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Love. Create. Celebrate. : Gardening Week: Shaded Flower Garden

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gardening Week: Shaded Flower Garden

Along with the many other gardening adventures we are starting this year, Mr. A and I decided to rip up the shaded garden under our back deck and make room for some nice flowers!

The gardens at this house were as low maintenance as gardens can get!
Junipers, mulch and rocks. That's it. You don't even need to water them!
This may appeal to some of you, and I can totally understand that, because it was very nice not to have to worry about any gardens when we moved into the house.
But since I have the time to rip them out now, and the wisdom of my mother-in-law, I figured its now or never! So we're turning this shaded region into a flower garden.
We may put other things in there one day, like chives or herbs, but this is step one.

So here's part of the back garden. Note that there is a single Juniper there!
And layers of mulch and rocks underneath.

Here's the whole garden and all of our tools - ready and raring to go!

And there's the lovely pile of rocks and mulch we removed!
We're shoveling it out of the way now - we dropped it off at mom's place later that day.
[ Sidenote: you can really see how shaded the garden is in this pic! ]

Daisy helping with the gardening

The rototilling begins again!

Mr. A cleaning off the edges

Ta-Da! Clean and ready for flowers :)

And HERE are some of the flowers that will go into the garden.
They were planted here first so that they could establish themselves in some soil while we waited for our garden to be ready. Now we just have to wait until they settled a bit before we transplant them again. Don't want them to have TOO much shock!
The main shade plant we have is Lily of the Valley. I can't wait to see them grow!


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