Our weather has been supreme. Fall is trying to arrive = bliss. After spending literally hours lounging on my porch over coffee with neighbors, I finally got moving on Sunday. My project? Landscape around my back steps. The reason? My friend and client who built and had his crew install the steps-that-are-probably-worth-more-than-my-house for free is coming over today to see them. YIKES. As I've said before, I am nothing without a deadline.
I started with a trip to Home Depot landscape which was a huge fail. Zzzzzz. Nothing remarkable there at all. I headed over to Redenta's. And had to make two trips home to get all my bounty to my house!
I procured Ajuga Chocolate Chip groundcover (3); butterfly weed (3) a flat of ferns, a flat of Munstead English Lavender, a flat of Peppermint, Phlox (2), Bee Balm (3), Hick's Yew (3), Japanese Yew (1), Flowering Senna (3). Then a bottle of Liquid Seawood for feeding, 2 bags of cedar mulch (mmmm smells soo good) and 7 bags of compost. And before I got all that, I had 3 flats of lantana (only $10 a flat!) from Red's and my excursion to the Farmer's Market the day before. (Saturday's post will come later. I know -- out of order -- I'm a rebel.)
I was repeatedly thankful for my Mantis tiller that Red gave me. It made such easy work of a huge task. Huge. Task. And now for the great photo reveal:
First, just for fun, let's take a trip down memory lane.
Words defy this deck structure that was there when I moved in. I'm sure I displaced any number of creatures when I took that out.
The deck came down, the steps were saved and swiveled around for temporary use (omg they were so rickety/hazardous!) and the original concrete steps were discovered.
Then there was nothing...
And here we are today! It's been a really long road.
I need to re-mulch that area but I ran out of mulch...
Peeking under the porch area -- lantana along the house and the edge of the porch, and behind the lantana underneath the structure are the baby ferns. I love ferns so I really hope this proves to be the perfect shady location for them. In front of the concrete footing are 2 of the Butterfly Weed (sort of hard to see) and 3 lavender -- the lighter colored clumps of green.
Being planted tonight? The 3 Flowering Senna, the 3 Hick's Yew, and the Japanese Yew. Check in tomorrow for photos!