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The weeds were spilling over the rock wall and across the path and into the iris bed. In the upper left corner you can see some of the iris. This was in the spring and the weeds quickly turned to dry and brown.
The weeds were dug up and I covered the rocky ground with a lot of garden soil that I had delivered. After that I planted the Gomphrena (Fireworks) that I had transplanted into those green pots until I had the flower bed ready for planting.
The Fireworks plants are planted in the nice garden soil and I am hopeful that they will flourish and produce a riot of color next year. I have a lot of small Stella D'oro Daylilies that I may plant along the rock border. Can you see all those fall leaves that have started to fall?
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In this photo you can see the neglected iris garden that has not bloomed in several years. It is hard to flourish when your roots are sitting on rock! When keeping the weeds controlled most of the planting mix that I used when planting the iris has disappeared.
Oh, and how do you like the huge rock boulders that surround my gardens. I think they are magnificent.
This photo shows when I was almost finished removing all of the iris with their old long dry rhizomes.
I have had a total of 3 cubic yards of fresh garden soil with mushroom compost delivered. The sun is shining on the pile making it look half the size of the actual pile. It's like "Black Gold". And, I love it. I didn't know that I could get so excited "about dirt".
Putting in the cement border has been very, very, very labor intensive and very hard work for me. This is how I have to approach it. Sitting on my little stool and digging in the ground with my hand tools that on occasion requires a "crow bar" to remove all sizes and shapes of rock.
I think it is coming along nicely. I have started to replant the iris. And, I have only one more cement border to put in place. Hooray!
This is the one and only iris that bloomed this past year amongst the weeds. So sad!
And, this is what I am hoping for next year!