Deep freeze for the garden

This is my first day back to work, and on my way out to the car this morning at 7:30 I took a few photos of the horses in the barnyard and the garden.

Casey and Fly eating breakfast
Casey and Fly eating breakfast

The temperatures are supposed to be very cold for the next five days, which is not great because there’s no protective snow cover for the garden plants, but I don’t think we’re supposed to get a lot of wind, which is the good news.

This is the little shade garden under the old apple tree, facing east. And a pile of rocks for next season's wall-building.
This is the little shade garden under the old apple tree, facing east. And a pile of rocks for next season’s wall-building.

In this next photo of the backyard, you see the remaining patch of lawn. That’s the grass that is slated for removal this coming season. I’m planning to plant narcissus by the hundreds and daylilies by the score here. For starters.

backyard remaining lawn, soon-to-be garden.
backyard remaining lawn, soon-to-be garden.

The photo below is the existing main garden in the backyard. This one I intend to shrink by pulling the far edge up by 5 or 6 feet. You can’t actually see the far edge in this picture–it disappears over a little hill. It’s just a tough edge to keep weeded, because it’s on a slope. I don’t want to build a stone wall there, so I’m going to let the lawn back in and re-group a little farther uphill. I plan to take photos of the whole backyard project as it develops next season.

backyard main garden.
backyard main garden.

I ordered three new peonies from Khlem’s Songsparrow nurseries. Elsa Sass, Mrs. Roosavelt, and Orchid Annie. Here are photos of them from the internet:

Peony Orchid Anne
Peony Orchid Anne
peony Mrs. Roosavelt
peony Mrs. Roosavelt
Elsa Sass peony
Elsa Sass peony

 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Michele Whalen says:

    Hello my Friend. I have been a bit busy and hadn’t had a chance to look at your blog. Those peonies are just beautiful as all of your flowers always are. Stay warm!

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