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Re: Garden Projects

Chris can you use good sized rocks for edging?  You can lay those in curved lines and they look quite natural.  

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Chris@widom-assoc.com
Sent: 8/6/2004 8:35:53 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Garden Projects

> Dear All,
> I've been trying to put some finishing touches on some of my gardens. Some
> of the areas needed something to unify or define them.  For instance, I have
> a wide brick pathway leading to my house that is straight on one side and
> curved on the other. One side gets a lot of shade and is planted with
> hellebores, hosta, fringed bleeding heart, anemones, HAKONECHOLA MACRA
> AUREOLA, Liriope, tiarella, Japanese painted ferns, columbines, pulmonaria,
> etc.  There are shade loving shrubs and red cedars in this garden as well.
> It has a meandering pathway going through it that was just shredded mulch.
> Today I placed some flat rocks, that I had left over from dismantling a
> small rock wall, along the path in an asymmetrical pattern.  Then I added a
> big deep green glazed pot that I am going to plant with ferns, variegated
> grasses, and maybe a silvery begonia or pulmonaria. What a difference it
> made to the garden!  It feels like a "destination" now!
> I have other shady gardens with wide pathways that  just have leaf mulch for
> walkways.  I was thinking of cutting up some red cedar logs that we have on
> the property, after cutting down some trees, and making pavers out of them
> to define another pathway.  These are informal areas with naturalistic
> plantings, so edgings don't really fit. Does anyone have any other ideas?
> I also spent hours in the last few days trying to clean Houttiana cordata,
> Chameleon vine, out of a small potion of another bed. I've done this before
> in another area and the roots of this plant must go down to China and break
> off as soon as you try to put them out, always leaving a piece of root
> behind to start a new plant!  I can honestly say that I will never get rid
> of that plant in my lifetime!
> I spruced up another pathway by weeding it and covering it with layers of
> newspaper and mulch.  I have to renew the mulch every few years, but it's
> worth it!
> This must be the year of the pathway, I guess!  I have a load of gray-blue
> irregular wall rock to go in the white garden.  I have to limb up some huge
> yews before that walkway goes in.  My son was supposed to help with that
> project, but he's been busy working this summer as a camp counselor.  He has
> 5th grade boys and comes home exhausted!  I have 12 special education
> preschoolers every day during the school year, so I know about being wiped
> out!
> Does anyone know how to get rid of ivy that's invading my grass?  I tried
> pulling it out, but there's just too much!  I'm thinking Roundup might be my
> only answer.
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7
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