So...without further ado...a tour of our garden.
This little Rhododendron lives outside our front porch...in fact this photo is taken from the front porch looking a bit to the left of the main walk to our house. We relocated Rhody from the back yard last year when we re-did the lawn back there. She's doing ok, but we might need to put her back where she can get more sun. Not sure on that one. Really...she's my husband's responsibility since (gasp) I don't really care about her.
Turning to the right, you see the path that leads around to the side of our house. We are forever thankful for the person three owners back who installed this gorgeous path and garden. When we first moved in, the place had been neglected for years and was totally overgrown...my husband wanted to tear it all out and put in lawn! But I convinced him to have a nursery come and clean it out a bit and wait a year or so before tearing anything out and boy are we glad we did.
Looking back up the path to the front of the house:
The garden area in the center has really taken off. Most of the items in this middle ground we have planted ourselves...but these cone flowers have always been there. They attract butterflies; though to be honest, I haven't really seen a lot of butterflies around.
We planted some Silvermound as ground cover a few years ago with the intent to split them and replant every few years...but they need more sun than they get. Half of the garden is shaded by the cherry tree, so we may move things around to have a more shade type ground cover closer to the tree and save all the Silvermound for the full sun areas.
These gorgeous flowers are called Garden Phlox...and they are beautiful. They started blooming very soon after the Day Lilies faded, bringing some beautiful color into the garden. One of our goals in planting was to have color all throughout the summer, and I think we have succeeded in doing that.
I have to admit, I am a little disappointed in the Speedwell...they are supposed to get between two and three feet and have tall purple and pink shafts that attract butterflies...but ours are only about a foot high and the shafts themselves are only about 6 inches and, as previously mentioned, I have yet to see any butterflies. Oh well...maybe next year...
At the lower end of the middle garden is a separate area that we have designated our herb garden. Many of these were planted around the whole space, but we have relocated them all here. There is a GORGEOUS sage plant as well as chives, oregano, rosemary, thyme and lavender. We also have a mini-field of mint up closer to the path around the house but we try and keep them sequestered so they don't take everything over!
The Peonies that were so gorgeous in June have all lost their floral lustre, but continue to add beautiful, full foliage to the side wall of the house.
These Lilies are HUGE. We have to split this plant, but I need to do some major space planning before we do that, so it might be until next spring before we get to it. In the meantime, they have totally taken over our Hydrangea plant!
Here's one of the Petunia plants my MIL gifted us with:
You can see how big those Lilies are in this picture...as well as a glimpse of the sexy gardener :)
Over in the other part of our yard the Basil is growing beautifully...
I can't even get over how big they are...and they are just getting bigger and bigger and bigger...since taking these pictures the ones in front are now all over the grass! We need to get more stakes and tie them back before they hurt themselves!
See...WAY back in there, there are some big ole' tomatoes!
Also way back in there is what they refer to as Dog Vomit Slime Mold. I know. Gross. Apparently it is actually a fungus that is a delicacy in Mexico. I don't care. It's gross and I hate it. It grows near wooded things (like mulch and trees) when there is too much moisture. And once the spores are there, they are always there. Ew. We didn't mulch this area, but I think there was mulch in the compost we used. Bleh. Thankfully it is harmless and won't eat our plants.
Oh yeah...and more proof of the too-much-moisture. A lone mushroom.
Ok...moving back over to the Hydrangea. Hydrangeas are not full sun plants and ours is in full sun so we HAVE to water it. Sadly, we were away for five days during a huge heat wave and our hydrangea suffered dearly for it. So, now we have a soaker hose and are hoping to at least get the plant through the summer and maybe relocate it where it isn't so bright.
Dead Hydrangea flowers are not on my list of inspiring things to look at.
Lastly, we turned our compost. We have a fun little tool that you pierce into the base of the compost and then as you pull it out, the wings are supposed to open up on the side of the shaft of the tool and you can aerate your compost that way...but so far it doesn't work very well...which is annoying because I wouldn't have bought it if it didn't look so promising. Instead, the best way to turn the compost, is to actually turn it into a new place. Fortunately, our compost is set up where we can easily move it back and forth from one area to another.
So there you go...the latest comings and goings of our garden.
How are your garden spaces holding up this summer?