I thought I would take a few pictures of the area behind my pond that I've been working on. One reason was that hopefully next summer I'll look back at these pictures and think, "Wow, look how much everything has grown." The sun is so low now there really hasn't been a good time of day to take pictures in the backyard so I thought I'd run out and take some while the clouds were covering it.
I removed almost everything but the hardy fuchsia in this area. I added lots of compost to the soil before I replanted anything. It looked so strange to see that much bare ground in my yard, but I've quickly filled in a lot of that empty space.
The Oakleaf Hydrangea looks awful in this picture, but in person it doesn't look so bad. The reddish shrub is the Ninebark (Physocarpus) Coppertina 'Mindia'. There are Heucheras, Echinacea 'Sundown', Penstemon 'Husker Red', Phygelius 'Coral Princess' and other perennials.
This is the corner of the pond where I added Japanese Blood Grass 'Red Baron' and some more Heucheras.
Phygelius 'Coral Princess'
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra) 'All Gold'
I'd also like to say congratulations to all of the Blotanical award winners. I didn't win any, but I have to say the excitement of seeing my blog nominated was as good as winning to me. I started this blog as a way of keeping track of things I worked on in my garden and a way to connect with other gardeners who felt the same way about gardening as I do. Gardening has been such a wonderful way to teach my girls about how important taking care of our world is. That by what we do in our small yard can benefit animals, birds, insects and our neighbors. It has been fun being able to share what we do and that so many people have found it interesting is just unbelievable to me. I want to say thank you to all of you that take the time to visit my blog whether it's daily, once a week or just when you have time. Thank you also to everyone that voted for my blog, especially when there are so many wonderful blogs to choose from, and thank you to all of my garden friends I've made since I started this blog.