This is what the front door garden used to look like.
It looks pretty good from this angle, except for that huge vine on the tower, next to the kitchen windows. The vine is Madagascar Jasmine, aka Stefanotis. It’s a bit invasive, but not too bad and the flowers smell nice; it’s just in the wrong place. What you can’t see in this shot is that nasty asparagus fern behind it, in the corner. That thing had roots and “pods” as much as seven feet away from the main plant. I hope we got it all.
On Saturday we dug up the stefanotis and will replant it in a more appropriate place in the back yard, and replaced it with a clump of Japanese maples. The fern is history.
The next photo shows the beginning of the project.
These are stones we had on the property.
And this is what it looks like right now.
I still have some azaleas in pots to plant, a flat of lobelia, and I think it needs some “baby’s tears” moss. The approximation of a creek is a bit more convincing now, and when the plants are in it should look a lot better.
We bought the shiny rocks you see in the middle of the creek (expensive!) and we have some more of the smaller river stones that I will use to make the creek curve a bit more. I haven’t figured out how it should end near the walk, so that it doesn’t look so silly. Maybe a wider spot, like a pond. Later on, in a couple of months, we might put in a liner and a recirculating pump so that it becomes a water feature. The plant closest to the camera is dicentra, also called “bleeding heart”. Click on the picture to see the flowers.
After a little more work today:
Friday is Mr Pie’s day off so we’ll head to Mentone to pick up a couple of bigger river rocks for this project.