Labor Day weekend we celebrated laboring in the yard some more. My mom Jane and Tony’s friend Dave both joined us for the long weekend, and focused exclusively on the front yard. The first step was having someone remove many of the boulders and rocks that littered the yard. I put an ad on Craigslist, and an incredibly strong man managed to move most of the rocks, many of which were more than 3 feet in diameter, with nothing but a dolly and a winch. It took 3 trailer loads and almost an entire day to finish the job.
After that, we focused on 2 separate beds – one in the back of the yard near the house and one in the front near the sidewalk – that I wanted to put perennial flowers in. We loosened the dirt, removed and regraded the slope, and amended the dirt with composted manure to get ready for planting. We found a great end-of-season deal on perennials, so we were able to put almost everything I wanted in the flower beds.
In the back bed: spirea, sedums, Russian sage, purple coneflower, shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, foxglove, hyacinth, daffodils, alliums, tiger lillies, tulips, and iris. In the spring I will add blueberry bushes along the back on this bed.
In the front bed: Russian sage, purple coneflower, shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, foxglove, hyacinth, daffodils, alliums, tiger lillies, tulips, iris, crocus, and butterfly weed. I will add bee balm and milkweed to this bed either later this fall or in the spring.
Before and after photos are below.