Ok it looks like a big cow plop at this point, or a shallow grave, but give it a few weeks and it will be full of green leafiness. It is in the perfect-for-hosta-site, with morning sun and filtered afternoon brightness. This mound is 12 bags of topsoil/composted manure and if this works, you can bet your bippy this shade garden will grow in size in the future. I put those rocks at the edge to keep it intact and I intend to get the grown up kind that I am using in the other beds. Cottage Stone or whatever they're called.
This is the easiest kind of garden to make. Open bag and pour out the dirt. Let it dry a day and then plant. Then keep watch for digging dogs and voles. Sigh. It's always something.
Thus endeth this round of gardening and I can attend to housework and laundry which is sorely needed. Then back to the studio, with renewed vigor.
I fully expect to see snow again before Spring is really here. Mark my words.