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One of my gardening buddies help me pick out plants and helped with the layout. I planted them heehee :)
We started the project in March. Took about 2 months to clear the planter of the two pine trees, weed and plants i didn't want in the planter. Also, fixed the sprinklers and rotated the soil.
I used this time to look for plants and used the time to research all the plants my garden buddy and I chose. Had to make sure plants are for zone 8, drought tolerant (gets real hot up on the mountain - elevation about 3000) and cold hardy (long winters). Not very easy growing plants up here sheesh. Many many have died. Just because "they" sell plants local, doesn't mean it will grow! (rolling eyes right about now)
I figured out the best time of the year to plant up here, it is MAY! :) April is still too cold for many plants.
Soooooooo it all worked out because this is the month we finished the above then i started to plant. It took me about a couple weeks to finally plant everything. Considering the time for work, study (past every test I've taken so far, thank you very much ;) , playing around at my gardening sites and facebook two weeks is great timing! :)
Most all plants will eventually grow real tall. I chose big because little plants will just disapear on our property. I posted some images in my album here at GG but if you want to see clear shots see my flickr account : ) the pics are from today. I mulched all the plants first (last step) then took the pics.
I'm watering the plants everyday for a week or two but then I'll reduce the water timing to twice a week soon. Or maybe once a week depends on how the plants will do over the summer.
2 star jasmine, 4 rosemary, 2 camellia, 1 Aralia and many young agapanthus (I planted these couple years, i think), yellow hisbiscus, mix color snapdragons, 2 california lilacs, african white daisy, 3 red daylily a couple rock rose. many salvia, lavender and gaura for near the border of the walkway. Also in the planter tritoma & bulbine. Added cone flower seeds (not sure if these will grow though).
The only plant i bought just because i liked it is the hibiscus, not sure if it will survive the winter.
Well, i think i wrote about it all! :) I think i've already added pics of each plant in my 2010 album but will add more. The rest are in my Planter album.
Also you can see the pix here http://www.flickr.com/photos/
I've worked on two other planters, will update on them soon.
We have also built raised planters in the backyard, added roses and other plants. NOW there is grass too! WOOHOOO so nice to finally see color instead of dirt and it is real nice to see the humming birds and bees stick around too! :)
PS. the two pine tree stumps are still in the front planter. we are thinking about drilling a hole in 'em then maybe adding birthbaths in each one. Not sure yet if this will happen.