This was another neglected garden site, with just a lonely cedar; probably a Thuja occidentalis ‘Holmstrup’, and the ubiquitous gravel that was everywhere. There was a narrow concrete sidewalk very close to the house that was bordered in rubber edging at sharp right angles which scraped my ankles more than once as I turned the corner. We took out all that gravel, concrete and rubber, trimmed the cedar and gave it a good soaking and feeding, amended the soil with generous helpings of compost and peat moss and then added a thick layer of bark mulch.
We are going to say good-bye to the right angles there and make a curvy walkway lined in stones and woodland plants, and probably a hydrangea or two, to guide visitors to our garden.
The ‘Foxy’ foxglove is a biennial that actually blooms the first season. This foxglove is hardy to USDA Zone 4a so whether it will set seedlings here will be seen next year. It really brightens up this spot and the bees are scrambling over each other to get to it. Of course, I also hear the fairie folk rather like it as well.