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Jul 20, 2015 6:31 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
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Well now my yard is sort of "bookended" with boulder gardens. I'm on a corner, and the hill on the side where the streets cross is a perennial garden edged by boulders. Now on the alley side I have done the same. This is a lasagna garden, of course, and no, I did not wait to start planting. Most of it is pretty deep, and in the shallower areas I used small plants or left them unplanted. I will have to wait until fall or spring to integrate with the existing plants so some of the plantings might not make sense right now. Also, the inner edge of the garden is not finished yet; I want to put in a raised vegetable area as this is the only full sun area I have. I need to figure out how to place the raised bed and merge it with the existing border so that it looks good. I had the rocks and soil delivered on July 3. It took 4 days to place the boulders, and I have just done a little each day since then. Here is the construction and progress to date.

First, a before picture:

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Materials delivered. Eeyoooo, why did I do this? Where do I start?

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Boulder placement:

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Covering, filling in and planting:
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I still have a slender hinoki cypress and Black Lace elderberry to plant, and will need to adjust things a bit this fall or next spring to sort of meld everything together a little better. I have the raised bed borders and need to decide how I want to place those so it will look okay, because I will definitely need to add rabbit fencing. I also still have a good sized pile of soil to move into the raised bed, but I was actually pretty surprised at how fast it went.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Jul 20, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Jeanie, that landscaping is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
I tip my hat to you. Lovey dubby Hurray!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Jul 20, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Thank you, Debra!
Only smashed part of one finger in the process -- that's pretty good for me.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Jul 20, 2015 6:54 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Only one? With all that rock? That's pretty good for anyone! Thumbs up
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Jul 20, 2015 7:06 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
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For me too. I can usually hurt myself just getting out of bed.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Jul 20, 2015 7:10 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I hear you. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Jul 24, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse said:Jeanie, that landscaping is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
I tip my hat to you. Lovey dubby Hurray!


I agree
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and the story never ends." Lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

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Jul 24, 2015 8:36 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Thank you, Missy. Still a work in progress, but I'm getting there.
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Jul 24, 2015 8:43 PM CST
Name: JoJo
Texas (Zone 8b)
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Absolutely gorgeous !!!
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
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Sep 21, 2015 4:52 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
Thought I would update this garden bed...despite having some apparently ravenous rabbits, most of my plantings have done pretty well. I figured out how to connect the border of the new bed to the existing one, and naturally decided to expand the existing one. Now that part is still a work in progress Sticking tongue out

Pictures from the last two weeks:

The side facing the sidewalk:
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Along the alley:
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Connecting to existing border:


The bush clover grew like wildfire and is spilling over the corner of the boulders, just like I wanted it to
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Royal Candles veronica has really impressed me - bloomed as soon as I planted, and kept on going


Dianthus seems pretty happy too


Autumn Delight, with Autumn Charm in the background:
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Sep 21, 2015 4:54 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Outstanding, Jeanie. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up Hurray! Smiling Hurray! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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Sep 21, 2015 6:22 PM CST
Name: Betty
MN zone 4b
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I like what you did it all looks very attractive.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
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Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

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Sep 30, 2015 7:41 PM CST
Name: Philip
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Hi Jeanie,..looking back at the pile of boulders just sitting there after delivery one would never expect to see such a fantastic finish,..not taking from all the thought and hard work put in but you made the outcome appear as if it were always naturally there,..that is a great achievement,..well done and it looks stunning with the plants you included Thumbs up
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Sep 30, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
Thank you, Philip. I actually never know what the result will be. Other than having an idea of the overall shape and dimensions, I order the materials and just start moving one rock at a time. This is my second boulder garden and it will probably be my last, as I swear the rocks got heavier between the first one and the second one. Blinking
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Sep 30, 2015 8:27 PM CST
Name: Philip
Ireland,.The Midlands. (Zone 8a)
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I noticed you had a little wheelie thing to help though i suspect with a very heavy weight you wouldn't wheel it very far,..hope your muscles didn't ache too much,..having an idea of the overall shape and dimensions went a long way as can you imagine finishing a job like that then finding it didn't blend in Rolling my eyes.
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Sep 30, 2015 8:33 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
The wagon was for moving soil. I use a furniture dolly for the larger rocks. Works like a charm!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Oct 1, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Name: Patti
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 6b)
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You have created a beautiful garden. It is stunning.
“In walking, just walk. In sitting, just sit. Above all, don’t wobble.”
– Zen saying
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Oct 10, 2015 3:13 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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That is a great job. Terrific results.
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Oct 10, 2015 6:29 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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I take inspiration from your boulder garden!
I have a bunch of boulders which I want to make into a rock garden.
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Oct 10, 2015 8:22 AM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
Thanks JoAnn and Caroline. I am happy with the appearance in general.
Caroline, I just marked off a general shape and area where I wanted the boulders to go and started placing them one at a time. I play with the fit of each rock for both appearance and stability and frequently step back to check perspective. No rocket science needed.
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