Today, I’m digging up most of my bulbs in the front yard. I’ve hired a landscape designer to help me with the gardens. Are you surprised?. Well, the photo on the left is my home’s front view taken early last spring. This looks good.
The photo, below, is of another bed to the right of my front door. It doesn’t look so great and breaks lots of landscaping rules. See that long, straight line of rusty brown cutting in the middle of the bed in half?
Garden designers will tell you that isn’t good. Straight lines say “formal,” and in some settings (like Buckingham Palace) formal is good. However, in front of a log house out in the woods, it’s a no, no.
It’s a little like Mr. McGregor’s Daughter’s famous green mustache, which she fixed last summer.
I’ve looked at that straight line for six years and always wondered how to fix it.
For one thing, HH’s back is bad, so he can’t help remove the concrete edging, and I’m not strong enough either.
So, when the Diva’s high school had an auction, I bought the services of Tony’s Tree Plantation. Before I bought the package, I saw Tony’s work at the Diva’s school. I was excited that he relied on high quality plants and used natural elements in his design, like stone walkways, boulders, mounded earth, and dry riverbeds.
He developed a site plan, and was supposed to start work in February. That would give me time to move my bulbs and perennials. His company will move some of the existing shrubs and replant them elsewhere. I’ve still got to decide just where elsewhere is.
When most contractors say they’ll start in February, that really means March. (I say this as a contractor’s wife, and I understand better than most why schedules can change.) Imagine my surprise when Tony called today and said he can start Tuesday. That’s next Tuesday, as in the 27th.
He, like most landscapers, usually deals with blank slates at new homes. My home is so not a blank slate. It is filled to overflowing with perennials and shrubs and bulbs. In fact, last fall, inspired by my bulb planting friends on Plurk, like Elizabeth, Kathy, Cindy, Carol, Leslie and Mary Ann (have I missed anyone?), I planted more bulbs than ever. I don’t want to lose my pricey bulbs, and I want a floral Easter, so all of them must be removed.
Here’s my plan. I marked where all the new bulbs are planted. I’m going to use a shovel to scoop under them and move them mostly intact to a box. I’ll fill in the edges with potting soil and then water. I’m re-using all of the boxes which brought Christmas gifts to my house. I saved them for this purpose. I hope the bulbs will only be out of the ground for a week. Once the other landscaping is in place, I’ll plop them into the ground, and we’ll pray all is well.