The front walk focal point project is at a standstill for a bit while I finish putting plants in the ground to stay ahead of Mother Nature. We are expecting our first hard freeze this coming weekend. So my attention has turned to assuring that plants that could be borderline hardy have their roots in soil rather than in a plastic pot. One of my favorite gardening friends came over and helped dig some variegated hostas that have been under the 12’ H. rhododendron for the past 10 years. They are getting moved to farther beneath the rhodie to make room to continue a narrow gravel path around what will be a ‘Fleur de Lawn’ circle next year and plant some purple clover, limey-leaved toad lilies with that lovely shade of purple that so beautifully complements the clover, and Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’ next to the path. These three plants are a nice textural contrast, too, so even when they are not in flower, their leaves will be attractive. I’m beginning to dream of spring already and it’s not even officially winter yet.