Well, I took last Thursday and Friday off and worked in my own yard. The day before, I had purchased some Elliott's lovegrass (Eragrostis elliottii), native plumbago (Plumbago scandens), Havana skullcap (Scuttelaria havanensis), gama grass (Tripsacum floridanum) and forked blue curls (Trichostema dichotomum). Wednesday night I weeded the planting beds and bright and early I started on the meadow garden area. First I arranged the plants still in their pots where I wanted to plant them.
This was the fun part. Now the work began. Fortunately nearly all the plants were small and in one gallon sized containers. My soil is mostly limestone rock, a shovel is not necessary. In fact no shovel was used during this process! I used a small mini pick ax while I sat on a stool. Some grasses were divided into clumps with a handsaw prior to planting.
As soon as the plants were planted I watered each one thoroughly and must do so every day for the next several days and gradually lessen the watering frequency once the roots of the new plants have begun growing into the surrounding "soil". My watering consists of me holding a hose! It is a fun way to relax after I get home from work. Here is my newly planted, very small meadow garden. In addition to the plants you see, I also scattered seeds of our native coreopsis (Coreopsis leavenworthii). They will have beautiful yellow flowers.
After this area was planted, I moved on to other beds in my front yard. In three days, I dug 54 holes! This is the perfect time to plant, but you must commit to watering new plants on a regular basis until they get established. This is so important! I like to use some of our native, large rocks in planting areas as well. Here is a pineland croton (Croton linearis) planted next to some rocks with three Elliott's lovegrass planted nearby.
I planted in other areas of my front yard. Here are some photos. Remember, these plants were just planted! They are small, but as I write this six days later, I know that they have grown. Below is a photo of our native plumbago (Plumbago scandens).
Both the forked blue curls and Havana skullcap add blue to the color scheme.
I really love the blue-green color of the Elliott's lovegrass!
As plants get more established, I will take more photos and update the progress. One thing I noticed immediately - motion! When breezes blow, the blades of grass move in such a graceful way.