A week ago Saturday, on May 20, I helped sort plants purchased through the Washtenaw County Water Resources Office by people who were putting together rain gardens—like me. The advantage of helping out was that I got to take my order home that day instead of the following one—one more day to plant!
I planted them Sunday. I had done a partial planting last fall, so the plants I picked up just about completed the garden, with the last pieces coming from transplants from other spots in the yard.
The Rain Garden
We had better start with a schematic. You cannot see from one end to the other due to the redbud, so this will keep you oriented.
Just a very quick note: the tagline of this website mentions editing. What’s that about? Here is a good example. The wood sorrel, Oxalis, is sprouting everywhere, including among my dwarf Japanese Solomon’s seal.
The Solomon’s seal begins to look a little scruffy with the weeds, and there are forget-me-nots in there, which spread like wildfire, so they have to be pulled. It’s very easy when the weeds are this small; I pull out everything I spot that isn’t a dwarf Japanese Solomon’s seal.
Is it perfect? Perhaps not, but it is good enough for now.
It reached 85°F here yesterday, with very little rain and a relentless breeze that was just dry enough to escape being called muggy. It will be in the mid-80s today and tomorrow—muggy today, and if we are lucky, rain tomorrow.
The bluebells have reached that awkward stage; the flowers are just about gone, but the plants haven’t keeled over. They are not at their most attractive, although from the street, they are back to being an amorphous blob of green instead of a haze of blue by the back fence. There are hostas and arrow-leaved asters among the bluebells, so that when the bluebells finally do keel over, they will be hidden. It’s a little hard to believe right now.