Today I am relaxing in preparation for a talk I am giving tonight. After going over my presentation I decided to take a break and walk the garden. I love my garden but it can be overwhelming at times. You see it sits on a half-acre. Most regular homes here are lucky if they are 5000 square feet so I am privileged to be able to enjoy this garden. Lets take a look at whats in bloom this week.
This is a shade garden full of Hostas with a Weigela and Mountain Ash tree as the large specimens in this garden. I love the Weigela with its masses of dainty pink blooms. There is lots of work to do in this garden as the bulbs die back. The Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ is getting swallowed by the plant next to it. My mound of glossy maple leaved foliage is my mystery plant just in front of the green Hosta. It looks like I may need to do some digging and dividing in this garden. I am still pondering placing a bamboo screen along the link fence for some privacy to block unsightly views.
I rarely photograph the north garden. This is full of Rhododendrons, Hostas and perennial Geraniums. Later the hardy Fuchsia will steal the show. The shrub Roses are in full bloom and as one of family member said, they smell lovely.
As I round the corner to the other side of the yard I can’t help but enjoy the flowers of the variegated dogwood. My daughter loved this plant so much, she asked us to plant a new one when we moved here. Below it is a cluster of Viburnum davidii that has just finished flowering.
On the far side of the garden is a huge framework, probably from a greenhouse. It was here when we moved in. It is covered with roses, clematis and honeysuckle. I love the fragrance when you walk under here. I had a family dinner last weekend and the kids loved this area. They kept calling it the tunnel and asking everyone if they had seen it. I aim to have a very cottage like garden under here with lots of perennials from Rudbeckia and Campanula to Alstromeria and Poppies. I let plants such as Nigella self sow here to fill in the gaps and recently added flowers to attract pollinators. I look forward to seeing them bloom. On the top left we seem to have one of the roses dying back. They are pretty old so we may have to train some of the lateral branches to fill in along the top.
The front garden is my favourite as I love shade gardening. As you can see it’s already dark here with the trees fully leafed out. This is where we are starting our Hosta collection. I am looking for plants that have gold, white and green tones in them for the shade garden. It’s so nice to have a plan for this area and the lighter colours make it brighter.
My tiny vegetable garden is growing well. You are probably wondering what the fabric is all about. I use a floating row cover over my newly planted vegetables so the cat doesn’t think I put all that fresh soil in for him. It has worked but as the plants grow and fill in I will be able to remove it. I have potatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, radishes and lettuce under there. A blueberry patch sits behind it. So far the ‘Duke’ blueberry is the most productive. The jury is still out on Pink Lemonade blueberry as it’s into its third year and no fruit. In my garden if plants don’t pay the rent they get the boot. There are always better plants.
Remember the back forty I planted last year. Well it’s not planted yet. This is what overwhelms both of us now. The area is measured out, diagrams have been done and we are about to move ahead on this area. It’s the hardest clay soil in the world and its full of weeds including horsetail. I love new gardeners. The other day I was showing a new gardener the garden and she asked me what a plant was as she had seen lots of it. It was horsetail. I told her never plant it! You will never get rid of it. So back to the plan. We hope to build a kitchen garden with six raised beds. It will some day have a nice picket fence around it, maybe an arbor at the entrance. It will let me grow vegetables and herbs plus give me a work station for all the propagating I do. I also need some kind of roof to go over my tomato beds so we may use the car tent for that this year.
That’s about it this week. I have many weeds to pull but I will get there. I don’t worry about having the perfect garden. I think its natures way of teaching us patience. This weekend I will hopefully get some annual flowers in the garden. I have trays of Zinnias and Snapdragon to go out. Yes, the greenhouse is still full.
Today I am joining Heather over at New House New Home. Won’t you join the party and show us whats blooming in your gardens?