|Before work began|
|After the edge of the new border was defined|
Last week, we finished digging out the sod.
|New extended fountain bed|
In January, my husband also removed the snorkel spa on the far left side of the backyard border. I described this spa, which is heated using firewood rather than electricity, last year. Taking out the spa proved to be relatively easy but clearing the 6-inch layer of gravel underneath it took time.
|Photo of the snorkel spa taken last year|
The wood salvaged from deconstruction of the spa will be used to build furniture for the backyard patio - someday. At present, it's neatly stacked in the garage.
|What I hope my husband will turn into a patio dining table|
However, the most important thing is that the spa's removal leaves another empty spot to fill with plants!
|Bed sans spa|
We ordered topsoil to backfill the new beds. It took the 2 of us several hours to move and spread the soil over the 2 beds.
|3 cubic yards of topsoil|
|New bed with fresh topsoil|
I've been deliberating on my planting scheme for some time. I have a long list of options for both the new beds but I've yet to draw up planting plans. However, I signed up with Pinterest and created a bulletin board to capture ideas for the new border. (I ended up creating 5 boards - Pinterest can easily become a time-consuming obsession!)
I already have a few plants for each new bed. One of the Japanese maples I splurged on recently will go into the extended fountain border. The Driyms lanceolata supplanted by the other Japanese maple will go into the bed formerly occupied by the spa. I also have a few plants I mail-ordered from Annie's Annuals & Perennials set aside, as well as a new pot, which will mark the transition from the side yard path to the grass path between the 2 backyard borders. I've even got some seeds germinating - my first attempt at starting seeds indoors rather than directly planting them in place.
|Acer palmatum Mikawa Yatsubasa, already beginning to leaf out|
|Purchases from Annie's Annuals & Perennials: Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' and Scorzonera hispanica (aka Black Salsify), which I potted up pending placement in the new bed|
|I bought this pot for another purpose, then decided it would be perfect to mark the transition from the side yard to the backyard (provided that I can pick up its mate this week)|
I've still got a LOT of plant shopping to do and I'm looking forward to it! That will have to wait a bit, though, as we have not one but 2 rainstorms expected this week!!!