The bird feeder sits on top of a fir stump, and it is visited daily by scrub jays, finches, ringneck doves, quail, and other beautiful birds. The area has never been formally landscaped, in the sense that anything native just grew. This spring, we have done intentional planting and cut down a walnut to bring in more sunlight.
Since June, the area in front has been filled in with lavenders, especially white lavender from the Felton Farmers Market. We decided to do a ring around a white pearl bush.
Today, Will and I came up with the idea of creating an “herb spiral” raised bed. This was much more exciting and decorative than just building up the soil with fresh compost. And, I needed a focal point for a sink pedestal and big, green ceramic ball.
Our materials included a locust log to hold a big feature rock, dried locust logs cut to lengths of 18″ down to 10″, river rocks, and a piece of driftwood. As I cut the locust logs, Will backfilled with composted horse manure.
We are so excited with the outcome that we are going to continue the spiral throughout the very large perennial bed and include a pathway to the bird feeder. We plan to work on this an hour or so each Sunday pending other projects.
The perennials that were planted this evening once it cooled down included three lavender, two blue penstemon, and a lemon verbena.