This awful patio is located just outside our back door and next to the garage. We inherited this patio with the house, in 1990, (that's Boomerang 'modeling'. Actually the photo is of Boomer, not the patio ......he passed of old age on 1/27/18 ) and we still have that stinking patio, as shown, minus the weeds (Hopefully it'll be replaced in the next year or two!) In 2015, we had to tear apart and reinstall several blocks bc there was a sink hole.
I'm including this shameful photo in this post to demonstrate the "before" condition in the transformation to what it is today. (There's a story behind this photo, but it's a downer and this post is focused on the positive)
The wall in the background of this photo is our garage wall. (Remember that for later )
After resigning from my career (which was the singular most difficult decision of my life ) in late July, of 2011, I decided that a not-so-secret, Secret Garden would make for a lovely retreat for the family. You see, we're in the city limits, and all our properties are only around 42 feet wide x 150 feet long. We are ON TOP of each other (if you will), and being a country girl, moving to the city was culture shock, and truth be told, after all this time here, I'm still not used to it, and probably never will be. I do love our front porch, but it really can feel like a fish bowl, at times, and we like our privacy. So to escape the eyes and noise of the city, I thought a Secret Garden retreat would provide the serenety we need, and the next month (August, 2011), I removed some patio blocks and broke ground, along the garage wall, for a border "Garage Garden", and ventured on the journey of a lifetime!
Being a Greenhorn gardener, this garden has seen several different perennials, throughout the first few years, of which could not survive in the light exposure conditions. Lots of trial and error and money wasted by learning the hard way!
I'd post photos of the progress between 2011 and 2016, but they seem to be MIA.
This photo is from 2016. The veggie garden is in the background.
The Garage Garden plantings had not yet continued from the rounded corner to the rear of the garage.
This photo is from 2017
These photos were shot in July of 2018 of the Family Garden (formerly known as the Garage Garden)
As you can see, the back of the garage now has plantings!
View from the balcony:
There's a fountain to the left of the garage man door. The
circular landscape block under the fountain, conceals a big hunk of concrete in which an old tower TV antenna was cemented into. Of course we had the antenna removed, but the concrete, which seems to reach down to the abyss, could not be removed without disturbing the garage foundation. So I had to get creative. Here's a close-up from 2018:
This is a better close-up from 2017, before the fountain was placed there.
Late Summer of 2014 was the year I fell head over heels in love with daylilies!
I went on a buying spree on the Lily Auction, and planted 24 cultivars before the first frost (I had more gardens by then) As the phases of new gardens were completed, I had more and more room for daylilies! My name is Dana, I am a hemeroholic, and interventions are moot!!
2018 was the year that the gardens had been on their most notably best display, for the first time since this gardening journey began, in 2011. Things have filled out, and the gardens finally have a lush feeling about them. Patience is definitely the key to gardening.
My photos of the plantings in the Family Garden, left to right:
To the left of the garage man door:
Hosta 'White Feather'
(No decent photo yet)
To the right of the garage man door:
Fernleaf Bleeding Heart
Typically I plant Caladium in the pot that's surrounded by the bleeding heart.
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Thumbthing Special'
Russian Sage - 4 specimens (No photo yet)
Northern Sea Oats -2 specimens.
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Spock's Ears' - 2 specimens flanking the 'Queen Josephine' hosta
Hemerocallis Daylily 'All Shook Up' (No photo yet)
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Brazilian Flamingo' (No photo yet)
Hosta 'Queen Josephine' - 2 specimens flanking the 'Color Guard' Yucca
Yucca Filamentosa 'Color Guard'
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Dragon Fang' (No photo yet)
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Bat Flight'
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Bam'
(No photo yet)
Hosta 'Patriot' around the birdbath
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Helix' between the 'Patriot' hosta
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' behind the birdbath
Hemerocallis Daylily - Unregistered seedling (by Kim Klarner) 'Flycatcher' x 'Heavenly Curls'
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Arachnidan Trap'
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Zoro's Blade'
Hemerocallis Daylily 'New Design' (No photo yet)
Hemerocallis Daylily 'Mystic Pizza'
As you can see, garden pots and decor are moved around quite often, depending on the location I think they would best serve their purpose, at the time.
As I acquire photos of the plants that aren't photographed, I'll edit them in to this and future blog posts.
'Til next time....
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