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:
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.
The square garden has some delphinium–here is a really big one:Now 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.
Further down in the front yard there is a pretty patch of woodland anemone in bloom: The 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.
In the meditation garden, the catmint have spread everywhere. In 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!
Here’s a few pictures of the rest of 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.
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.