It was drizzly on Thursday, so I didn't do anything, except collect markers for their labelling upgrade. I have the labels all printed out. Now I just need to prepare the markers with a paint pen before attaching the new labels.
I've had the following transplants weighing on my mind, so I put my mind to rest on Wednesday. I transplanted the yellow Adam's Needle from the East side family garden, by the garage, to beside the west half wall that's next to the front porch steps. I FINALLY found something to fill that area nicely without spreading roots, and to hide the corner nicely from all angles. That corner has been nothing but an eyesore ever since I had to remove our inherited Iris from there, years and years ago. The iris died off bc that space has barriers on all four sides, and it's not large, so once the iris filled it up, there was nowhere else for the corms to spread. The Iris was so pretty though. Anyway, the Adam's Needle is evergreen, which makes me even more happy!! It will certainly demand attention for guests and passerby alike! I then transplanted a hydrangea from the north side of the family garden to the east side of the family garden (the former location of the Adam's Needle) The hydrangea will be a nice late season feature plant to offset the daylilies. The Adam's Needle did brighten up that area, but it didn't have that wow factor bc of how low it is to the ground, and blooming daylilies overwhelmed it, making it look like there was just a gaping hole there. I was hoping it would bloom, but no such luck. I think it's bc it only got morning sun, which I knew was a gamble when I planted it there. It matured a nicely, but that's it. It's new location will provide full sun, and hopefully it will bloom this year! 🤞🤞 Once both plants were planted, I mulched heavily with a thick layer of dead leaves.
The COVID-19 lockdown is getting really old and like everyone else, across the US of A, I've got cabin fever but thankfully I can play in the gardens!! Many across the country are getting anxious and staging protests at their state capitals to get back to work. It's completely understandable from both viewpoints. They want to work, but the President and Governor's want to make careful and informed decisions to protect the health of us citizens. BUT, as Tucker Carlson pointed out last evening, state governor's are getting power hungry, and in these unprecedented times, us citizens, as a whole, are the victims of one great big experiment. I can tend to agree, but that's as political as I'll be and no more than I'll accept, here in my NGA blog.
After many a previous weeks of digging and preparing daylilies for early shipment for three orders from my sale, including one very cold day, of which it took me four hours to warm up inside, even though I was wearing three layers of clothing and under two blankets, the weather on Monday, April 20th was absolutely gorgeous, and I FINALLY had time to do other things in the yard and gardens! First up was cutting down the ornamental grasses. I also cut the edge of the new forbidden garden pathway extension that's closer to the kennel and removed sod that remained inside and under the bricks of that garden. I'm starting to build the forbidden garden despite Sparky's objections.
I'm planning to rearrange the anchor plantings of the forbidden garden bc Sparky said he feels a bit claustrophobic with (I think) the taller, wider plantings located more toward the house, starting at like 10 feet away from the kennel. The kennel itself gives a closed in feeling when on the patio, bc it's 6 feet high, so it's not helping matters. I want nothing more than to get rid of that darn kennel and build a deck in it's place!! Once it's replaced by a deck, it will feel more open on the patio. The current anchor plantings are the start of a friendly living fence border. The current placement of the Zebra Grass, Maiden Grass, and Arborvitae are the "back" of the border, when facing it head on, but I get what he's saying, as I evaluate from the vantage point of the patio. This is a hard lesson in the physical feeling of landscape design, as human beings. It just isn't working in the current arrangement bc most of the time this border is viewed from the patio, not straight on, so the closer plantings should be skinnier, when the goal is taller plants for privacy, and further away, as taller plants, they should get wider in my particular application. This takes a lot of thought for a friendly, private living fence that's meant to block our view to the neighbor and visa-versa. I can't move the wider Zebra Grass toward the tree bc it would not get enough sunlight, so most likely it will move to the back corner and perhaps further up our side of the nice neighbor's side of the yard. These locations should allow 4-6 hours of sunlight. Finding taller, wider shrubs or evergreens, that thrive in part to full shade has been most difficult.
This will be a challenge between Sparky and I, in regards to vehicle accessibility to the back side of the property and adding more gardens (although small) but I think it's a reasonable solution, and if he kvetches, he'll just have to live with it.
I will also move the two Arborvitae that are closer to the back tree, up to join the other one, in a row. They will also get more adequate sunlight there, and with this planned placement, they will block the view to our patio from Jerkwaad's gap in the fence by his garage. The Arborvitae are slimmer than the Zebra Grass but still serve the privacy factor, and with plantings of shorter perennials and daylilies, it will trick the eye in to feeling less claustrophobic. (more room for daylilies!! ) The Maiden Grass will remain in it's current location bc it does a great job of blocking views from both Jerkwaad's driveway and the nosey neighbor's front porch across the street.
A couple weeks ago, I went all willy nilly and schetched up a fantasy living fence, including elevations, so I can compromise between fantasy and reality. I'm not imaginative/creative with plant choices and placement at all, so this is quite the challenge that I really don't have the patience for. We'll see how it goes!!
Can't sleep tonight, so I figured it's a good time to blog. Perhaps I'll bore myself to sleep with my life in written word.
I've had to pot up the new DL's that have come in the mail. Why? Bc my DH is stubborn! I have 7 in pots, 5 standing by to be potted, and two more coming later this month. What am I going to do? I don't have a holding bed and they're under foot bc the best place for them is on the patio, close to the garage and patio table. This is not good. I refuse to keep them in pots for the entire growing season, waiting for Sparky to compromise, bc it's not going to happen.
So I'll have to straight up tell him that I need a holding bed, so why not put in the new garden?
Please pray for us that this won't get ugly, bc round 2 is about to begin. 🙏🙏🙏
Yesterday was gorgeous! Reached about 68° I spent about an hour chatting with our sweet, and beloved elderly neighbor. We talk about his service in the Navy, during WWII, amongst many, many other things. The subject of his front yard, that's packed with dandelions (that have now gone to seed) no thanks to sod that was carrying the dandelion, and other weed, seed. (He brought it up, whew, and that outfit is now out of business. Go figure ) He's in his 90's and sharp as a tack. He's going to have his grandson, who mows and trims his lawn, take care of the weeds. Thank heavens bc we're down wind.
I potted up the new DL's that will go in the new garden (Round one: Sparky-1, Dana-zip ) Dug up Two Sue's, divided it for trade and replanted her. Replanted 'Don't Leave Empty-handed', and 'Asheville Pink Lady' from a previous trade.
Looked around and decided (or came to the
conclusion) that some plant musical spots will most likely have to wait until next year.
Watched Jasper do his tail chasing/licking yoga
I caught him on camera right after he'd stopped but he does this with his tail between his legs. It's so funny to watch!
All in all, yesterday was a good day!
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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