Thursday, June 23, 2011
Welcome back to the Virtual Garden Tour. Yes, I eluded yesterday to today's post. Chaos! Actually, it's not as chaotic as I think that front corner was. But you can be the judge. I've added some plant details in the flickr files, so if you click on the photos, it should take you through to flickr and you can see my notes on the photos there.
Since we're a corner house, we have a nice big side yard, and part of this side yard has been co-opted as our backyard. Just not this part. This is my fun place to grow showstoppers.
The arbor is a secondary entrance to our front porch, as many visitors, and the mailman, park on the side and walk in from this way. Before this section of garden was here, I noticed the mailman would trek across our lawn when delivering the mail. Instead of working against it, we worked with it, and made this a formalized path.
This side formerly was edged in spirea, but last fall, they were removed due to size and sprawl. It's funny how "vigorous growers" sounds good at first, but in the long haul, become oversized.
Several years ago I began to increase the contrast in dark leaved plants in this bed, so as to frame the flowers and lime green foliage of the plants in the foreground. Plus, having a green colored house means it's easy for the garden and house to all meld together.
Obviously, I'm having a problem with the vigorous bishop's weed, and it is sprawling and taking over the sunny beds. I curse that plant and wish I had never planted it. But here it does play a pretty background to a crazy freaky allium.
The pineapple broom is in full bloom right now, and its yellow flower is so tasty delicious smelling. Yes, it really does smell like pineapple.
This section of pathway is new, finally replacing the tired attempt at grass paths, and creating a shape and form to hold together the chaos of the plants in this area.
Little details, like blown glass bits woven into the simple chicken wire fence.
A preview of the area this will lead us to, the Side of Calm.
Tomorrow, we'll venture into the garden gate and into the calm woodland....