The Iris are budding and one single bloom has popped open this week. These were here when we moved in and I have been dividing each year to add an identical border to the opposite side of the house/drive. I am about 50% of the way finished. The English Ivy was also here when we moved in and I have grown to love it in this contained space. I especially love the brighter, lime green foliage that emerges in spring. I do not, however, enjoy the weeds emerging in this bed :/
Plenty of new (to me!) plants are in the garden this year including old fashioned favorites like chamomile (above left) and "parlor maple" (Abutilon) from seed (in metal bucket...that has drainage holes!).
One area I am proud of this year is the new allium bed. Last year, this wall was a mess of poison ivy and housed a mulberry tree that the insurance company told us to chop down. We were happy to oblige as the tree wasn't producing much anymore. I laid out a plan, and with the help of Longfield Gardens, I planted a brand new perennial bed. The stars are DEFINITELY the alliums this year.
This bed also has six peony divisions from an old peony I found half hidden in the woods, 2 lilacs and several hydrangea bushes. The goal is for the alliums to "pop" out of mounds of perennials in butter yellow, creamy white, a deep aubergine and little pops of purple.
This little spot below had an evergreen that died a while back, so a heather and a sedum and some daffodil divisions nicely filled in the spot and reclaimed the little poison ivy patch that had formed there. The heather will spread wide and the sedum will fill up in a rounded shape, giving structure to this awkward crumbling wall.
I have planted pumpkins everywhere this year. There are plenty of holes in the landscape while perennials are getting established, so I am taking the opportunity to grow a bumper crop of heirloom pumpkins. Those plants in the background are daffodils splits -- hundreds of them now fill the front edge of the grasses bed and they shall siiiiing next spring!
The actual vegetable garden is down below the driveway on a flat patch of earth. It isn't the most beautiful sight from the back, but I needed to leave the back fence free for the sunlight that comes over the hill each morning. I am experimenting with different trellising ideas, hugelculture, soaker hose arrangement, and hay bale gardening this year. The jury is still out on all of them!
|Tulip Tree Foliage|
|Japanese Maple Foliage|
I also rather like that purple-magenta against the dark red of the Japanese Maple (above). It tames it a bit and the shade here keeps the color a bit muted as well.
Today, I found a little something in the hollow I had never noticed before. A few letters carved into the rock of the stone seating area - RDF, the date it was built? and a cross. RDF are the original homeowners initials :)