Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Garden Diary: July 18 Walkabout

With early and midsummer past, the garden has entered seasonal maturity and the first signs of senescence are beginning. A very few heavy rains, in this extremely hot and dry summer, a drought really, have done their part to beat down some plants, and the slow movement from vertical to horizontal is beginning to be evident. But the garden has weathered the stresses well, and it's looking rather good, all things considered. Here is a tour, moving roughly clockwise around the garden, with few words. I'm trying to give a sense of space and movement, of choice, rather than pictures of plants or vignettes.

At the back, three additional willows, the arborvitae (one dead from drought), and a newly planted hornbeam hedge off to the left will eventually obscure the deer-exclusion fencing.

The hornbeam hedge (to be) runs behind the bench about 20 feet, then turns a right angle at the far side, up to the stone wall. This will be a shady, quiet, hydrangea-filled sitting area from which to view the garden and listen to the frogs, or the whirring of insects.

This is an entry point for one of the single-walker paths that will run through the interior of the garden. Picture informal pea gravel and stepping stones.


  1. I got really excited when I saw some blue conifers in the distant tree line. They add so much power. I'd say blue spruce, but I doubt it? Planted by you?

  2. As far as I can tell, it is a blue spruce, but certainly not planted by me since I've been at Federal Twist only 5.5 years. I wish there were more. I'm quite sure the original owners of the house planted in, probably in the mid- to late 1960s. I do appreciate the shape and color, and have cut down smaller trees in front to expose it. The original owners also planted a Blue Atlas Cedar at the front of the house, about four feet from the house. Hope it has deep, strong roots!

  3. I dunno--it looks pretty good to me, drought and senescence be damned.

  4. Oh! I didn't mean it's looking bad, just that it's following the natural curve from youth, to maturity, senescence, then a glorious end in the fall. But I see I didn't say that. Revision time?

  5. Just found your blog in researching grasses I'm thinking about planting. Your garden is inspiring.

  6. Wow! What incredible gardens! I have just started a blog myself, and become truly involved in becoming "green."


  7. Thanks for visiting, VeggieThoughts. I'll check out your blog.



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