Doug, thanks for stopping by my page and leaving such a nice compliment ! Yes, I'm so very happy to have the acreage for large gardens... I suppose my back might be less sore on a 'postage stamp lot' but my heart would sure hurt more! :) Also very blessed to be here in Oregon, one of the best places on the planet for gardening (well I think so anyway LOL)
that's really cool that you can find rocks like that! Michigan is so flat (where I live, anyway) that the people who DO find nice rocks (like my aunt) tend to hold on to them for dear life! I was watching a show on HGTV last week. they put giant rocks in to build a retainer wall... and the price was over $3,000... just to make a wall about 15' long!!!!! i don't have that kind of cash!!!! maybe i should jump in our little Sonoma and go on a road trip... only if it would make it back without breaking down!!!!! :O
hi Doug :D Oregon looks AMAZING!!! you garden looks even more amazing! i can't believe you only spend about 4 hours a week on it! i have a Q ~ where did you find your giant sized, beautiful, rocks (um, no pun intended.... don't take that the wrong way, lol)? we have a recycling center around here (Warren, MI.) which has concrete and some discarded rocks from ppl who don't want them, but not an ample supply. giant rocks are expensive, and i'm unemployed (surprise, just like everyone else in Michigan), so i can't justify buying them when i have other things, like diabetic supplies, to purchase. do you have any suggestions? over here, in zone 5, the closest thing we get to a mountain is a giant landfill they use in the winter as a 'ski resort'... sooooo.... not an ample supply of bolders here!!!!!!
"Thanks Charlotte and Lorraine. These astilbes and ferns are against the north side of the house, so they are in shade most of the day. Lorraine, you're right that astilbes (and ferns) will scorch if they get too much hot sun."