Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

As I mentioned in my Graden Bless Ritual post, I have been working on putting in a garden since March. This has been a long time coming and I am proud to unveil what I have done so far. This is by no means the completion of my gardening tasks but is a huge step in the right direction. I still have plans to redo the planter around my mailbox, put in a large vegetable garden, plant some fruit trees and blueberry bushes, and rework both the side yards, but those are all things that will begin taking shape this fall when some of the plants die back and I can easily dig them up.

Anyway, let's take a look at what this witch as done thus far. Unfortunately, I don't have a true before picture because my butt forgot to take one, but here is what the yard looked liked when I moved in. Under the front windows was heavily overgrown. I mean, the weeds were starting to reach the roof...yeah...I'm lazy, what of it? At least its cleaned up now!

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

The bushes along the front of the house had huge stumps, some of them 2-3 feet across. My dad and I tried to pull them out with a truck, but it ended up snapping the cable they were rooted so deeply. Ultimately my dad and boyfriend used a saws-all and a pick ax to cut the stumps out. Once they were removed, we set to tilling the yard. Thank goodness I didn't do that part because it was a beast. Once the ground was ready, I began planting tons of different flowers and herbs. You'll notice I didn't go for a bunch of bushes, other than hydrangeas. I didn't want to have to cut back bushes with a trimmer or worry about large stumps again. Plus, I wanted flowers, lots and lots of flowers, that would grow and fill in all the empty space in the yard. This year it looks rather "sparse," but next year it should fill in nicely. So let's take a look at what I planted!

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

So you can see I completely ripped out all the previous bushes, plants, and grass, and replaced it with flowers covered with black mulch with brick edging. I can't wait for it to fill in, especially along the front of the house. Under each window is a hydrangea bush accompanied by a dwarf hollyhock. The hydrangeas up front aren't doing too well. I think they end up getting too much sun, despite the front of the house being in the shade in the afternoon. If they continue to do poorly I will move them to the side of the house that is mostly shade and replace them with limelight hydrangeas that LOVE the sun. Everything else, however, is doing awesome.

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018
A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

A Hedgewitch's Garden: 2018

So what all did I plant? Well, here is a short list of some of the plants in my yard currently:
  • Limelight hydrangeas 
  • Goldstum Black-Eyed Susan
  • Red Fox Veronica
  • Pomegranate Yarrow + Moonshine (Yellow) Yarrow
  • Marigolds (which will be replaced by Coneflowers next year)
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Black and Blue Salvia
  • Eden Roses (my favorite)
  • Purpleleaf Sage +  East Fireland Sage
  • Guardian Blue Larkspur
  • Camelot Rose Foxglove
  • Dwarf Lilac Hollyhock
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Painted Hostas
  • Rainforest Sunrise Hostas
  • Blue and Pink Hydrangeas
  • Begonias (mixed)
  • Morning Glory
  • Torenia, Blue Daze Evolvulus, Pink Phlox, Butter Daisies, Sweet Potato Vine, Creeping Jenny, White Petunias
  • And some assorted iris varieties my mother gave me. I'm not sure what they are yet.
So far I would say a pretty successful garden! I'm not going to go into detail in this post about the witchy reasons behind some of the plants I planted. There are just too many. However, some of these plants I planted simply because I thought they were pretty and they are great for pollinators. Not everything in a witch's garden needs to be used in some spell or ritual. Sometimes the best magic is keeping local bees, butterflies, and birds fed throughout the year.


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