Gardening is the most relaxing hobby I have. Watching our families garden mature over time has been gratifying to me and my parents. We don't even have to go to a nursery anymore, since we have enough perennials that can be divided. I also like to see our plants reseed themselves in the garden like Phlox and Black Eyed Susan. In the Spring, Pansies and Johnny Jump Ups grow in the cracks of the bricks, and stone pathways in the court yard. Wild Ferns and Moss also grow under the cool wet shade of the Boxwood hedges. Hens and Chicks profusely multiply in this Ironstone English sink. The sink was a find at Brimfield.Antique Show.
The urns were purchased at Brimfield. We change the urns through the seasons for color and interest. Christmas time we add an Alberta Spruce with small white lights. Spring and Summer we like bold colors that intertwine and hang over the edge. When Fall time comes, we place Mums. We like to buy hanging baskets that are already planted. It's cheaper and makes clean up easy. The urns can also be used for more exotic plants such as Palm trees or Orchids. Tropic plants in the urns can add a whole new level to even a country garden.
The Frank Lloyd Wright inspired planter was a find at Brimfield. The Granite bench was given to my parents, by a nice couple who live across the street.
The hanging basket will soon be planted with Impatiences and hanging on the front door.
This garden below was a shade garden which was anchored by a 100 year old Horse Chestnut tree. The tree was taken down in September 2012. The timing was crucial because The Blizzard that hit in October 2012 would have caused the tree to split, and hit the house.
The garden planted is still a top notch shade garden with over 100 Hostas. Many are special because of their super size or mouse ears size. A few have a light fragrant bloom or just a single white bloom like a Lily. Others, were bought because of the shape of the leafs and color combos, such as aqua blue green with a splash of lime green. The visual is rich with color and texture. We have one of the best Hosta collections around. I will probably need to transplant these shade loving plants to the other side of the property, since these plants are in full sun. Other plants that compliment the Hostas include Ginger, Cultivated Ferns, Evening Primrose, Tobacco (annual) and Astilbies.
This garden is so nice to sit in during the early morning. The sun warms this part of the property first. I like to sit with a cup of coffee and watch the birds that come to the feeders. Peaceful....
This is our street garden. We have so many plants in this garden I even forget. It gets overgrown quickly. Despite our digging, dividing and pulling this fertile ground keeps growing and growing. I recently made space for a tree Peony. It will do well in this spot but one Hosta plant can grow a mound as big as a 5 foot round kitchen table. I will have to do some dividing. We have Bleeding Hearts, Lilies, Poppies, Hens and Chicks, Pansies, Golden rod, Phlox, false snap dragon, Irises, carnations, lavender, Columbine, Black Cohosh, wild Geranium, Aster, Boxwood, Alberta Spruce and many un named plants I need to learn.
The side garden was a barren dusty area. The only thing that grew was some hard core Spiriea. The soil was enriched with buckets of rotted manure, peat moss and mulch. Now, we have Hellabores, Blue Salvia, Day Lilies, Golden Basket, Black Eyed Susan, Ornamental Boxwood, Volcano Phlox's, and thistle to name a few. This has been a learning experience of trial and error. We transformed a barren area to a
lush perennial bed. We like perennials because they can be divided and planted else where. Perennials come back yearly for several years. Its okay to add an annual here or there, but buying perennials is the way to go.