This morning I finally had time to do some gardening. We have new neighbors to the north, and they've been hard at work in their yard, setting a high bar for everyone else on the block. Last week they planted flowers on the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street in front of their house. This morning I had enough time to rise to the challenge. (I will try to post pix before S. and I take off to Omaha tomorrow for M.'s graduation from Med school! Way to go, Sis!) I planted two beds in my boulevard strip—one next to the sidewalk with a red Peony, pink Astilbe, purple-tinged Heuchera (coral bells) and three plantings of four Brodiaea bulbs, nestled in cypress mulch. I'm really excited about the Brodiaea—I've never planted it before—it should have purple star-shaped flowers (provided it comes up...)
The other bed surrounds the trunk of the Poplar tree. I transplanted four Hostas from my rock garden in the back yard. (coming ever closer to a Hosta-free state. It's not that dislike Hostas per se, I just have so many of them, and they multiply like rabbits!) . I had a more ornate planting scheme which was thwarted by several shallow tree roots. The next time I'm at the nursery I'll probably buy some Vinca to fill in the rest of the bed. In the mean time, the mulch will have to do.
Check back for pix soon!