stepping stones in the woodland beds

OK I know it doesn’t look like much now, but next spring this is going to look really cool. I used the slices of Mama Oak as stepping stones. I have held back some slices but the majority of them I put down here.

These are the woodland garden beds I called the Derecho Garden. This was the unexpected planting space I gained when these crazy derecho winds came whipping through a couple of years ago.

These planting beds are kind of wild. It’s some hydrangeas, bulbs, hostas, a couple of young redbuds, azaleas, rhododendrons, monkshood, and more. I spread pine bark mulch in the spring I feed what needs to be fed, and I only water this when absolutely necessary. And it was missing something. I think I figured out what it was missing by adding my wood slice stepping stones!

Yes the wood will break down and decay and this won’t last forever and then I will have to figure out something to go as a path next but I think it’s kind of cool and I really like the way it looks!

We do a lot of tree work, and I try not to let anything go to waste. With shade and woodland beds I have a constantly evolving garden.

And while I was messing in this area I found downed limbs that had been cut from a tree in my woods that would make perfect bed edging right there, and along the end of where my bed extension is being constructed at present.

I also planted peony roots.

Stick a fork in me my chores are done for the day.

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