Late May garden tour

Even with the dry conditions the garden is exuberant and lush. In this post I’ll do a virtual garden tour starting in the northside gardens, which we call the “sandy garden” and the “square garden”. From there we will go to the front yard, then take the southside walkway to the  meditation garden and the back yard. Here is the sandy garden:

I recently dumped all of the wood shavings and bits of bark from the woodpile onto the paths of the sandy garden. It really helps to keep moisture in--this is a very dry garden, as the name suggests.
I recently dumped all of the wood shavings and bits of bark from the woodpile onto the paths of the sandy garden. It really helps to keep moisture in–this is a very dry garden, as the name suggests.
Sandy garden showing the compost bin and newly smothered patch of lawn near the swingset.
Sandy garden showing the compost bin and newly smothered patch of lawn near the swingset.
white iris blooming in the sandy garden.
white iris blooming in the sandy garden.

The square garden is the only part of the yard with a flower garden when I first moved here, and it was, indeed, square in shape. Now, although the garden has expanded and isn’t a square anymore, we still call it that for lack of a better name. In the picture below you can see the edging, using hay flakes.

edging
edging around the square garden

The square garden has some delphinium–here is a really big one:019Now to the front yard. Here it is from the driveway, looking toward the road. This side of it gets a lot of sun. It has very happy perennial bachelor’s button (centaura montana) that spread wildly. That along with iris and dame’s rocket are blooming now.

nice blues
nice blues
front yard from the driveway
front yard from the driveway

Further down in the front yard there is a pretty patch of woodland anemone in bloom: 056The lower front yard, near the road, dominated by hostas, is filling in nicely. I got two more kinds of hostas recently, a pale lime green and a bluish one.

waiting to be planted
waiting to be planted
hostas protected by thick layers of hay mulch
hostas protected by thick layers of hay mulch
I've been laying wood shavings mulch in the paths, and hay in the beds.
I’ve been laying wood shavings mulch in the paths, and hay in the beds.
the side of the potting shed, newly weeded and heavily mulched.
the side of the potting shed, newly weeded and heavily mulched.
front yard ferns
front yard ferns in late afternoon sun
Tater enjoying the new rock wall in the anemone patch
Tater enjoying the new rock wall in the anemone patch
Mr Fluff loves the little rock bench in the upper front yard.
Mr Fluff loves the little rock bench in the upper front yard.

Going from the front yard to the southside walkway, the path has been taken over by forget-me-nots and poppies. 077A little further on the path, dame’s rockets steal the show.

Dame's Rocket on the southside hillside
Dame’s Rocket on the southside hillside

In the meditation garden, the catmint have spread everywhere. 093In the back yard, the bed under the apple tree is doing beautifully. It has filled in with wild ginger, campanula glomerata, hostas, columbine, wild woodland phlox, geranium, foamflower, and various other plants. Lovely!

path into the apple tree garden
path into the apple tree garden

I used to dislike hostas–now I can’t remember why! This leaf captivated me:109

view from ground level
view from ground level
Tater relaxing, as usual. That's the apple tree garden behind him.
Tater relaxing, as usual. That’s the apple tree garden behind him.

Here’s a few pictures of the rest of the back yard:

standing on the threshold stone between the meditation garden and the back yard
standing on the threshold stone between the meditation garden and the back yard

The next picture is of the “triangle”, the most recent patch of the back yard lawn to be smothered. There are lots of day lilies and peonies there. This picture shows the nice patch of goldplate yarrow I planted in the center of it.

back yard "triangle"
back yard “triangle”

Lastly, I want to show pictures of a wildflower I brought into the garden from a huge patch of it I saw on a hike. I can’t seem to find it in any wildflower book. Maybe some kind of primrose? It is happy in the front yard and is spreading.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Michele says:

    Wowee Anne. What a wonderful place for you, David, and the cats to enjoy. It’s just beautiful. I need to get over there for a visit soon.

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