|Entry landscape, with raingarden bottom right.|
|Entry steps and landing (walls not constructed by Land Stewards)|
|Raingarden plants: Magnolia virginiana, Juncus effusus, Iris versicolor, Hibiscus moscheutos|
|Roadside raingarden, intercepts stormwater from the road |
Raingarden with nurselog (which quickly became a hangout for a local frog)
As the initial work around the home has been completed, we have now been able to focus our efforts to the peripheral areas of the property. Unlike the immediate landscape outside the home, these areas require less direct input. The lake is surrounded by a patchwork of blueberries, black chokeberry, ferns and numerous other indigenous plants growing in wild populations. Here we have taken more of a management stance in the landscape, suppressing the more aggressive patches of weedy plants while fostering existing healthy communities. Into these bottomland areas we have also planted understory trees and shrubs. Paw Paws (Asimina triloba) and Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) have been planted along the path leading down to the lake. In time the patch of blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) will provide a nice trailside snack on the way down to the dock.
|Natural stone steps down to the dock.|