Posted 1 month ago
After I updated my account photo to show some pretty flowers in my yard, Broochman gave me a nudge of encouragement to post a few more of the same. So here goes:
Every flower garden I have is planted for a succession of flowers so when one kind of flower is fading away, there’s something else coming up ready to burst into bloom.
There are lots of perennials, flowering shrubs, flowering trees, vines, ground covers, bulbs, stepping stones, bird houses, bird baths, fairy gardens, yard art and comfortable places to sit and enjoy it all.
The scene changes very frequently with blooms coming and going. There are always weeds to be pulled, flowers to deadhead, cuttings to root or to transplant.
I only water plants when they are newly planted, and then it is with rainwater that I salvage from rain run-off from the roofs of my garden shed and screen house.
Part of my yard is in an area with a high water table and I also mulch well.
Picture # 4 is a 12’ X 24’ screen house.
Growing along side it are Castor Bean plants which have bright red stalks and flowers and iridescent purplish green huge leaves. Their seeds are poisonous but beautiful inside their spikey red casings which hang in large clusters. The plants get all the rain water from the roof and will reach the eaves before Summer is over. They are annuals.
Picture #1 is at the entrance to the garden path which winds around to the screenhouse.
The bird feeder has Clematis (pink and purple) vines which will be climbing the post a little later in the season. There are lots of iris and lily bulbs as well as several rose bushes and Forsythia bushes growing along that side.
The metal arbor also supports Clematis vines and, sometimes, Moon Vines and Morning Glories.
My family and friends made stepping stones for the pea-gravel path.
There are Spring bulbs, Encore Azaleas, Knock Out roses, Seven Sisters roses, Vitex trees, Gingko, Kwanzan Cherry, and Magnolia Soulangia trees, Angel Trumpets and several kinds of perennials. I’ve started labeling plants because I sometimes forget their names or accidentally dig up one thing when I’m planting something else.
Picture #2 is a shrub that I only learned about a few years ago. It blooms in Winter of Zone 7 which is a real treat! About February, the big yellow and while clusters, about the size of a baseball, open and emit a beautifully sweet fragrance. Its called Edgeworthia.
I have 6 of them. They are underplanted with Lentin Roses which also bloom in Winter.
Picture #3 is a fiberglass birdbath that mostly collects rain water and falling cherry blossoms.
It is underplanted with BlackEyed Susans, Purple Shamrocks, daffodils, Bell Flowers, Creeping Phlox and Aguga.
I hope you enjoyed seeing part of this garden. It was hard to try to boil it down to only 4 pictures.
A Yard Art post may be coming up in a few days!
Comments are welcomed!