Over the years I’ve given my readers a photographic tour of my garden, showing them what it looked like at its peak, which occurs somewhere in the middle-end of July when most of the Summer blooming perennials and annuals are at their best. For this post I’m showing you what it looks like right now, in June, after I’ve so far, by myself, hand dug into the dirt (I’m not calling it soil because it’s just too worn out) twenty four 3.8 cubic feet bales of sphagnum peat moss to amend it.
I did not amend every square inch of the garden, just the spaces where I plant annuals, because for the last two years things started to not grow that well. It was time to do this labor intensive project, because while working the peat moss into the ground I rarely saw a worm and the sphagnum moss that I initially worked into the ground years ago had disappeared leaving just the gravely-sandy dirt that I started with.
Twenty four bales was just enough to do the front garden, my newly designed vegetable garden (which will be shown in the next post) and a new space where I’ve decided to plant the dahlias that I keep from year to year. So let’s start the tour… The cover photo for this post and the above shot are views of out front looking down toward the road (click on photos to enlarge). The pinks, blues and purples of the peonies, lupine, iris and perennial salvia have past and the garden has now taken on the warmer colors of yellow, orange and red. If you look closely at this side of the border you will see spaces between the clumps of perennials, this is where I plant oh-too many annuals. I like the perennials because they come up every year and add structure to the garden, but I also want a lot of color for a long time, which only annuals provide.
When it comes to annuals, I buy some, probably start too many zinnias from seed and every year the sweet alyssum comes back because I leave them in place over the Winter and they self-seeds. In the Spring I know what the baby plants look like and I have just enough to move around and replant again.
The above photos show the Stella de oro daylilies in bloom, the Marguerite and Black-eyed Susan Gloriosa Daises starting to come, a couple knock-out roses doing their thing and a look at the annuals: sweet alyssum, salvia, annual blue salvia, blue mink ageratum and zinnia that I’ve planted.
Here is a photo of the garden looking back toward the house.
Down by the road a daylily bed filled with Stella de oro, some wild daises that have self seeded and an early and late varieties of wild orange daylilies catch the eye of passers-by.
I love burgundy toned foliage because it makes green, chartreuse, gray and blue toned leaves and needles pop. Here I used it in a new flower box, that I’ve painted green to match the shutters on my house.
Now we’re out back looking at the garden of “Needs Weeding” which will next have its soil in spots also amended, major weeding done and planted, so it looks presentable like out front does. Here you see astilbe, wild daises, stella de oro daylilies and different colors of foliage doing their thing. Hopefully the rain and forecast-ed hot weather will pass so I can get the job done.
More photos of out back and pots of zinnias, Mexican sunflowers, and cosmos that I started from seed to be planted in the back garden.
The last three photos show some other views from outback. The top photo is of a corner of the back yard that you see when entering the garden gate. Notice the dead tree branches in the left corner of the space. Over the Winter I lost parts of a lilac bush and a sand cherry, so I clipped off their minor branches, just keeping the trunks and wired them to the fence; very sculptural and provides a lot of vertical tension in the spot, and the birds seem to like landing there.
The second photo shows the three arborvitae spheres that I planted along the fence and a wonderful euonymus that was started for me, more than 25 years ago, by my Aunt Anna. I love how it’s growing up the fence and is pouring over the fence into my neighbor’s yard as her hydrangea pour over into mine.
The third and final photo shows my patio area which has been prepared for the season, but until I get the garden amended, weeded and planted, I don’t think I will be lingering there too long.
So there you have it a look at the June garden here at Whimsey Hill House, I hope you liked my little tour, and please look at the companion posts, as you might find them inspiring.
Companion posts on Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com…
When Designing a Perennial Garden It’s ALL about the Shapes of Leaves 1-15-2011,
How to Plant (Design) a garden..Mass versus Specimen Planting 2-17-2011,
Colored Foliage adds that WOW Factor to a Garden 2-22-2011,
Stagger Plant Heights when Planting (Designing) a Garden 2-23-2011,
Roses..Planting, Pruning and General Care 5-11-2011,
My Peonies don’t/won’t Bloom 5-16-2011,
Plant Tomatoes DEEP in Full Sun! 5-23-2011,
Planting Annuals, A Beginning Gardener’s Guide 5-28-2011,
Grow a Topiary from an Upright Yew 6-15-2011,
Starting a Rose Bush and other plants from a Cutting (Slip) 6-17-2011,
Hostas (Plantation Lily) Planting Dividing and Maintenance 8-14-2011,
When Designing a Shade Garden, think Focal Point, Plant Color and Shapes of Leaves 9-4-2011
Evergreens are the Winter Interest in My Garden 1-24-2012,
Raspberries…Planting and Pruning 2-9-2012,
It’s Easy to Grow Pussywillows 2-15-2012,
Some ideas about Planting Trees by your House for Curb Appeal 4-26-2012,
Distance foundation Plants from your House when Planting 5-3-2012,
Siting a Garden Shen on your Property 6-9-2012,
Got Grass growing out onto your Sidewalk or Driveway?…Edge it! 8-26-2012,
Planting a Garden Room on your Property 2-17-2013,
Foundation Planting, Laying our Foundation Plants in Front of your Home 9-28-2013,
Putting Foundation Plants across the Front of your House 10-21-2013