Prettification of the eyesore proceeds apace

A week or two ago we ordered three cubic yards of topsoil delivered, and all of it – all of it – went right here.

Three cubic yards is a lot. It’s spread deep; I basically just dumped wheelbarrowloads right next to each other and did very minimal spreading-out. It took me two days and it was hard work.

I sheet mulched underneath with cardboard on the closer side. On the other side, where there was a height difference of nearly 10 inches between the soil and the path, went the five wheelbarrowloads of bark chips and organic debris that I gathered up when I finally raked the log-splitting site. (We work slow around here). That bed ought to be incredibly fertile in just a couple years, as the bark begins to decompose and act like an organic sponge.

I planted a random bag of mixed daylilies (which promptly got fried as the next day was 85 degrees!) and Sofía did a good job helping me to sprinkle the seeds from my bee flower forage mix. They’ve germinated, and Sofía got really excited to see them come up. Too bad they won’t contribute to this spring’s honey flow though, because it’s starting right now and I sowed these way too late. No worries though – they’ll help sustain the bees through the rest of the year.

Now I get to start drafting plans for a couple of nicely landscaped perennial beds, as we’re going to the nursery for Mother’s Day – whoopee! :)

I’m thinking white river birches for structure, and maybe a quince or two for color. I really want a weeping willow, but with the pool right there and the willow’s reputation for roots breaking pipes… I’m not so sure I want to risk it. Suggestions?

5 Responses to “Prettification of the eyesore proceeds apace”

  1. heidi Says:

    Beautiful and soo much work! Birches are nice near water. How about a weeping deodar instead of willow if you want a weepy tree. I don’t know if they do well there, but they use them in Japanese gardens here.

  2. heidi Says:

    Also, so glad you are including Sofia in planting and she can see what happens from seeds to plants. She won’t forget these early fun times.

  3. Rose Says:

    Weeping cherry! (No idea if that would be good or not–I just love them.)

  4. diana Says:

    Rose: I thought about weeping cherries because I love them too! But with the swampiness down there I really need to get something that tolerates wet feet, like river birches. I figure the messiness won’t be that much of an issue way down there).

    Mama: Aren’t deodars pretty slow growers? Anyway I think you hit it right on the money when you said birches. I’m going to plant a weeping willow on the other side of the pond, further away from the pool.

  5. Da' Says:

    I have that big ole pine tree in my planted area towards the front of the house (by the driveway). About 8 years ago I put in 14″ of good topsoil to fill the area and we built that stone wall to hold it (You helped me out.) The pine tree roots have invaded every inch of the planting area and it is a pain to dig just one little hole for a new plant. Plants seem to struggle there. I am thinking: beware the Willow trees with their mil:mrgreen:lions of thirsty, invasive roots.
    Da’

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