In spite of so much rain and gloomy skies this June month, my yard is sure bright, cheery and lush. And last year's drought is officially over. Let's take a little tour. I love the large blue pot above nestled in a shady nook in the long border with giant japanese painted fern, variegated jacob's ladder, hosta and persicaria surrounding it. Hundreds of tall white flowering tobacco seedlings cover the ground among these plants, gifts from last years blooms. I have neglected the fine weeding here because I don't want to disturb the seedlings until they are large enough to hang on while I pull out the unwanted invaders. I have thick patches of foxglove babies doing the same thing in other parts of the long border where I have to wait to fine weed until they can also stand on their own while I do it. I am finicky about having weed free flower beds so it's agony to let it look a bit unkempt here and here until it's worth doing to save the desirable plants and thin them out too.
This border above and below used to be sparse grass among the very tall and old oaks and maples that run along the stone wall that separates us from the golf course. We cleaned out the grass, cut an outline and mulched it heavily to create a clean line. Hosta had been planted all over the yard mostly in hot sunny areas by previous owners so I moved almost all of them over to this border that gets a half day of shade. I call this border the wild border since lily of the valley, lady bells and lilies run rampant. I also plant things over here temporarily when I have moved them from other parts of the property. Like evergreen shrubs I am not sure I want to keep.
Look at the color of this Azalea! It is growing in a yard down the street from our house. We happen to have a small one growing in the wild border and once it gets big enough, I am going to prune it to grow in to this tree shape.
So here is what is going on in the garden over at the original Yellow House. I have been over there almost daily doing yard work and painting rooms as I prepare to put the property on the market later this summer. You will see befores and afters in my next post. My son Heath and his wife Emma rent the barn apartment and they have made a pretty garden this year with their stock tanks. Also, the roses in that border below are what were once ramblers that grew thirty feet each and just grew in to each other a made an impenetrable and unprunable wall of pain over time. A couple years ago I cut them all down to the ground thinking I would dig them up but the root systems were so deep and thick that I couldn't so I left them in the ground. I discovered that cutting ramblers down each year after blooming does no harm and they just bounce back and stay a manageable shrub size with a heavy bloom.
The 14 fruit trees are loaded over there too! As are the blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. I hope I can harvest everything one more time before the place sells.
And to end this post, here is a picture of my love, my husband of five wonderful years who helps me with yard work both here at our home and at the old yellow house property as well. He hates yard work more than any other activity so I always make fun of his whining as he does it.
Stay tuned for a dining room before and after, a newly remodeled shrub border along our drive way and some freshening up in several bedrooms at the old yellow house.