During rains, water flows down the slope, so I dug a semi-circle around the tip of the scree and made a berm to capture and hold the water. This would become my rain garden, or vernal pool. At only about 6 inches deep, this is not hard labor.
Now, for the plants. Ideally, native plants that love growing in water would just show up and grow happily ever-after. But, until the ideal comes along, I assembled a collection of water-loving plants from local nurseries, including cattail, sedge, rush, chameleon plant. Too, I'll go hunting in my woods.
My thought is, many other plants, not necessarily bog plants, could thrive in this space. Small trees, shrubs, wildflowers, perennials.
After planting what I had bought, I scavenged from myself, digging out pieces of black mondo grass, horsetail reed – and then some mosses for the top of the berm – to prevent the hard-packed dirt from eroding. Annnd, after watering, done.
Well, done in a way. Plants must grow and fill in spaces. More important, notice there's no water in the rain garden. The last time it rained was more than a week ago, when I was in the middle of this project. As a friend joked: "Great timing for making a rain garden, Lee."
Days later, when it still hadn't rained, she said, "I'll do a rain dance for you." I'm still waiting. These gardens are not necessarily wet all the time, of course, but they are called *vernal* pools because they're spring-seasonal.
OK, it's spring, and I'm anxious to see rain fall on the rain garden. Now, I certainly don't want to resort to hose-watering this rain garden. So, today I'll dance, too. Everybody out there – come on, dance with me. And send me your rains. Let's get this party started.