This was one of the first beds that we planted twenty-some years ago.
It became the place where some of the rejected plants were planted.
And the plants that spread, or weren’t exactly my favourites anymore.
As you can see, it had become overgrown and rather ugly. I made the decision to tear it all out, with trying to save a few special plants. So we started digging by hand, but it was way too hard, and way too much.
Time to call in the machinery, as in, the friend with a mini back hoe.
I tried to salvage a few pieces of plants by taking them out first. As the back hoe pulled up stuff, we cleaned out as many roots and remains as we could. I left in a lilac tree, a red twig dogwood, a nest spruce, a golden cedar, and a couple of spireas. At the far end there is also a crabapple tree, and honeysuckle bush.
We got some composted manure for it, and rented a tiller to mix it all in. I bought a few golden cedars, and replanted whatever I had saved.
That’s where we left it last fall.
This spring, everything I planted came up. As did many daffodils that got tossed about in the soil, and thousands of baby onions? Maybe they were in the manure? I don’t know, but they are not fun to remove.
I have since added in dahlias, day lilies, monkshood, and some annuals. More perennials to be added in as they become available from other areas of the garden. For now, I’m trying to keep it weeded, and trying to get rid of all those onions!