June 11, 2021

Mid May Garden


I am finally posting these photos from mid-May, with 'Purple Sensation' alliums and 'Excelsior' Spanish bluebells in bloom above.

By the middle of May the 'Royal Raindrops' crabapple trees had dropped their petals and taken up their summer maroon color.

'Early Emperor' alliums in the foreground were a lovely contrast with the chartreuse leaves of a 'Sutherland Gold' elderberry at left and the 'Red Dragon' contorted filbert at right.

This chair has been a favorite place to sit and take in the view down both sides of the path.

The last of the tulips included 'Blue Spectacle,' 'Black Hero' and these unknown coral-red lily tulips.

In the white garden, 'Spring Green' viridiflora tulips bloomed along with the 'Popcorn' viburnum at back right.

The west garden was full of leaves if not color, with a few clematis flowers opening on the trellis.

May 18, 2021

Tulip Time in Early May

 These photos of the backyard are from early May when the tulips were in full bloom along with the 'Royal Raindrops' crabapple trees.

'Margarita' pink double tulips were blooming at front along with lily-flowered 'Merlot,' 'Orange Princess,' 'Negrita' and 'Black Hero.' 

As the 'Spring Snow' crabapple trees finished blooming, white petals covered the ground.   

These double red 'Palmyra' tulips might have been my favorite this year.  In the background you can see one of two newly planted 'Primo' dwarf arborvitaes.  Eventually they should grow four feet tall by one foot wide to add beautiful evergreen structure to this main sunny bed.

A shot looking west shows the back northwest bed.  I've been giving extra water and love to the two 'Green Tower' boxwoods at right.  We transplanted them out from the very back of the bed last year, and they're still a little stressed.

Speaking of stressed plants, my two 'Thoweil' false cypress shrubs (just left of center and far left) are both struggling.  I'm not sure if they have tip blight or if they just got too dried out last winter, but they've had a lot of dieback and just don't look good.  I have been making sure the soil is moist at their bases and have treated them with fungicide.  Every time I walk by I send them good thoughts for recovery.

The tulips in this area came back nicely for a second year, including pink 'Aveyron' and creamy 'Verona.'  Newly planted 'Bowles Golden' carex echoes the chartreuse blooms of cushion spurge.

In my tiny white garden, the 'Exotic Emperor' tulips have multiplied over several years to make a good showing along with variegated white aubretia and the 'Spring Snow' crabapple.

This photo doesn't do them justice, but the 'Exotic Emperor' tulips have interesting green flames coming up their sides and lovely full blooms.  

A view of the east back garden reveals the new hot tub at far right.  We bought it for my husband and I swore I would rarely get in, but it turns out that I use it more than anyone else in the family, especially after a long day of gardening.

This is the view from the best seat in the hot tub.  It has become another way to enjoy the garden!

March 4, 2021

West Garden Progression 2020

I have a final series of season progression photos to share, this time from the west garden path.  The shot above shows everything waking up for spring in March 2020.  The 'Elfin' thyme surrounding the flagstones is mostly evergreen, though its color is more muted in winter.

By May 1 the area looked very different.  I could fill the space with more evergreens that would look nice in winter, but then I'd have less room for the flowering plants I really love.  The evergreens that grow well here don't have beautiful blooms.

The 'Walker's Low' catmint was in its full glory by the end of May.  It is one of my favorite plants in the garden, and it's a favorite of the bees as well.

I didn't get a midsummer shot from 2020, so this is July 2019.  The 'Royal Sunset' lilies, 'Hush Lil Baby' daylilies, and 'Early Sunrise' coreopsis added warmth to the color scheme.

This scene from September featured the long-blooming 'Kickin' Purple' asters as well as 'Mickey' hardy chrysanthemums.  The 'Dazzleberry' sedums aren't visible from this angle, but they were a beautiful addition in August/September.

After some light frosts in October, the daylilies died back but the asters and mums continued to bloom.  Very cold temperatures came quickly afterward, so we didn't get to enjoy much fall color from the leaves on shrubs and trees before they turned brown.

I had to go back a few years to find a snow shot of the area.  Winter interest was provided by the four 'Wee Willie' boxwoods, flagstone path, basalt pillar, birdbath, trellises and stone facing on the house.

In June we took some family photos in the garden, and I particularly liked this one with my favorite garden helper in the west garden.