I spent the weekend digging up Florence’s old Iris’, Peony and Hostas and moving them around. Jon tilled four gardens and we put in some perennials and a magnolia tree that we got at a nursery in Vermont. A great place with tons of cats running around (really only 8 we were told, but they seemed to be everywhere) turtles and parrots in one of the green houses and lots of colorful flowers. We got a bunch of last year’s perennials, winter hardened and ready to plant. By the time we put the mulch down this evening, I was tied and a bit overwhelmed. So much space to fill and at this point the plants are all so tiny.
But there was one “garden” that gave me immediate satisfaction. It’s a small space between the back steps and the basement door, probably 10×20 inches. I planted a circle of Hens and Chicks and placed a flat red rock behind it. On top of that I put one of the two really interesting rocks that I dug out of the Iris bed. One was a big piece of Quartz (that, Jon has in his office) and this one is a white rock loaded with mica. The black mulch add to the simplicity of the design. A lovely little garden, self contained and easy to care for.