I thought I'd do a quick post on some of the other gardening projects I've been working on during the past couple of months. In November, I cleaned up the flower bed in front of our house. This involved mainly digging a new trench outlining the bed and importing some fresh soil. In this bed, I planted three types of peonies - one with white blooms (Duchess de Nemours), one with deep red blooms (Paul M. Wild) and an unknown pink variety I'd bought at a steep discount. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers and in my opinion deserve a prominent place in any garden. This spot in front of our home, however, tends to be on the shady side so I'm not entirely convinced they will fair well here. I'll see how they grow next summer and will move them to a sunnier spot in our backyard if necessary.
In addition to the front bed, I installed this side bed that now runs all the way to the back of our home. To the left of the side window shown here, I've since planted a peach colored climbing rose and two English roses (one white and one red) that smell absolutely heavenly. This is my first time growing roses so I have lots of learning to do this winter. The remainder of this space will be planted with perennial flowers until I can decided on more permanent plants and shrubs.
In the back of our home, I began work on another planting bed that sits opposite to the one I'd previously installed on the other side of this fence. This particular bed practically runs all the way from the back of our home to the side entrance of our barn. For this space, I'm envisioning a 'cottage garden' type of planting bed with a mix of flowering shrubs, fruiting vines, herbs, vegetables and perennial flowers.
Here's another view of this bed from a different angle. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to have another shipment of soil delivered before our first snow storm arrived, so in all likelihood, this project will have to remain on hold for the time being.
It will be at least a few years before these beds are fully planted. Along the way, I'm sure there will plenty of changes made to the overall design and look of them. Who know how it will all turn out. But then again, I think this is precisely what makes gardening so rewarding and in many ways, so much fun.