A dry spell in August brought a halt to labyrinth work, except for trimming and some weeding. I now appreciate more why some people really do not like gill-over-the-ground, aka “Creeping Charlie.” At 1511 we didn’t mind it out back as it reduced mowing. But in the “Laughing Labyrinth” it really does tend to dominate and choke out the prairie and “nice plants.” So, with a timely rain I bought Joe Pye Weed, butterfly bush, liatris, Meadow rue and some sages to put in. I am trying to balance the colors, heights, textures to a degree and yet, keep some randomness, too. How surprising that many of the plants like Maximillian Sunflower, Black Eyed Susan, and Partridge Pea are pushing up through the dense grass and making their presence know. Very exciting for the first growing season.
the stepables in the entryway are doing really well and spreading. The violets I have planted around “Welcome Rock” do OK as long as I water them as they send down new roots. I’m excited to harvest forb and grass seeds starting later this week and into September and October.