In the garden: Rebuilding the front yard after the destruction
So here is the current state of play:
The gas company's earth moving equipment rolled through on its tracks between the two dotted black lines, giving the filbert tree a miss, as I requested, but wrecking the rock garden and taking a dump of asphalt backing out. So I shoveled out the asphalt, raked out the pebbles, and filled in the whole with the remnants of a yard of good soil I had left over in the driveway from last year. Then I restored the little white fence, to tell the town that I am a respecter of property lines.
So now I have some bare earth and, at the right, sand from the plows during the long and awful winter. (Lots of people in the town are complaining about how much sand there is, but at least there's no more salt!) What to do?
The sun (yellow arrow from West) is from late morning onward, very good for my location. The sidewalk is as you see; as ever, I wish to present a changing prospect to the pedestrian: Things should change their aspect and relations as the pedestrian changes their position. So that is one design goal....
Staring from top left, (1) (green) I have to reconstitute the rock garden. The portion you can't see, at left, has violets and columbines growing in it, and I might transplant other violets in from elsewhere. Mostly I've filled it up with pansies, although I had columbines to vary the height. I might do the same again, but I have to go dig up some rocks or stones for the border from somewhere; the very nice outcroppings that once were are underground, I think, from the gas company digging and drilling.
Next (2) (yellow) we have a sandy area. Oddly, under the sand is perfectly respectable, wormy, sheet-mulched soil. I think I'm going to leave that sand as is, as an experiment, and move some Black-Eyed Susans into that area. These will grow very tall. I'll put the low-to-the-ground bulbs in front of them, at an angle.
For (3) (red) I'm going to seed with wild-flowers because I have a bag of that seed left from last year. I assume it's still good. After they've started, I'll seed around them with clover. I might, now that I think of it, put some zinnias along the fence on the inside. Bees love them.
Finallly (4) (white) I'll seed the front area with clover.
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I'm not sure if this meets the design goal or not. I'm not a masses of color kinda guy; I'm more about individual plants that are pleasing to look at in relation to what's around them. (My patch is so small that makes sense.) I like watching plants grow and be happy. But will this arrangement create enough visual interest as a pedestrian walks by? I don't know. Constraints: I don't like work, and this year have even less money than usual. So ideas like "Oh! A water feature!" are out. Also, because of the winter and the plows, this area is brutal; I put a nice echinacea plant in last year and it's dead. So much for that perennial!
Readers, gardeners, thoughts? I've got to get this going soon, since Memorial Day will shortly be upon us (although if it's still too fucking cold, I might delay 'til June 1).