Dduring the week, I spend the mornings with my children, and work in the afternoons while Mr. Magpie takes the kids. So I like to always have an outdoor project going so we can all be outside. I do love being outside. When I am getting short-tempered, Mr. Magpie will joke that he needs to throw us outside. He’s usually right.
Right now I have this project going in the front garden to edge the beds that line the house with low evergreen plants and rocks. I’m hoping that beefing up the foundation beds will give my house a little depth and dimension, since it has none of it’s own.
I’ve been wanting to do something like this since we got the keys five years ago, but what finally kickstarted this project was a windfall of free rocks and free plants.
The rocks came from a house my in-laws bought in the area. They were just piled around a tree in the front yard. My in-laws didn’t want them, so we carted them home in the back of the car. It took several loads. Then we dumped them on the driveway, and there they sat for a bit (*cough* a year *cough*) while I tried to figure out how to come up with all the plants I would need.
Just when I was thinking how much I really wanted to finish this project and get the rocks off the driveway, I got my second windfall. I belong to a local garden swappers group on Facebook, and last week a generous, lovely woman on a local garden swappers board I am on, decided she was ready to get rid of her knot garden gave away a ton of euonymus plants because she didn’t want to have her knot garden anymore. I was lucky enough to be first on the scene, and I was able to dig up and bring home all the plants I needed to finish the project. They’re all a pretty common type of euonymus called Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’.
Right now I’m working on the part by the door. You can see here where I’ve got a good start.
It’s kind of fiddly, so I just do a few rocks every day. Here’s where the next section will go.
You can see how I’ve already got the euonymous in, and I’m working my way down the line.
Because the rocks were free and I didn’t know if I would have enough, I first distributed them all up and down the line on the grass so I could see if I was going to have enough to go straight across, or have to be artsy with groupings or something.
I also did the side by the other gate (I’m going to put a low hedge down the side there).
Of course what I’m NOT showing you is the fact that all the beds out by the sidewalk are full of weeds and grass.
Also, the bed that’s front and center doesn’t have greenery OR rocks yet. But I’m working on it!
Let’s look at something else before we sign off. I’ve been simplifying and cleaning up the borders, as I go, making sure there’s room for hydrangeas and daylilies to go with all the evergreens.
Of course, on the sunny side of the yard nearer the fence, there will be roses. Lots and lots of roses. That’s just required.
I also want to have a brick path leading to the front door, and I actually scored a huge pile of free bricks this summer to do that with. I don’t know if I’ll get it done this year, it might have to wait with fall rocketing this way. But at least the bricks are stored nicely, and not just dumped on the driveway. My neighbors are pleased, I think.
Are you doing any projects in your front garden this summer?