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Old 05-27-2012, 10:54 AM   #21
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Ha ha ha.... she's infected you!!! She infected me too.... she's got me eyeballing every nook and cranny of my property looking for "pocket potential" and NOW.... she's got me eyeballing a spot for tiers!!!!
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:19 AM   #22
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How about a pocket woodland garden? I planted these yesterday, Indian Physic, Solomon's Seal, a bunch of wild blue phlox, wild geranium, wood poppies, golden alexanders, and golden ragwort along the path through the woods. I just planted a Beautyberry at the entrance to the path at the edge of the lawn which you can see on the left.

It's a small nook that I think will look great when they all grow in together and I'm good about weeding.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:02 PM   #23
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The terraces are coming along nicely, especially since we had a great rainfall last night. I needed even more sunny garden plants so I have more coming next week.
4 Rattlesnake Master, I love these guys, so architectural, 4 Prairie blazingstar, also amazing, tall and drought resistant, 4 verbena hastata, I think my soils are better suited for this one than V. stricta, a wild quinine (wild card???) and 4 pale purple coneflower. Who knows? I'm just wanting to finish up planting and mulching for the summer and enjoy.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:01 AM   #24
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It's due time for an update on the terraces. I've been very pleased with the results of spring planting. My idea of mostly grasses with interspersed forbs is turning out well. So far I have planted wild bergamot, prairie blazingstar, dense blazingstar, white phlox paniculata, wild petunia, rose verbena, blue vervain, blue sage, wild quinine, pale purple coneflower, purple coneflower, rattlesnake master, smooth aster, blue-eyed grass, nodding onion, joe-pye weed, smooth beardtongue, foxglove beardtongue and downy phlox for forbs (I think that's it). For grasses I have two varieties of switchgrass, Northwind and Haense Herms, the species little bluestem and the variety Blue Heaven, Indiangrass, and prairie dropseed.

All the daylilies have gone away (happy day right dap?) and all but one Pennisetum are gone, given away to my landscaper neighbor (she's coming to take the last monsterously huge grass). There's still more to do, the bottom terrace needs to be redone, I still need to take out the irises and ligularia and replace them with natives. This tier is a shady area that needs tough plants. The ferns and columbine and green and gold that went in last year are doing well but need division and spacing out. The swamp milkweed really suffered from aphids this year and I have to rethink if I want them in the garden or plant them out in the sinkhole where I don't care how scruffy they look. I plan to add more monarda around the rose (sorry, I can't give it up!) either more bergamot or a pink M. didyma.

After it's all said and done there should only be two non-natives in the terraces, the rose and my Black Beauty lilies.

I took these photos this morning, sorry for the mess, I was weeding and digging and potting up daylilies and pennisetum yesterday.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:29 AM   #25
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Your terraces have a very inviting feel to them. Too often, in my mind, landscape views go for that big wave of color. The down side to the big wave approach is that once you've had a short look at it it's over. There's nothing left for the eye or mind to explore.

Your terraces, on the other hand, invite the eye and the mind to explore every nook and cranny. All the varieties of form, texture and color invite the viewer in for a closer look. I can imagine that every step would reveal a new scene. To a viewer interested in nature it creates new expectations at every change in plant genus.

A terrace like yours can provide many, many hours of viewing pleasure. Very nicely done!
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:52 AM   #26
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Thank you NEWisc! I'm flattered. Yes, I have done the big wave of color, my pocket prairie for example. Birds and butterflies are supposed to respond to those big waves, but there are certain instances, like this, that invites one in.

I have a bench in the garden where I sit at the end of the day and just look upon my terraces. It's a special time for me. And I have found that the birds and butterflies use this garden as much as the big sweeps of flowers in the prairie bed. Sometimes bigger is not better.

My plan is to expand the stone walkway from the terraces to connect to the woodland path. I've worked hard on the woodland this year, trying to eliminate the Japanese stilt grass, mulch the path, and add native plantings. This winter I hope to add a half-moon shaped stone floored area in front of the woodland for a wood-fired grill and small pond. The projects never end!
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Sounds great....and it's looking good!

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All the daylilies have gone away (happy day right dap?)...
~smile~ Sounds good to me! I'm guessing you don't miss them or you'd not have removed them.

You've obviously done a LOT of work on that project with still more to do. Is it worth it?

Aside from the beauty of the ntives, have you seen more wildlife activity? More biodiversity?

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:04 PM   #28
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I soak up every day when I see all the wildlife that surrounds me dap. It's what keeps me alive. Just today, spicebush swallowtails puddling on the terraces, a doe following the mown trails sporting a new fall coat, migrating hummingbirds finding the feeder and the salvias, pearl crescents going about their nectaring . . .

I'm just really in awe of all that surrounds me, and grateful for itl
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I soak up every day when I see all the wildlife that surrounds me dap. It's what keeps me alive. Just today, spicebush swallowtails puddling on the terraces, a doe following the mown trails sporting a new fall coat, migrating hummingbirds finding the feeder and the salvias, pearl crescents going about their nectaring . . .

I'm just really in awe of all that surrounds me, and grateful for itl
It sounds wonderful! I'm glad you are seeing so much and enjoying it each and every day.

I can't wait until I see as much visiting here.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:33 PM   #30
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You will dap, will all you are doing, especially your pond and stream project! I just want to raise my head up from all the work and really look around, take time to see what's working, and appreciate it. It makes me want to do more.
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