The first part of this gave the history of the flower beds at church, chronicling what it looked like when I began. This is the second part and it shows what the flower beds look like today. Many people are stunned by the beauty, myself included, though I don’t take credit.
I’m the groundskeeper for the church. The operative word is “keep”. I maintain the flower beds and do the minor stuff like watering, weeding, some planting, and so on, but I’m just maintaining. I’m not the one who makes any of it grow, particularly in poor soil and bad conditions.
Again, this is what the flower beds looked like when I started working on them. This wouldn't even pass as a rock garden. The stones are just ordinary rocks from Clark Fork River. It looked horrendous and I've already explained what was involved in converting this garbage into a flower bed.
This is close to the same view as the original picture and it is what the flowerbeds look like today. To say that the plants are flourishing would be a huge understatement. In the foreground, most of what can be seen are pansies. Here is the thing, though; I didn't plant them. No other person did, either. They simply came up and grew this year.
The irises dominate these flowerbeds and they are in full bloom. The plants are also quite healthy. The low growing plants in front of the irises in the corner are a combination of bellflowers and primrose. None of these were intentionally planted. They came from nearby seeds that were blown in and they will be blooming in the coming weeks.
These are irises along the sanctuary building. The red at the bottom is snapdragons. I didn't plant any snapdragons this year. All the snapdragons in these images came from the original annuals that were planted. Nobody mentioned to the plants that they were supposed to be annuals, so they've come up every year since. There are also new ones from seeds off the old ones.
There are even snapdragons that have just gotten ready to bloom. There are some pink ones blooming in this image. This picture is in the same location as a picture that was shown in part one that showed the weeds growing around the rocks.
Here is something important to know...I didn't do anything special to this really poor soil that wouldn't grow anything. In fact, I violated almost every rule in the book for growing the plants in this set. Clearly, I'm not responsible for the lush, vibrant growth. I'm just a tool. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Here is a pink snapdragon, growing alongside a daylily. When the daylilies bloom, it will add yet more color, and there are a lot of them.
I still haven't shown the various plants that have gone into the shady side of the building. This is just the side facing the road. There are more changes in store, too.