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Imagechelle
May 1, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I started a project 3 years ago to facilitate easier foot travel between our two houses over an area of yard that is a natural water run-off into our lake.
Sticky mud all but a few dry months of the year.
I began by carting over by wheelbarrow a huge amount of yard scrapings from my local materials company. Dirt, mulch, and rock. I piled this up starting from both ends of our respective decks, leaving an opening for the run-off in the center to be very simply bridged. Then I started sheet composting the sides to prepare for moisture loving woodland plants. I laid in lots of compost, horse manure, leaves, dead weeds, anything organic and degradable. Last year I checked the composition of this soil and it was still a bit sticky and raw, so I planted only a few things that I found around here. Some Joe Pye Weed for the butterflies, some Hosta starts and some iris. This year I can see that the soil has mellowed and is ready to plant. So....I bought some different varieties of hardy ferns, split some Astilbe, and added some Columbines. There are also some Violas and Violets that came back from last year's soil experiment trials.
Yesterday when I looked over there the wind was playing havoc with my newly planted ferns so I gathered up a bunch of cut wood from a tree we lost last year in an ice storm and placed pieces on the windward sides of the plants. Now they have little growing nooks that are partially protected, (like they would have in a natural woods) and look much happier. Then I filled in around the plants with leaves that I gathered last fall and put on a heap to have for this project. I tried to get some pics to show, but they are really sad.
This first one is of the very simple bridge and the fern area.

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Imagechelle
May 1, 2010 5:44 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
This one is at Mom's end looking down the raised pathway toward my house. You can just make out the bridge toward the middle of this shot.

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Imagechelle
May 1, 2010 5:46 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Meadowsweet there in front. Lake and lakeside swing in the background.

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mekos
May 1, 2010 5:55 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
That was a great idea and I'm looking forward to seeing more on how it ends up. I like it. You are doing a great job. WOW! That is neat.
Imagechelle
May 1, 2010 6:03 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you! When I get a good pic looking down from the deck I'll add it. I love it cause it should look pretty natural and peaceful. This area is part of what I can see when I'm sitting on the deck in my *take a break* chair. Smiling
ImageSeray
May 1, 2010 7:25 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Looks wonderful Chelle! Peaceful. Can't wait to see it fill in.
Imagechelle
May 2, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you Seray.
The ferns are supposed to be pretty large, so maybe it won't take very long to fill in.
My mountain lilies have really reproduced this year. Think they might like these conditions too? Shady. Sticky soil, constantly damp?
I might try adding some of them as well once they stop blooming.
ImageSeray
May 2, 2010 8:20 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
My grandmother used to transplant wildflowers into her shady gardens. I remember digging it up as a kid for her. I don't know what a mountain lily is. Can you show us a pic?
Imagechelle
May 2, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
This is the variety that I have. Lavender Mountain Lily
I bought a small bag of bulbs 2 years ago, now I have lots of them. Since my soil PH won't easily support Bluebells, this is my alternative. Big Grin
ImageSeray
May 2, 2010 7:24 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Wow That's pretty! Looks like a blue daylily.
Imagechelle
May 2, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
They are small flowers, and hang downward like a bluebell, but I love the blues!
Blue is also my son's favorite color. Tomorrow I have to get my Borage seeds started. More true blue.... Smiling
mekos
May 2, 2010 7:31 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
OOoowww, Blue is my favorite color too. I love blue. Those are pretty.
Imagechelle
May 2, 2010 7:59 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hah! I just posted much the same thing over at your cubit! Boy, we do get around don't we? Tee hee hee Smiling
mekos
May 2, 2010 8:34 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Rolling on the floor laughing I agree
Imagechelle
May 7, 2010 1:15 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Here is a photo of mountain lilies and species columbines in with the garden fairy. Don't look for the fairy, she is in hiding. She didn't photograph well this time, maybe next try I'll get her!

Hmmm,.....there is something else in there, can't recall what it is. I'd better go look. Might be the toadhouse. If so it's not where I originally put it. Little people..... or little person at work?

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mekos
May 7, 2010 2:05 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Looks like a frog in there chelle. But I love the blue bells flowering and the columbine. Wow. Great colors.
Imagechelle
May 7, 2010 2:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
It was the toadhouse. I set it back up, it had tipped a little and look who was under it.

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Imagechelle
May 7, 2010 2:14 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Here is the fairy girl. Happy as always.

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mekos
May 7, 2010 2:15 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Love both but not the visitor. I would have had to go change my clothes if it had been here. *Blush*
Imagechelle
May 7, 2010 2:41 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
That snake has a booboo. Looks like a cat might have got a-hold of him. Two puncture wounds, he should be all right though. I hope so. Snakes are great around the house and farm, especially when you have a compost pile that is just a pile, not in a closed container. Helps keep the little furry guys under control. I won't put out mouse bait, a child and too many other animals around here.

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