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    March 09, 2010



    Wildflowers, definitely! I can visualize Queen Anne's Lace, Cosmos, vari-colored Yarrows, etc swaying gently in the Branford breeze....
    What are Marsh Marigolds? Those small leaves look a bit like our Florida dollar-weed - a hard-to-kill wetland pest.


    If the area where that tree was gets only morning (eastern) sun, I don't think wildflowers will do well there. If it's partly shaded, how about something like astilbe? They look so pretty when planted in masses, or drifts.

    Heather's Garden

    Mom -- I think marsh marigolds are sometimes known as dollarweed. Mine die off as the ground dries up, so it makes sense that they'd be a wetland pest.

    Fern -- It will get some mid-day sun and definitely afternoon sun too. Wild asters bloomed there in the fall and I get dandelions around the stump all summer, so I think wildflowers would be okay. I love astible and I haven't been able to get them to bloom for me anywhere else, so maybe in whatever container(s) I put on that stump. The ground is much too full of roots for me to consider anything there that will require digging.


    Maybe the roots could be cleaned off as an architectural element for a bit until they rot. Tough location.


    My oldest lives in Daytona Beach, she dreads bike week and the Daytona 500 although she does see some interesting things. I see Spring popping up around your house. A wildflower garden at least would be spectacular there!

    Heather's Garden

    Layanee -- I'm also afraid we'll lose the hill if the roots go away. I think I'm going with some wildflowers.

    Darla -- I think I'd get out of town for both those events if I were your daughter!

    Jennah - MD

    Your pot explosion is less heinous than one thing I lost. I left out a little ceramic bird I'd gotten at the dollar store, and went I went out a few weeks ago (poor little guy has been under feet and feet of snow this winter!) his head had exploded! Just his head! It was kinda freaky.

    Heather's Garden

    Jennah -- I so didn't read that sentence that way you wrote it! Headless...freaky indeed.


    That area with the roots will definitely be a hard one. I have a similar area that's quite steep and has roots. So far I've put some medium-sized boulders here and there and planted bearded iris and a few other things. Mostly I'm waiting to see which plants take to it the most. So far the irises are doing the best. Probably the good drainage helps. Good luck!

    Heather's Garden

    Jean -- I did buy wildflower seed and I've asked VPH to rake it up really well for me. But he's working all week, so maybe this weekend.


    One other thing you might consider is creeping phlox. Buy the smallest containers they offer...and it spreads, blooms in spring, is evergreen, has small roots, and best of all, can be divided in clumps and spread about. Mine are 2 years old and 2 1/2 foot by 2 1/2 foot.

    Heather's Garden

    Melisa -- That's a good suggestion, but there are still quite a few maples in that area and I don't think there will be enough sun for phlox. That and we need an axe to dig a hole there. Seriously, my husband uses an axe to cut roots whenever we need to dig a hole on that side of the house. I could get him to plant one or two, but it's a pretty large area.

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