Thursday, May 28, 2009

Japanese Garden

This is looking back towards the grass from beside the pond. You see the Lebanon cedar and the little clipped boxwood.
This old stump is what I am calling the reason for the curve in the stream. Also I have put down some strips of old wood to make it appear as a fallen tree, with parts of the tree falling across the stream. This idea is not working very well, and I might just remove the ones over the stream. I will probably add more big rocks in the pea gravel, too.
We follow the dry stream around the curve and on under the deck. At the right top of the picture you see the area that I want to get some good lush moss growing. I have transplanted the golden club moss here and the wood anemone. I will probably remove that fern as it gets too big for the size of the stream.
this shows the stone path that goes off to the left on cement blocks around the pond. We see the lily of the valley shrub, the little Japanese maple, the lantern, the mountain laurel and the extended little dry stream to its first curve. You can see the moss beneath the mountain laurel as well as under the maple. These are both spots where I have mounded up the soil. Perhaps if I am going to get moss to grow I should enrich the soil a bit.

I have finished weeding in the Japanese garden area, around the pond and under the rhodos. I have finished making the little dry stream that now goes along the edge of the deck and disappears under the ferns. I moved part of the big blue hosta, removed quite a lot of ferns to reveal some very nice moss under the steps. The moss garden will need attention to watering and to keeping it weed free.

Next I will be cleaning up the front. Under the deck will be next year's project, I think. It is almost June, and I have the front garden, the woodland and half of the driveway strips to clean up yet!


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