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Presto “Flowers”

Good things come to those that wait or so I like to believe. This is the second time we have lucked into greenery for our yard just by being in the right place at the right time. 

Our central garden area has been designed for a few years and most of the hard landscaping has been done except for the stone path. What we have lacked is actual plant material other than a stellar crop of weeds. 

This year early in the spring we were given some irises and lilies and so started the process of filling in spaces. It’s a big area and we need a lot of plants. We’ve got a copy of Sara William’s “Prairie Xeriscape” and have a list of species we think will do well out here. 

Friends of ours just bought a home in an old established neighbourhood and are extending the driveway and putting in a landing at the front of the house. Lucky us, for the time and energy, all of their established plants became ours.  It was heavily weed infested but at least a large number of the plants were on our list. 

  It was tough physical labour getting as much root as possible on every plant. We left one rose behind because the Manchurian elm was bigger than the bush. We took so much the back of the truck was full and yet their front yard didn’t look that stripped.  There is a peony plant that is huge!   

Once we arrived home it was decision time. South side, north side or on the west side. Put those two together, add what in between.  By the time we finished we were working by the truck headlights and atill have 2 bags of lilies to divide and plant today. There are three plants that I am doubtful whether or not they will survive and they are the peony, the clematis and the beautiful hydrangea. 




Now we just have to re establish their roots, mulch and add a “few” more plants.  It will be next June before we can tell how well they all did but we will keep watering and hope that winter isn’t too harsh on them.