Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beginnings of a Woodland Garden

I am really curious to see how my woodland garden emerges this spring.  I started it last fall so I would have something nice to look at as I come up my driveway.  I want LOW maintenance since I have so much else to tend to in other parts of the yard.  Also I thought it would be a good place to plop some of the woodland plants I acquire at plant swaps as well as support my hosta habit.  I have since added 2 large boulders to anchor the left and right corner.  Kudos to Glen for moving them from a remote area of the property for me!
Pictured are the 3 mature acubas that started it all.  Me and my coworker Kim (aka my gardening partner in crime) were driving by to get lunch one day and spotted these tossed ruthlessly on the side of the road behind the local college.  I couldn't get them in the back of Kim's Explorer naturally so I went back to work hoping they would still be there after work.  After giving Glen a few pitiful looks --he took me to get them and helped me plant them with the tractor.  (and he thought that tractor was bought for him....)
You can see how the groundskeepers hacked on the one in the back!  Later I planted 4 blue lacecap hydrangeas along the back in a semicircle and along the front the common green/white hosta.  There is a stump to the far left (out of view) that I have ringed with fancier hosta I got on clearance late last fall.  I hope to add hellebores, ferns and other shade loving perennials. 


  1. Hmmmm, behind the local college you say?

  2. Looks like a wonderful start to me : )

  3. Jennifer, we all need a Kim in our life. Looks like your find will be a hit in the garden. Can't wait to see the progress.

  4. Yes Phillip- behind UNA. Can't believe I saw them before you did! LOL

  5. Blue lacecap hydrangeas are great! I'm not a big fan of the mop head types, they're OK but the lacecaps are much more fun.

  6. I love your blog title! Gave me a chuckle.