Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Walking With Flowers

Sister #2 brought me another one of her glass flower creations when she visited last week. On the second attempt, the big box had four foot pieces of rebar in stock and I was able to make the stem for placement.

I have quite a collection of art flowers now. I thought it might be time for go for a walk in the garden with flowers and change things up a bit.

First stop was the path down to the basement patio. Meh.

That is kinda cute, but I did not like the view of them from the front porch. Nope. The front porch view is critical.

The Kousa Dogwood is right off the front porch.

Placement is everything. The back side of the glass flowers are not quite so showy.

I headed deeper into the garden.

Black Iris #3 had two bloom stems this year. Ever so slowly they are multiplying.

I went with the metal collection of art flowers by the front porch.

Yes. The glass art flowers found the perfect home just off the Great Lawn in the shady greenery by the steps leading into forest part of the garden. They really work as a focal point to draw the eye to that path of exploration.

It's almost time to take a good whiff of the Carrion Flower.

I have big bold foliage if you are not into that.

Monday, May 29, 2017


Nice Sedge

Spine of the Beast

There's More

Major Flop

The Proverbial Dappled Light

Fine Foliage

The Path Down

Red Kalmia

Yellow Alliums


Sunday, May 28, 2017

It Was Good

Two hours in to my journey of editing for elbow room I paused and looked over the garden. This is good I thought. I could do this many days a week and be quite content. One day.

Every year it gets easier. The planted plants grow bigger and the annoying and unwanted grow scarcer.

I was pretty much done and ready to move on to the next chore when afternoon showers arrived. It made time to sit a spell.

The roadside vegetable garden was weeded when the rain was over.

I am beginning to have suspicions about my earthworms. There are so many, weeding or digging a hole brings half a dozen to the surface. The soil is so fluffy I sink between rows. Are they eating the seeds I sow? I have the worst luck getting seeds to germinate. Something isn't right.

The garden grows on. Abundance can not be stopped.

The bulk of the editing was done in the Tall Flower Meadow. This is where it is important to keep the planted plants, many of which make up the winter Under Garden, from getting buried in the Lush.

Kniphofia bloom.

Even the grasses appreciate not being crowded. The Tall Flower Meadow is taller than most.

I found one small kind frog resting on a Darmera leaf. The box turtle is lucky I didn't step on him hiding in the lush.

Big foliage is a must.

Next week it will be time for a fresh mowing. That little bit of tidy does wonders. It shouts garden.

I also planted a bucket of rooted red and yellow twig dogwood stems in the Lush below the Great Lawn. Fresh cut stems were not working so I put them in a bucket of water. It took six weeks, but they rooted. Now they need to grow. My luck with these has been poor. I hope this planting is the charm.

I would love a wall of bright red and yellow twigs in the barren time.

The back wall of the garden is coming along. I just had to use some of the property below me to make it. Today I asked my rich neighbor across the byway to buy it to add to his thousands of acres of holdings. It has been for sale for over thirty years. When lookers find out how steep most of the twenty five acres is, they flee.

More blooms are on the way with the Japanese Iris of the rotten log.

The Mayapples are getting ready to exit the landscape.

Making elbow room makes for a lumpy meadow. I'm good with that.

It was a good day. Plenty editing, a little rain and clear skies for an evening stroll. The garden grows more awesome by the year.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Around The Wild Cultivated Gardens

The one hundred and fifty foot long arc of hosta got some new additions. They literally fell out of the ground last fall and went in to storage. When I put them back, there were enough for two new beds and two other gardens.

Potatoes, leeks and Ironweed in the roadside vegetable garden. I think there is a recipe for that.

Rain makes Lush.

I bet this is the tidiest and most interesting utility easement in all of Haywood County. 

As I head to dinner with Bulbarella and Sister #2.

She came. She saw. It got washed away.

The Lady is starting to shrivel. She was still fresh a week ago.

Bulbarella has her own hosta collection.

A Deutzia in the forest.

Thursday evening was the last of this round of wet. Sister #2 had one perfect day at the very end.

Tomorrow I will dive in and edit for elbow room. The planted plants need their space.

The time of the Lush is here.