It turns out that we have a bit of leftover compost, heh heh. We will use it to fill in the holes for the remaining four trees we will be planting, but there will still be a really large pile of wonderful dirt to use. Where to put it?
Our garage has been taken over with the empty bins that Dave bought for our move. We are willing to use these as planters along the back of the yard, for a shady garden. Hosta, bleeding hearts, celandine poppies, heuchera, maybe even more hydrangeas!
They are quite deep and will hold a lot of compost and are nice and neat. Most important: they are only about $9 each and imagine trying to find planters this size, at that price? Of course, they won't use up all the compost, so I may have to get a few more, maybe three, or six. That line of uniform shapes will look integrated once the plants take over.
Adding to this is the fact that the back of our yard is a low spot and the rain water collects here and will be a problem if we don't find a solution. First we are filling the space with the clay and rocks from the tree holes that Dave is digging, and then using up the last of the mulch to cover that unsightly clay, and topping it with the bins, and voila, the end of the swamp.
The Dogwood is going in today.
And our hydrangea and hosta are going forward with vigor.
Tony approves of our planters too.
We found out that we are not allowed to have an above the ground pool for our fish pond. But I think we can have a contained water garden on our patio, maybe a small one anyway...