Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Beginnings

Here we have new plants in a new bed in front of a new stone wall. Yellow downy violets, shooting star ( pink and white) and blue bead lily have been planted here. the cage is to give some protection from passing animals who might want to try the newest thing on the menu. Wintergreen plants are on order to fill in the front of the bed.

The wildflower books consistently mention the importance of soil ph. The blue bead lily requires a very acid soil. We needed to make an adjustment. The area under a pine tree was scraped and screened to get some fine acidic compost. This material lined the planting holes for these lilies. Lighter colored soil surrounds these plants. We will wait and see if blue bead lilies can flourish here.

1 comment:

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

My goodness, you guys really have been busy planting and mixing soil! It will be exciting to watch all of the beautiful blooms pop up (hopefully). I still can't get over the amount of time and labor that Ed puts in building those walls! We just bought several pallets of field stone and built more walls around garden areas, but ours are pretty much just piled one on top of the other, with no real thought about proper wall building! It usually works out that the soil builds up firmly and everything settles into place. I admire both of your hard work!!