How we garden at our place

by Jessie K on May 21, 2014


Please note the little sidekick strapped to Jake’s chest. Katie loves riding around in that thing. (Good thing, too, because she doesn’t have much choice.)

My Dad was here over the weekend and he helped us install a new rock garden, which will give us something pretty to look at as we drive around our circular driveway. Wait. That sounds weird. We don’t actually drive round and round our driveway for fun. The driveway is in a circle formation so you never have to back up (more of Jake’s handiwork, naturally).


Jake dug up several massive rocks around the property with his mini excavator — or “mini ex,” as he likes to call it —  and installed them in the newly dug garden area.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce he had all the rocks arranged where he wanted them, we went around our wooded property and dug up whatever plants we thought might look pretty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe dug up and transplanted mostly ferns and a Virginia creeper-like ground cover. We also transplanted a bunch of shade loving hostas, which the previous owners planted all around the property.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome bordering this old shed…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and some along the rear of the house. I love hostas.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the ground cover that grows and spread like wildfire.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’ll look really nice once it’s all grown in and lush.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan’t move boulders without a mini ex. Even June calls it the mini ex.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce finished digging and transplanting, we watered everything in. Hopefully these plants will take off!

(Top photo — the best photo — by Dave Knadler)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

JoAnn Rhodes Grose May 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm


Pretty, pretty.

narcissus May 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm


I always enjoy your posts and I also garden in central Virginia…really nice clumps of hosta, but is it possible that your wildfire-like spreading ground cover is none other than Japanese honeysuckle? In which case, keep your eyes peeled and possibly go out this fall and pull it all up……

Jessie K May 22, 2014 at 10:37 am


Why? Is it bad? I actually like how prolific it is….helps prevent erosion on an otherwise bare hillside.

Accacia May 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm


We gardened with forklift this weekend… Looks great, Jessie!

michaela May 22, 2014 at 8:56 am


Isn’t that ground-cover thing flowering myrtle?

Kitty May 22, 2014 at 10:26 am


That ground cover looks like Vinca and it might give you nice purple flowers later in the year, especially if it is getting more sun than where it was planted before. The rock garden is lovely!

Rebecca May 22, 2014 at 11:57 am


Now I’m gonna say mini ex too! We have that variety of ground cover too, it has purple flowers and don’t worry it’s not honeysuckle. People hate Honeysuckle since the variety most people have (Asian/Japanese) is invasive and spreads like crazy (like kudzu level crazy) and crowds out native plants.

JulieO May 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm


That ground cover is Vinca Minor. It is quite invasive. It can be very pretty, but once established, is very difficult to get rid of should you decide to. It’s a lot like English ivy. It can make weeding, or new plantings, or dividing perennials such a bear. So as long as you don’t intend to ever change the planting design, or weeds aren’t a huge problem…. You do have a mini-ex, so there’s that.

Barbie.O. May 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm


Lovely work! Up here we call that ground cover periwinkle with purple flowers. It is a great cover, simple yet elegant.

narcissus May 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm


Didn’t mean to be alarming, Jessie…you’ve gotten some good comments above. You will certainly have time over the next few seasons to decide whether its doing what you want or more than you want.

Great shot of Solha supervising….

Janelle May 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm


I know Jake couldn’t be sitting around. Keep us abreast of all the plans and changes!

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