Bzzzz April 15th, 2012

Each sea­son around my gar­den seems to be dom­i­nated by a par­tic­u­lar color or two. Fall is golden yel­lows and reds. Win­ter is shades of brown and grey, occa­sion­ally punc­tu­ated by the white of snow.

Once spring starts to emerge, yel­low pre­dom­i­nates, with daf­fodils spot­ting the lawn and the edges of the dri­ve­way. Later in the spring the pur­ples emerge, with cro­cuses, irises, wis­te­ria and bap­tisia bloom­ing. Sum­mer gives way to oranges and reds.

But, as with nearly all gar­dens, most of the year the back­drop color is green. Thank good­ness green is such an inter­est­ing color, unlike, say, brown. Brown is, well, brown.

We are blessed to have woods sur­round­ing the sunny, cleared area where our house and potager are sit­u­ated. Although I didn’t ini­tially know how to deal with the shade from the trees, over the past few years as I have learned more about shade plants, I have become more enam­ored with the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the shade garden.

The area near the chicken coop is now one of my favorites. (You may be able to tell, given how often I pho­to­graph this par­tic­u­lar spot.) It started out as weeds. Then when we had a big dog, it was referred to as the Poop Gar­den. (Charm­ing, no?) Later, it was just the chicken yard. Now, it is the Green Gar­den or, some­times, the Hosta Garden.

In this area I have been col­lect­ing dozens of hosta vari­eties. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less! Blue Angel and Big Daddy hostas. Small Mouse Ears and Stiletto hostas. Lush Sum and Sub­stance and Gua­camole hostas. Some­day when the Empress Wu hostas are four feet tall, they will be a focal point.

Tiarella, bleed­ing hearts, ferns and lami­ums pro­vide some vari­ety. Flow­er­ing quince and deuzia are back­drop shrubs. I am train­ing an edge­wor­thia into a stan­dard. And although the paint on our kiwi green bench is now begin­ning to flake, I think I’ll wait another year to decide how to deal with the paint.

One year some golden-colored creep­ing Jenny escaped from a win­dow box and made itself at home near the back deck. Being a fairly laissez-faire gar­dener, I let it be—and even encour­aged its creepy habits by spread­ing it around. I rather like the look of it encroach­ing into the lawn. In fact, two years ago I was hor­ri­fied when, in a frenzy of weed­ing zeal, my hus­band tried to elim­i­nate it! (But that’s not so easy, my friend. So be care­ful about Jenny before allow­ing her to roam.)

Yes, it’s green sea­son most of the year around here–my favorite sea­son of all.

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Bzzzz March 28th, 2012

Sum­mer Snowflakes (leu­co­jum aestivum)


Kingston Car­di­nal’ hellebores


Yoshino Cherry and Sophie

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