Ballard Traffic Circle Beautification

May 28, 2011

Woot! We finally finished the traffic circle planting project today. It looks fabulous! We met so many of our neighbors as they drove or walked by and thanked us for our hard work. One lady even told us we were going to heaven for cleaning up the neighborhood. Nice.

Ballard Traffic Circle Before

Before

Ballard Traffic Circle After

After

Ballard Traffic Circle in progress

Planting

We planted Yucca, Oat Grass, Bowles Wallflower, Point Reyes Ceanothus, a few Poppies and a few Echinacea.

Ballard Traffic Circle Plants

A trip to Swanson's Nursery

Ballard Traffic Circle Plan

The Plans

Oh, and we found this while digging: someone’s pet hamster remains. For a second I thought we found someone’s dope stash. We promptly reburied it. J is for Jumper the hamster who apparently died in November of 2009. RIP Jumper.

Hamster remains in the traffic circle

Someone's pet hamster remains...

At the end of the project, I spent the Seattle Small Sparks funds from the city ($599) and only $40 out of pocket. It looks great and I am so glad it’s done. A big thank you to Sean for helping me get this done. Also, to my brother and sister-in-law for pulling out juniper roots with their truck.

Now it’s time to move onto my p-patch plot!

hori hori dig dig!

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2 Responses to “Ballard Traffic Circle Beautification”

  1. Tracy Mehlin Says:

    Thank you for doing this.It’s a huge improvement. I walk and drive right by that circle every day. Are you worried it will be too shady for the yuccas?


    • Thanks, Tracy! I hope the Yucca does okay. When we do have sun, they get a fair amount. We chose plants that were drought tolerant and could handle part shade. Fingers crossed!


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