Monday, May 26, 2008

Anatomy of a New Flower Bed

BD and I have been wanting to create a new flower bed in the front yard around a maple tree we planted a couple of years ago. Earlier this spring, we decided to wait until the fall to tackle this project in case we had another drought this summer. However, a couple of weeks ago, we made the mistake of going to a local nursery "just to look" at what we could plant in the flower bed. Right. We came home that same day and started working on the layout. Over the next several days we de-grassed the area and brought in new dirt to create the bed. It's been finished for about two weeks now, and we are really glad we went ahead with it. Here are some shots of our progress:

We first used the garden hose to layout the shape we wanted the bed to be - then we went back and marked the perimeter with flags. It is a diamond shape but with rounded points.

Next we de-grassed the area, so we wouldn't have to fight as many weeds down the road.

The real challenge was getting all the plants laid out so it looks good now and so they won't be on top of each other as they get to full size.

This is the finished bed. We planted a total of 6 double knock out roses (3 to the left and 3 to the right of the tree), 4 abelia kaleidoscopes (bright green leaves - 2 in front of the tree and 2 behind the tree), and 2 loropetalum rubies (dark purple leaves - 1 in front of the tree and 1 behind the tree).

Unfortunately, the roses went into some pretty severe transplant shock (wilted and dropped their flowers) when we planted them. They are finally starting to recover now, and we are hoping to have some more blooms in a few weeks. I'll post some more pictures as they bud and bloom again.

On a somewhat related note, does anyone know what this is? It is on a few of the leaves of the maple tree and a Google search of "red bullseye on maple tree leaves" didn't turn up much info.

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