Thursday, November 21, 2013

Border for all seasons

This is part two of the post "I think I am done changing this border" with a different perspective of the main garden path borders than I shared with you here. I will be less consistent in the angles because I lacked an easy marker to stand for my shots. I guess I was distracted with what was blooming at the time.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - November 2013

Japanese garden with Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba shidare' - red foliage, evergreens ,Yucca  and Acer palmatum var. dissectum "Viridis"-  orange foliage

The fall colors had been amazing this year in Northeast Ohio, USDA Plant Hardiness zone 5b.  The temperatures had dropped bellow 32F a couple of times this month and we even had a day of snow. 

We are fighting lots of leaves that had fallen as in previous years. There were still some blooms left in November garden to my surprise. Most pictures that follow were taken between November 4 and November 11.

Foxglove or Digitalis Camelot Mix

Coneflower or Echinacea purpurea "Pow Wow Wild Berry"

Joe Pye Weed - Eupatorium purpureum

Sedum Autumn Fire

Thickseed or Coreopsis "Mercury Rising"

Rosa Knockout® "Sunny" 

Rosa Knockout® "RADrazz"

Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema "Harmony"

Tricyrtis Formosana

Hydrangea  "For Ever and Ever"

Japanese Candelabra Primroses or Primula Japonica

Geranium phaeum "Samobor" has a gorgeous foliage all summer after the bloom 

St. John's Wort Magical Sunshine or Hypericum inodorum

Folliage plants that look great all year - from left to right
Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum "Purple Dragon"), Ajuga, Sedum "Angelina", Moss Sedum, 
Dead Nettle and Epimedium grandiflorum Lilafee

Red leaf Japanese Maple or Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba shidare'
Before and After November foliage change of  color

Green leaf Japanese Maple or Acer palmatum var. dissectum "Viridis"
Before and After November foliage change of color

Vegetable garden  view - ready to rest

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at  May Dream Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is in bloom this month in gardens from many climates and countries.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A shade pathway design

This story of a shade path design all started last winter when I was critically looking at my garden pictures of every border and deciding on what projects to tackle in the spring.

The picture below shows a spot in my back border by the woods line that I always found very challenging. The native clay soil, lots of large roots of the nearby trees and a very dry area in the summers due to afternoon sun is killing everything but weeds there.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

High views of the gardens

I've been blamed over the years that I take too many pictures of plants and the gardens and less of the kids and friends. The thing is,  the garden changes so rapidly that I feel that there are never too many pictures to keep me satisfied during the cold months. This year I think that I over did it again with about 2000 pictures taken from January 2013 till November.

My  favorite new angles that I used in pictures this year are from the upstairs windows. I wish that I did it every month and see how the garden changes from that point of view. Check-out some of the high views taken early summer! It makes sense to use them when the garden has continuous flow around the property and house. It made sense to do it this year because the gardens were more mature.
Front left - May 2013