Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The APEX project, (penultimate?) day 14



The fifth and last bed, far left, is halfway done.  The stone part of the project will finish tomorrow.  Epic front-range skies all day.

The fifth bed, half done, betrays our process: sunk perimeter stones encircling the sandy mix, which is in turn paved with stone and topdressing.  That's it in a nutshell.  After all the other beds, this one seems a breeze, even with only two of us working on it today.

The first plants- the largest  in the garden and the "accents," Mostly from Timberline Gardens, await planting tomorrow when the stone is done. They will keep guard all winter until 1200 of their friends arrive in spring- 90% of these being buns and cushions: classic and natural crevice species.

You see here: the prized electric Moltkia petrea, Muhlenbergia reverchonii, Juniperus scopulorum 'Woodward,' and 8 different true Manzanitas, who may benefit most from autumn planting. (Arctostaphylos pungens, A. patula, and A. x miwukka.)

Thank you to all who have stopped by to have a look at it in-process and encourage us on.


2 comments:

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

Thanks for the "process" shots. It's very helpful. How tall is the tallest mound?

ineedacupoftea said...

We were shooting for 6' tall on the tallest point/mound, but it is 5' or 5.5' in keeping with a sane and composed profile- the full six feet would have looked wierd- a sort of tumour or nipple on the teardrop shape… not attractive.

We were also generally avoiding "peaks" and points for this aestehtic.