Only after I’d redesigned the border did I turn
my attention to the open area that used to be lawn. So let’s open up this shipment from Stepables and see what they sent!
- 5 each of 4 different types of thyme
- 5 Muehlenbeckia creeping wine vine
- 5 Sedum Baby Tears
- 4 Potentilla Nana
- 5 Leptinella Platt’s Black
- 5 Herniaria Green Carpet
- 5 Azorella Emerald Cushion
- 5 Ajuga Chocolate Chip that require shade, so were planted somewhere else.
My two lovely assistants and I had great fun opening the package and laying out the goodies inside. And the folks at Stepables know how to ship; I’ll say that.
But I have casualties to report already. (I know – bad gardener!) Only one of the four Azorellas survived the 6-week wait from delivery til planting was possible, probably because there wasn’t enough sun where I stored them. My diagnosis: they couldn’t dry out enough between my (probably too frequent) waterings. But I decided to plant the last one just to see how it does cause
I’m trialing here!
As you can see from the next photo, there was still plenty of bare ground
after the Stepables were planted, so I’ve moved gobs of creeping
sedum from where there’s too much. And I was GOING to try out a couple
of clover types but discovered they need to be planted in the
spring. I also learned that the red clover I was dead set on buying is
advertised as – get this – food for deer. Oh, just what
I need now that my town is overrun with them and we’re all giving our
hostas away. Anyway, in the spring I might still remove some
of the creeping sedum and plant some clover – for lots of good reasons, including nitrogen-fixing and feeding the bees. Meanwhile, I’m giving Eco-Lawn a try, too.
Now we all know that gardens look sparse until they fill
in but truth-to-tell, I’ve been known to give up on plants before they’ve had a chance to really show me their stuff. I’ve mended my ways, however, because I’m holding myself out as a gardening teacher and I don’t want to be exposed as a total hypocrite. But impatience is still a cross I bear and my first
impulse with this lawn reduction project is to fill it back in with turfgrass – ASAP. The rationalization goes: The whole project
wouldn’t be for naught because I’ve fixed the grade and improved the soil a bit and mulched.
Well, what would YOU do with this newly deturfed 500-square-foot space in full sun, on a hill? Plant taller things where the lawn was? I admit that
design-wise, it would be great to fill the former-lawn with
shrubs like Jean in Buffalo – but I’m trying to keep it open enough to swing the
garden hose across it without catching on anything. Is that a silly reason? How much would it cost, I wonder, to have a water line
dug across the lawn and available via a handy spigot in the woods?
I’ve always lusted after a more convenient water source than the ones
right at the house and now that I’m ham-stringing the whole garden
design by this garden hose problem, I’ve gotta reassess.