Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Hillside Tapestry Begins

A gray and rainy day was perfect for relocating some things that fell out of the ground at the resident gardeners place. No I did not dig up this pink Azalea.

The diffused light was good for taking pictures when I woke up quite late this morning. I must have needed the extra rest.

The Rhododendrons, Dogwoods, Cherry Trees and Azaleas now believe it is spring, and have started their own show.

The various un-named Azaleas go first. There are a lot of Rhododendrons to follow.

It was predicted to rain most of the day and the day was half over by the time I got moving. It seemed the perfect time and conditions to relocate some low mounding color and texture to the hill below my cabin.

This slope in the utility easement is south facing and gets full sun most of the day. Sun in the forest is a precious resource not to be wasted.

So far I have planted:
2 - Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star', received as a landscape consultation tip of sorts.
1 - Carex elata 'Aurea', I bought myself something.
8 - Iberis sempervirens, they germinate in the driveway at the resident gardeners. A lot of good stuff germinates in the gravel driveway.
5 - Bearded Iris, They are unknowns until they bloom and were crowding the path at their former home.
2 - Alyssum montanum 'Basket of Gold', they germinated in the gravel drive too.
3 - Daffodil groupings, the Hankodils are at the forest edge.

To the right of this shot, the other, lower half of this slope has had a few things planted as well. (not pictured)

6 - Spiraea japonica, transplanted out of the gravel driveway today.
1 - Andromeda polifolia 'Blue Bog'
1 - Erica x darleyensis 'Mediterranean Pink' and
1 - Kniphofia

The Chionodoxa and Ixiolirion bulbs from Elizabeth are on this lower portion of the slope too.

There is a lot of ground to cover, but this is a start that I will be able to propagate from. Walking paths and maintenance paths need to be formally dug into the hill. I'll add that chore to the list.


chuck b. said...

Besides a little pruning and some clean-up, it looks like plants outside Clyde need absolutely help from a gardener once established.

Frances, said...

You have your own personal shopping mall in the gravel, what luck. Our gravel does the same thing, mostly annuals. They are so easy to dig out too. Your package will be mailed via usps this morning, be looking for it in a couple of days.

Christopher C. NC said...

Frances I will find good homes/spots on my section of the mountain for the goodies you send. I have an abundance of microclimates.

Patchy frost is predicted for Wednesday morning. I'll have to bring all my germinating seeds in for the night. Right now they are being flooded and I have to drain the trays.

Frances, said...

Hmm, my seedlings are under the glass topped table on the deck, for protection from various dangers, like flooding, but I forgot about the hole in the center of the table for an umbrella. The foxglove babies got the flood treatment. Maybe they should all come back in, the orchids too for the cold snap coming, blackberry winter. Right on time, our wild blackberries are just opening their buds. This should be the last cold spell, according to the legends. Your package should be there Wednesday or Thursday, depending on your postal carrier's feelings towards you. We give gifts to our mailman of plants and he returns the favor. ;->

Christopher C. NC said...

Frances we are one winter behind you. This would be our Dogwood winter now.

Our US mail carrier has gotten all kinds of stuff, tomatoes and iris that I know of.