Nov 15, 2008
This detail shows parterre additions planned for this winter. The dashed lines to the right of the oval path is the new kitchen garden design for vegetables and herbs. The dashed lines inside the oval path is the flower garden.
Nov 11, 2008
We still have Gulf Fritillary butterflies even though the temperature is dipping to the high 30's at night. I fear I may have shortened the life of a few of them when I pulled up the passion vines last week. In the future, wait for frost to do this.
The toad lillies have done well in several deep shade locations and make a very intricate pruple spotted flower about 1" across. Bloom in mid October to mid November.
This Lavender Lantanna is a good color combination with the Peruvian Petunia. And the Petunia has spread here so it's a good choice for this area.
White allysum is persistent in several areas in the garden. It's difficult to determine what the winning factor is.
Babtisia from front corner was moved here. Tap root was damaged, prospects are hopefull. The red stump was a Cherry Laurel.
The akebia and spirea shrubs were pruned in the vase shape in October and the ground mulched with paper and pine straw.
The over crowded white iris from the front lawn were planted here in the verge. This area is deeply mulched from the stump grinder activity after the huge oak was removed. I've been watering it steadily and adding fertilizer, but the heavy mulch may be too well drained or too nitrogen deficient to sustain the iris. I'll add more fertilizer today before the rains come tomorrow.
These white mums are very striking here. They have to get pruned in summer to keep them compact and increase flowering, and shrubs are pruned back to provide more light, in order for the mums to bloom well.
Yellow and orange violas replaced the over crowded white iris. Dusty miller on the right may be too shaded here.
I'm dividing even more shamrock. It's best in fall and spring, easy to plant pea sized tubers go dormant in summer.
The plan includes a Black Knight buddelia in the center, purple mums, lavender lantana, flowering kale, lavender snapdragon...
Nov 1, 2008
Oct 4, 2008
Shelagh has approved plans to redesign the veggie garden. This may happen this winter and will include a new sprinkler valve specifically for the veggies, Steel edging, gravel paths, and moving the herbs to the center circle.
The Lycoris has bloomed fairly well this year, but still only about half. They don't all bloom at the same time which I must attribute to conditoins. It's very hard to make water and light conditions exactly the same even in beds just 10 feet apart.
The Clematis has made just one more bloom for the year and is a very nice color combination with the Lycoris.
Oct 1, 2008
Feb 29, 2008
Yellow, purple, and light blue Violas were a great choice in Shelagh's knot garden. Dwarf yellow Daffodils can just be seen coming up in the middle bed and go particularly well with the Dark Purple Violas (with the yellow eye).
The purple Pansies and orange Violas in the Venus head bed didn't do so well this year. Either there were not enough to start with or the Pansies just didn't thrive. Usually the Violas are more robust here, but the orange ones just didn't show. I suggest all Viola's next year.
A pale yellow variety from Scotland.
The best aspect of all is that the garden is visible from under the kitchen now that the doors are removed.
And we have access to the kitchen through these doors which were retrofitted from previous location above.