Ramblings of a 'New American' Gardener
I think it's exactly that, a rising wave, building to the late summer flourish.Is that lychnis coronaria in the first photograph
Higher each week. A rising vegetable tide.Yes, lychnis coronaria. It moves around each year, and there are some very large clumps this year. I love that piercing color that drills inside your head, but the camera can't show it.
You always get me with these long rambles through your big garden. I end up losing much of my morning poring over your pictures, walking the paths, sitting in those chairs, and admiring the planting details and stonework / sculptures. So much to absorb!Is that zenobia in the 7th from last photo? Gorgeous unusual woodland plant, I have several and they are beautiful but need a more creative setting than where I have them.
Laurrie,Still waiting for the tall plants to bolt upward to complete the picture. Yes, that is a zenobia. I got two at the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville University(they have one of the best plant sales anywhere) about three years ago. Zenobia is such a striking native, I'm surprised we don't see it more. I'm curious as to where you got your. I don't believe I've ever seen it offered by nurseries.
I got three zenobias mail order from Woodlander's Nursery in So. Carolina (be careful with the url it is Woodlanders dot net --- not dot com.) They introduced 'Woodlander's Blue' which is a lighter color, but they offer the straight green one too. Both have the lovely glaucus sheen.
It's looking magnificent! Did you fill in the pond?
Judy,Are you the Judy I think you are? No, the pond's still there. Just so overgrown with plants you can't see it. I need to get in it and do a thorough cleaning, but probably will wait a while so I don't have to do it two more times this season.
Oakleaf hydrangea is such a picturesque plant, and you have captured it beautifully. I just want to sit in those peaceful looking chairs in your garden and passively watch summer arrive.
Carolyn,Oakleaf hydrangea is one of my favorite shrubs. This one is in an elevated stone bed. It couldn't survive in the extremely wet soil at ground level.
I'm always amazed, James, how radically your garden changes, according to season.
Faisal, with my city-country schedule, I'm always amazed how much can change in three or four days at this time of the year. Ample rain and sunlight has filled my rural glade to the brim.