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Backyard Stumperies – FineGardening


As we speak we’re visiting with Bonnie Plikaytis and her stumperies.

My husband and I dwell in Massive Canoe, a woodland neighborhood in north Georgia. I’ve been gardening this acre of land in Zone 7 for the previous seven years. In 2018, we visited the stumpery on the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden simply south of Seattle in Federal Manner, Washington. A stumpery is an association of woody materials like trunks and root wads (root balls) to create a habitat for ferns and companion crops. The woody materials is organized in an aesthetically pleasing kind to create pockets conducive to the expansion of the meant crops. Since I dwell in a woodland space with numerous woody particles, it appeared solely pure to construct a stumpery or two myself.

The primary stumpery was in-built November 2018 of logs from a big downed oak tree. The gentleman and crew that does the rock work in our backyard organized the massive, heavy logs in a structurally sound method. As soon as the logs have been in place, I crammed the hole logs and crevices between the logs with raised-bed soil.

fernsThe stumpery was positioned within the backyard such that within the spring the azaleas native to the property supplied a beautiful backdrop, as seen on this 2020 spring photograph. The evergreen to semi-evergreen ferns within the stumpery embrace stunning wooden fern (Dryopteris pulcherrimal, Zones 6–9), shaggy defend (Dryopteris cycadina, Zones 5–8), autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora, Zones 5–8), tassle fern (Polystichum polyblepharum, Zones 5–8), onerous defend fern (Polystichum aculeatum), East Indian holly fern (Arachnoides simplicior, Zones 7–9), and Siebold’s wooden fern (Dryopteris sieboldii, Zones 6–8). Companion crops are strawberry geranium (Saxifraga stolonifera, Zones 6–9), moss stonecrop (Sedum acre, Zones 4–9), and miniature wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei ‘Kewensis’, Zones 4–9).

Chicken-of-the-WoodsAfter per week with 7 inches of rain in early June 2019, we have been stunned when the stumpery grew chicken-of-the-woods (Laetiporus sulphureus), a shiny orange, edible bracket fungus.

This fungus was a colourful addition to the stumpery for a lot of days.

Galerina marginataIn January 2020 after 6 inches of rain in two days, Galerina marginata appeared on this moss-covered log of the stumpery. Galerina mushrooms comprise amatoxins—which trigger illness and vomiting adopted ultimately by liver harm and, if not handled promptly, loss of life. Although poisonous, these mushrooms supplied a putting distinction in shade and texture to the verdant inexperienced moss. These mushrooms disappeared in a single day, as shortly as they’d appeared.

shade gardenTo offer a way of the stumpery in relation to the shade garden during which it resides, that is the view from our deck. The realm features a assortment of crops that creates a palette of numerous inexperienced hues in addition to a wide range of types and textures, which enhance the Tennessee fieldstone pathway resulting in the stumpery from the backyard path.

This assortment of crops consists of giant leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum, Zones 7–10), bamboo fern (Coniogramme japonica, Zones 7–9), royal fern (Osmunda regalis, Zones 2–10), variegated Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’, Zones 3–8), candy flag grass (Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’, Zones 5–9), ‘Autumn Bride’ heuchera (Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’, Zones 3–8), and oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, Zones 5–9). 

root wadsThe second stumpery, in-built Might 2020, has an summary kind. The foundation wads (balls) got to us by a neighbor who was cleansing their property. After arranging the basis wads, I used water strain to clear the filth from a few of the roots to reinforce the crevices.

The stumpery was planted with evergreen crops taken from our backyard. These embrace stunning wooden fern (Dryopteris pulcherrimal, Zones 6–9), tongue fern (Pyrrosia lingua, Zones 7–10), ‘Blue Arrows’ rush (Juncus inflexus ‘Blue Arrows’, Zones 5–9), white rain lily (Zephyranthes candida, Zones 7–10), moss stonecrop (Sedum acre, Zones 4–9), and ‘Coral Reef’ sedum (Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’, Zones 5–8). Three Indiana geodes are tucked among the many roots to provide added texture. The roots seem shiny from a drenching morning rain.

Japanese Timber BenchThis photograph provides a view of our ‘kitchen backyard’ that homes the summary stumpery. We name it the kitchen backyard as a result of it’s the view from the financial institution of home windows at our kitchen sink. This backyard provides us hours of viewing pleasure as we undergo the day. The outstanding crops on this space are Japanese roof iris (Iris tectorum, Zones 4–9), ‘Archer’s Gold’ thyme (Thymus citriodorus ‘Archers Gold’, Zones 5–9), wormwood (Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’, Zones 4–9), spreading yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Prostrata’, Zones 6–9), and deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara, Zones 7–9). The bench design was impressed by a Japanese timber bench and was handcrafted by a neighborhood grasp woodworker. The birdbath was created from pure granite boulders.


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