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I hemmed and hawed for days, then one nice morning I had just HAD it -- and went to work.
I tossed all the dead: 12 Apricot Sprite hyssops, 3 lavenders and ALL of the mums (4? 6?). I dug up the last lavender and put it in a large pot for the season and transplanted the 8 Apache Sunset hyssop to the arbor bed.
Then I REALLY got to work. I had known for almost a year that I really wanted the catmints to go to the ENDs of the bed. So I got the biggest rootballs I could physically wrestle and transplanted them to the ends. They were a little shocky the rest of the day, but hey - their last name is MINT! They could take a little shock.
That done, I went into creative overdrive.
I gathered up some of my new seedlings: "Pink Dreams" nepeta, Crazy Daisy shasta, Yvonne's salvia and nearly 20 of last year's 'rescue' geraniums. I grabbed 4 small clumps of Autumn Joy sedums from the front of the house. Then, while I was in the arbor bed, I dug up all the (nearly-smothered by day lilies) dwarf bearded iris and invited them to the party. And what's a party without some decorations? I hunted through the shed and turned up a half a dozen nice-sized terra cotta pots going idle.
A couple of hours (and a LOT of iced tea) later, the new and improved crab bed was done.
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I totally blame my new willow for this major overhaul. It's the 'throw pillow' paradox, for sure. You know - you buy a couple of new throw pillows to snaz up a dull room. Instead of looking nice themselves, all they REALLY do is shine a spotlight on all the things that look ratty in that room! LOL
So there. Now that willow has a nice place to hang out! Ironically, I still have to PLANT the darn thing! I know how I'll install it for elevation, but that's for another post. ;-D