Sort of like right now with this blog post. It consists of a series of before and after shots of beds here indicating the editing, both adding and subtracting, that I've been doing the past few weeks. After my efforts the focus of what I've got growing in these beds now has shifted to more accurately reflect one of the more objective goals of gardening:supporting wildlife with native plants.
This may not enter new territory or be particularly entertaining for some and that's fine. I need to have these images on this site in a post because awareness aside, I view things differently once they are on my computer screen. It is an entirely arbitrary distinction how I see them when they are similarly screen bound as raw photos in a digital library, but in my mind the distinction and the difference exists. So let's get looking, shall we?
There were two beds I focused on as I applied the first of several changes. The bigger bed, which I'll call the Big Bed, and the bed that is a bit shaped like a boat that I'll call the Ship Bed. From both I removed large clumps of non-natives, many of which became passalong plants and a few of which were transplanted to areas out front.
This was the Previous State of Being in the Big Bed. This is where most of our edible plants live. I'd already transplanted out Jewels of Opar and most of the garlic chives.
As a parting gesture I buried some nasturtium seed for our winter salads. Hey, people need to eat, too. If some of everything planted and scattered here comes up? This bed will be a pretty lively and delicious space.
On to the Ship Bed. This shot was taken before removing most of the non-natives. Honestly I look at this and think it looks pretty good as is. So why would I want to move around healthy plants doing well and looking good right where they are?
native rain lily, I put in pink and yellow rain lilies, some ox-blood lilies, (I'm OK with a few non-native plants) and scattered seed for native wildflowers here as well.
Flame Acanthus I transplanted here from the front where it was courting death after suffering from an excess of shade and deer attack. I put in another H. Duelberg salvia with its blue blossoms to echo the bed across the walk, and to complement the acanthus' orange display. Both acanthus and salvia once fully grown, will provide additional shading for various rain lilies, which like some sun cover during the Spring and Summer months. I'm excited to see how these plants will all fill in and flower as their season to shine approaches. In the meantime, I'm very happy with this early display as a promise of beauty to come.
|Pink Rain Lily, probably Habranthus robustus|