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HHassist

not the kind with a mattress, I have that one figured out. I have a big square bed on the north west side of my house, it is about 8' x 8'. It gets plenty of afternoon sun. It is a terrible mess right now. There is a pillar, not centred, but about 3 feet from the northwest corner of the bed. Between the pillar and the same corner is a weeping carregana, which will stay. The east and south sides of the square are against, respectively, my house and my front step. In the south east third are 3 daylilies (tall variety), one Bleeding Heart, 2 japanese peonies (there were three but one seems to have died) and a bunch of awkwardly placed bearded Irises. There are other plants, most of which are going to be sacrificed, for one reason or another, but I would like to keep the ones I listed.

I plan to dig out all the "bad" plants and amend the soil, which is obviously poor. I have bought some "Perrenial Mix" and plan to use that with some extra peat moss since the bed is so dry. I haven't a clue what to do next. Any ideas at all would be appreciated!

I would post a picture, but the front of my house is very unique and I can't think of an angle that wouldn't tip off Artsy...

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and actually, I have a little disco ball hanging from my rear view mirror! You have remembered my house correctly... I am flattered.

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Happy gardening... look at my "Sorry front flower bed" post when you have time. I have to run too... still in my pjs and the painter is coming to paint my garden doors any moment!

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don't you find marigold smells bad? I have never used any, but only for that reason. You are right, "Disco" marigolds would be perfect with my house!

I had the same pretty orange pansies in a pot last year and I love alyssum for the smell. I was considering Black-eyed Susans.

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I am thinking of white with maybe some blue lobelia and something orange. Any ideas for the something orange?

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Anonymous

I have been thinking of your ivy geraniums ... do they come in white? What colours do they come in? I think there will be lots of those flowers in my many pots this summer. It might help distract people from the sad condition of the beds!

My mother used to make us read the dictionary all the time. All credit for my vocabulary goes to her, and my occupation, which of course I cannot reveal!

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I know I am going to regret this, and not just because Artsy will find my house (I am not afraid of Artsy)... but I will re-install my photo program and take a picture. Then I will find some liquor in the house to muster up the courage to post it.

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Anonymous

what do I know? You should see my flower beds!

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You just need to buy a nice bench or two adirondak chairs... maybe ones that are unfinished so you can do a creative paint job (Aqua?)... find a source for white glazed ceramic pots in a mulititude of sizes, which you should fill with Ivy Geraniums, and then DONT FORGET TO WATER!

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Trying to steal my thunder. Wait your turn Missus! ;)

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