Rose of Sharon in the Two Tree Bed

I know it’s awfully late in the season to be talking about first blooms, but the two tree bed is a new bed (I don’t even have everything planted in it yet) and the Rose of Sharon that Danny the Geologist from across the street gave me happens to be the first flower to bloom in it. This poor plant was completely neglected last year and then just left out in a pot. I thought it was dead at one point. Then, well into Spring, I noticed that it was making little buds. I put it in the ground but really did not expect much from it. And now, it has given me a beautiful flower. It must have been the apology I gave it when I was planting it—or maybe the water and compost.

Rose of Sharon

If you ever have the opportunity to get a plant from Danny the Geologist, jump at it. He propagates plants with character.



Not to complain, but it’s really been over-the-top around here lately with the natural disasters and calamities. Earthquake, hail, snakes, hurricane—give me a ding dang break. And while none of these in itself is so awful, when you start stacking them up like that, it’s very disruptive. Plus two of those things are bad news for anyone battling an erosion problem, as I am.

I was very unhappy about Hurricane Irene as I knew all the water was going to run through the Two Tree Bed and wash out all the nice compost. But then Bob, that genius of a man, came up with the idea of sandbagging on the hill above the bed using bags of compost and dirt. So we did, and I’m happy to report it worked beautifully. There was very little damage to the bed.

Compost Sand-Bags

Still, there is undeniably a problem with rain runoff from the road above the bed. I think the problem is that the grass, weeds really, has grown thin by the area where we park. I’m going to have to install sod by the parking area.

One really great thing about Hurricane Irene was that she made the soil so soft that I was able to pull up my gladioli bulbs over by the stairs to the driveway by their tops. I didn’t have to dig at all. Then I cut off their tops and laid them out on the table on the deck to dry before I put them away for the winter. So easy.

Aside from the bulb pulling up, I spent today untying things that were tied down, picking up downed branches, and humming There’s Got to Be a Morning After from the 1972 blockbuster The Poseidon Adventure, starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, and Shelly Winters. The day after a hurricane truly is beautiful.


The Outline

The Two Tree Bed will be great if I ever finish planting it. I’ve outlined the area with a quarter pallet of rock and then I’m planting Lilyturf as a border plant inside the rock outline. I bought an auger for our drill thinking I would have my 50 plants in the ground in an afternoon. I planned to make holes three inches wide and eight inches deep. But when I drill down the augur hits rock at three inches, and I have to finish the hole with a delve and trowel. At least I was. Now I mainly just use the delve and pull the rocks and dirt out by hand. The trowel is all bent up. I’m about 3/4 done planting.

The Planting Begins

It’s going to look great but will I ever finish? I think the neighbors are laughing at me. I’ve been working on it every day for a week and achieve head to toe filth within the first half hour after going out. I also am weeding as I go. My fingers are swollen from pulling up the weeds.

It's going to be beautiful

I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.

The Trowel