Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hedging and paths

Shooting from our driveway up the grass path, at the trimmed hedge. You can see the garden hose that leads to the slow drip for the plum tree. The peony tree is about finished blooming.
This is the stone path that leads through the central part of the inner front garden. It has been relatively easy care for the past 12 years since I first installed it. It has become overgrown with clover and other weeds. I am digging it up, putting a layer of new paper down on the base, covering the newspaper with sand and setting the flat found fieldstone rocks back. The base was clay before. I will want to add some of the clay back to the top sand, and then cover this mix with pea gravel. I have been weeding a bit along the edges, as I go along redoing the path. I have finished about 1/4 of it. I have been working at it for the past 4 days. It was heavy going at first, but I am making better progress now. The largest stones sit in the middle, spaced for convenient stepping. When I made the thyme circle I put down a newspaper weed barrier... 12 years ago also. The thyme bed does not have the weed problem that the stone path has; so I hope this works for the stone path, now. I had my garden scissors out there for cutting open bags. I am so annoyed as I seem to have misplaced that scissors. I would hate to find it again by stepping on it.
The lupines are in bloom and looking nice. Last year I had a few plants of peloric foxgloves growing with the lupines. There are none this year. I suppose the heavy leaf mulch might be a deterent to the germination of the foxgloves. The lupines are next to the new little cedars along Parmar's side of the front garden.
At the corner of Parmar's property and ours right by the street, I have planted a purple plum tree. This plum produced fruit the first year, but not since. I consulted with the people at Cannor Nursery. They advised me to give it some fruit tree spikes and keep it watered. Planting a fruit tree in this high traffic area is not a very good idea as the roots might get compacted. I have put the garden hose out to the tree area and have it on a very slow drip. I have given it fruit tree fertilizer spikes. Yea! There are small plums on the tree!
This is the little honeysuckle hedge that runs along my side of the property with Parmar's strip of grass to complete the 'frame' of my garden on their side. There is a strip of grass across the front by the street to further the allusion of a frame.
This is shooting at the grass path and hedge from Parmar's side of the path. The gold spot in the hedge is what appears to be a dead boxwood plant. Mrs. P. has had a workman painting and whatnot at her home over the years. It is my suspicion that he dumped some toxic material on this plant. If it does not green up by the Fall, I will take it out and put in a new little cutting. It looks rather unusual, as is, though. I have planted some cedars next to the little hedge. They will add some screeening from their driveway. Their front is just lawn with small strips of beds around the edges with a few small trees. Their property is on the corner. So these cedars will also screen from the street.
This morning I clipped the boxwood hedges along the top of the front garden. The grass path is approximately 4 feet wide. The grass will need attention this year, as it is full of weeds and moss.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Rhodos and stepping stones

The bench and the thyme circle.
Today I spent a few hours digging out the stones from the rock path. I am putting a few layers of newprint under them with sand and putting the stone back down. Over the past 12 years this has been a relatively easy care path, but in the last couple of years the cloverr and other weeds have taken over. So, it is time to renovate the rock paths. It is going to take me a while to get this done. I made a good start today. It was hot and sunny. I clipped a bit of the boxwood hedge too. As always, it looks very good when cleaned up. Its coming along.
a close up of the rhodo nearest the patio area. The 'dames rocket' which is a lovely purple color, self sows next to this rhodo. I inadvertantly cut a stem of this bi-annual and so brought it into the house. It has a marvelous fragrance. I must get photos of this combination.
this is the stepping stones path shooting from the grass space towards the rhodos with the Harry Lauders Walking stick shrub on one side and the achillia and others on the opposite side. The hose runs to the top of the photo and to the steps that lead into the back gardens. So this is shooting from the opposite end of the stepping stones from the other shot. I have liberated a sturdy stepping stone from the front to replace the last of the decorative stones.
this photo is taken from the steps leading up to the back garden. This is the new stepping stones going past the rhodos on one side and the fig and fennel on the other side. The garden hose is going to be a permanent fixture this summer. It empties into the pond and I use it to water the veggie garden, the moss, and all around the back area. To water the woodland would take a major realignment of the hose.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Japanese Garden

This is looking back towards the grass from beside the pond. You see the Lebanon cedar and the little clipped boxwood.
This old stump is what I am calling the reason for the curve in the stream. Also I have put down some strips of old wood to make it appear as a fallen tree, with parts of the tree falling across the stream. This idea is not working very well, and I might just remove the ones over the stream. I will probably add more big rocks in the pea gravel, too.
We follow the dry stream around the curve and on under the deck. At the right top of the picture you see the area that I want to get some good lush moss growing. I have transplanted the golden club moss here and the wood anemone. I will probably remove that fern as it gets too big for the size of the stream.
this shows the stone path that goes off to the left on cement blocks around the pond. We see the lily of the valley shrub, the little Japanese maple, the lantern, the mountain laurel and the extended little dry stream to its first curve. You can see the moss beneath the mountain laurel as well as under the maple. These are both spots where I have mounded up the soil. Perhaps if I am going to get moss to grow I should enrich the soil a bit.

I have finished weeding in the Japanese garden area, around the pond and under the rhodos. I have finished making the little dry stream that now goes along the edge of the deck and disappears under the ferns. I moved part of the big blue hosta, removed quite a lot of ferns to reveal some very nice moss under the steps. The moss garden will need attention to watering and to keeping it weed free.

Next I will be cleaning up the front. Under the deck will be next year's project, I think. It is almost June, and I have the front garden, the woodland and half of the driveway strips to clean up yet!

Mossy Waterfall

This is a close up of the moss on the waterfall. This moss is slowly spreading as I want it to. I should slow the water flow down a bit, perhaps. It has a nice sound as it trickles into the pond, now.
This is my fish called Elvis. He lives in the half barrel in the front garden. I am always surprised to see that he has survived. So.... oh yeah, Elvis lives!
This is my newest teddy bear. I found 'Willow" in the drugstore. This bear is sooo soft and cuddly, I had to bring it home with me.
Yesterday I managed to get the last of the pictures hung... not all where they were before, but they are up and off the bed. Now I am ready for our expected guests and the unexpected ones too.
After doing laundry and a few other house chores, yesterday, I was out to mow the lawn. I don't have much to mow and I really like my little rechargeable mower. The crocus leaves were turning brown, so I decided it was time to mow that area. The daisies have escaped the flower bed and so had to be mowed also. They have ended up as the boquet of the week. They look not too bad with a bit of fern. All of this was throw away material, so it was worth the 20 minutes it took to make the arrangement.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Transplanting annuals

I potted up this blue container with lobelia and a sweet smelling heliotrope in the top. You can see the strawberry jar that sits at the end of the lewisia rockery. I have marigolds and a vine with yellow flowers in it. I have added allysum to the 2 black pots on the veggie garden path. I have put 2 more heliotrope by the primula bed. More of the lobelia is in a pink pot. The petunias are in the square cedar pot on the deck and in a clay pot in the front garden.

When planting the ones in the front I found that the soil was very dry. So, this meant that I spent quite a bit of time watering around the front. I weeded a bit, too. The little pink penstome is in bloom. I have been nursing this little plant along for ages, and finally, it is beginning to look good. Must be the compost it has been getting. The lupines are just in buds now.

After getting the annuals transplanted I began weeding more violets out from under the deck. I added the club moss I purchased and the anomone slyvestria (wood anemone) to near the edge of the extended dry stream. From there I proceeded to extend the dry stream more, along towards the steps. It now meets the river of stones that I had put there before to catch the water run off from the edge of the deck. These stones are lined with lovely moss beside them. I will be filling the slight depression I made for the extended dry stream with more pea gravel and also covering the little stones with pea gravel so that the dry stream extends into the ferns and disappears. I cleaned up the moss and left only a few choice plants growing in it. There are some lovely welsh poppies self seeding under there. No pictures yet.
The clematis on the corner of the deck is beginning to bloom. I let it twine around the tub garden.
zoomed closer to the wisteria flowers.
My wisteeria blooms about 20 - 25 feet above in the cedars. Its a good thing it blooms there because I had to cut the rest of it down when the neighbours decided they needed a new fence. It seems my wisteria was in the way. Well, I am now attempting to grow it into a standard tree with branches only on my side. It really would look good on that cow pen they call a fence.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

sunset silhouettes

In trying to clean up my files a bit, I found this one from about a year ago. There are some things that I just cannot throw away. In fact, I could not find very much today to throw away.

On Saturday I was to Cannor nursery and bought 16 new perennials, a few annuals, 3 tomatoes, more sand and a bit more topsoil. They will probably deliver tomorrow. So, on Saturday, I got nothing done in the garden. Yesterday, I spent a few hours cleaning out more violets and weeds in the Japanese garden area. I finished cleaning up to the edge of the deck, today. I have extended the little dry stream to run back to the big old stump at the deck edge, then it curves and goes over towards the deck post. In front of this area I am going to grow moss. Nothing else will be allowed to grown here except the moss. I have transplanted a few tufts of really good moss from under the steps but will do more to get a good start on the moss garden. I have one more side of the pond to weed and clean; and the rhodos area by the deck steps to clean. I will pull most of the ferns out of the moss that is growing so nicely under the deck steps and make it an extension to the moss out in front of the deck area. This should only take a few hours, and then I will be finished that area for now. I must keep the area moist. If I run too much water into the pond to top it up, the overflow point is conveniently right at this little dry stream area and the water runs down into the moss garden. Pictures tomorrow, maybe.

I must keep the veggie garden moist now, too, until the seeds germinate. The spinach is up and now the radishes are too. So, there is something happening, at least.

The next thing I must do, is to clip the hedges, then get the thyme circle and the other beds at the front cleaned up. I will be taking up the stepping stones of the paths and digging out all the little weeds and clover, then resetting the stones on a bed of newspapers covered with sand. I will wet the newspaper as I go along, so I can get the stones set more or less level. I don't want to use any of that garden cloth... not sure why... just being perverse, I guess.

Some of the Front Garden flowers in May

This is a perennial bachelors button flowers. They are rather floppy plants but I like the show of blue with the last of the pink tulips. They are easy care plants.
The peony tree by the front entry is in full bloom at the moment. It is a light pink with huge blossoms and is about 4 feet high. This particular bloom has faded to white and is almost finished.
The thyme in its circle in in bloom. You can see the gold of the "Vancouver Jade" - a tiny well behaved low growing broom plant that is indigenous to our area. You can see that I have not finished cleaning up the thyme circle yet this spring.
This is the view across the corner of the thyme circle, past the alliums and columbines to the tiny sundial circle. This bed has been difficult to get things started growing in and still needs more nourishment.
This is shooting through the red/purple smoke bush leaves to its under planting of silver sedum. It is in the same bed as the alliums. It is in the inner garden at the front. This bed needs some renovation and removal of plants that are no longer decorative, but look rather messy. I think the smoke bush, the silver sedum, the alliums, and the armerias might make this bed much more attractive.
My best penstemone. Evergreen and every year at this time it is covered with these lovely purple flowers. It has spread into a patch with a diameter of roughly 3 feet. It falls over the tiny rock wall. I planted it a bit above the basic clay soil when I made this flower bed in 1997. So, it has been a good carefree plant for over 10 years. A mountain avens is beside it in the bed and is also evergreen and an excellent spreading little plant. This one has finished its blooming and has fluffy seed heads which are part of its beauty and stay on into the summer. Both of these plants have spread onto the little flat field rock area. The seem to like this hard clay area. I have been removing some of the flat stones from under them for use in other parts of the garden. I must give them some compost, too. They are excellent plants.
The alliums are putting on their show. The blue green penstemone behind them needs to be moved or taken out. I want the silver sedum to spread under all these plants to make a flat silver carpet in this bed. The alliums go to seed and there are many tiny plants sprouting.
These photos are not taken in the optimium lighting conditions. I should have wated about half hour more to get the light, just as the sun went down.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Japanese Garden Area

This flower is actually only about 3/4 of an inch across. It is a little bog gentian that I keep in a pot on the deck. The pot sits tightly in another pot to hold the water in. It sits beside the tub water feature on the deck.
This is two kinds of saxifragia. I think the big leaf is another saxifragia, but when I bought it, it had no tag. They are all evergreeen. They are all growing and spreading nicely this year.
Over the last few days I have been weeding in the Japanese Garden area. I cleaned up the primula bed and added more compost to it. Then I began weeding along the front of the deck towards the little Japanese garden area. I have been pulling out violets and dandilions. The Canadensis Sanguinaria plot is expanding. The leaves are gorgeous. Mine is a double pure white blooms. I fed it some compost also. Then cleaned up the rhodo that hangs over this plant with long branches. Next to the rhodo behind the primulas is a big patch of hellebores and a very floriferous little white azalea. On the other side of the rhodo I have a minature blue spruce. This little shrub is very well behaved and always looks good. Next to the spruce is a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick. This shrub is not growing fast either so still fits in its alotted space. Next to this one, I have some small bamboo in a big paint bucket buried in the ground. This bamboo has not escaped to travel around. It is only about 3 feet high and looks a bit ratty right now. Maybe it is time to replace it. Behind and towards the pond I have a tri-colored lily of the valley shrub. Its rather lovely. I prune it judiciously to keep it in its space. Next to this shrub going back towards the deck I have a little red split leaved Japanese maple. The treasure of this garden area. Next to it is a mountain laurel that is also well behaved. Then still going towards the deck I have a bit of open area where I spent quite a lot of time removing violets carefully so as not to disturb any moss that was growing here. I want this area to be mossy. The mountain laurel is planted on a bit of a hill to try to keep its roots a bit drier. This little mound is covered with the most luscious moss. Beside the little red maple there is a rock that has some good moss on it also. Continuing along the deck front across from the mountain laurel is a dry stream made with pea gravel. The little dry stream has the Japanese lantern sitting in it. Across the dry stream is a little cedar and a baby boxwood. I keep these two clipped so that they do not touch each other. Next to the boxwood is the cement blocks for the path around the pond, another rhodo, more primulas, delphiniums, and a clematis at the corner of the deck before the cedar hedging between our properties. Across the stone path from the lily of the vally shrub is the big yellow plum tree. This trees branches form a canopy of the pond and Japanese area tying them together as one garden room.
I have more violets and weeds to cleam up at the end of the dry stream in front of the deck, then I can finish putting down the new pea gravel along the path and the dry stream. It is coming along. The saxifragia along the pond edge is slowing growing over the rocks. I need more of the little campanula that is growning further along the edge of the pond. At the corner of the pond between the pond and the cement walk and across the walk from the little boxwood, I have a minature lebanon cedar. I am pruning it to stretch out over the pond, but keep it pruned to its alotted space also. Its amazing how well these plants do when pruned regularly. I must get the rhodos some food, and more compost for the edging plants. I am going to try to keep the area moist so that the moss grows, and I must keep it weeded. Letting the violets get out of hand just causes way too much work.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Veggie Patch and stuff

Another look at the vegetable patch and little rockery. I will get a few tomatoes to put in and then hope all the seeds grow. Will keep it watered and mulched.
This is the showy lewisia in full bloom. You can see a few of the smaller lewisias. The blue is the self seeding columbine. I have put down a layer of pea gravel to finish this little rockery. I might need more as most of these plants do not like to water logged.
The lilac is in bloom. I have some in the house and they smell heavenly. I liked this photo for the whimsical view of Mrs. P.'s garden trowel against her shed wall. My lilac is just at the edge between our vegtable gardens. Not a great idea to have trees by the vegetable garden, but I have them all around my veggie patch, except the little rockery side.
My seahorse sits among the ferns next to the steps that go up to the deck. Its a handy place to keep my trowel and few small garden tools.
The tulips along by the garage. The dutch irises are starting to bloom. The Gentian with its big blue trumpet blooms is finishing up. I really should do a macro of that flower this year, even though I have lots of them. You can see the buds of the Oriental Poppies. The bright gold at the top is a pleasant surprise. This must be the sun shining through behind the garage along the old cement path that curves around behind the garage.

Yesterday our new sofa bed arrived and so I spent some of the day rearranging the library room. I did a bit more today and got a couple more pictures hung. I made a rhubarb and strawberry pie yesterday and it turned out pretty good. I had it in my biggest pie plate but it still boiled over into the oven, so I did an oven cleaning. It really was time I cleaned the oven, anyway. It, too, is so much nicer when cleaned up.

We have had a couple of perfect gardening days and I have been stuck in the house most of the time doing laundry, meals, cleaning, etc. Well, tomorrow I should be able to get out and make some more progress on picking the violets out of the Japanese garden moss and dry stream.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weeding and planting

This rock is for you, Jaromey. Its a lava rock from the roadside near Clearwater. :-))
This rock is in the inner garden at the front and is surrounded by a globalaria (a very good plant), some thyme, and you can see the leaves from the fern leafed peony. Sorry to say, I forget the name of the bright blue one. The other rocks are flat and part of the rock path.

Today was another perfect day. Bit of clouds and warm. I finally got outside at about 2:30. The slight breeze kept me hatless, but the sun was not too strong. I pulled back mulch in the veggie garden and planted a few little rows - lettuce, radishes, yellow beans, swiss chard, cosmos, marigolds. I covered the seeds with a very light sprinkling of top soil. I put grass clippings between the rows. I have a couple of feet of space to plant tomatoes when I get them. I replanted the dill, as it did not seem to be germinating. I think the spinach is germinated, and the sunflowers.

I transplanted the daphne and the cyclamen into the new little rockery and added more pea gravel mulch over it all. Weeded it, although I have been keeping it really clean.

I did some weeding in the bed by the garage and next to the sidewalk. These beds are not too bad for weeds either. The newest area is pretty clean. The rhodos and ferms need a little more attention, but I will do them when I get to the space under the deck. This is dense shade but gets water when it rains and water drips down through the deck boards. I want to make a shady sitting area under here, eventually. I will need more cement pavers.

I have started to clean up the Japanese garden area. The little stone path and the beds have violets growing in every possible crack. The soil is moist right now, so it is easier to pull them out. It looks so much better when cleaned up.

I was out for about 3 hours today and got quite a bit done. My back is complaining though... just new muscles being exercised, I guess. We don't have much on this week so I hope I can be out in the garden without worrying too much about fingernails and hair! I think I got a bit of sun today, but can't really see it yet. I didn't get out and take photos. Maybe when I have things a bit more cleaned up.

There are so many of the plants in bloom now. This is the best time for my little rockeries. I am happy to see the lewisias expanding. The bulb oxalis are in bloom and looking good.

Friday, May 15, 2009

one of the columbines I have added to the garden. I love these flowers and so let them self seed and pop up all around my garden.
The stone path goes past the 'david' garden ornament and past the little stone wall (1 foot tall of flat stones, no mortar). The water tub sits at the edge of this wall. You continue past this water feature and around the corner to a little circle 3.5 ft diameter) containing a few rock plants and a sun dial. This little circle is hidden by the smoke bush on one side of the path, the california lilac on one side, the cedar hedge on the other side. The path leads around the small circle and opens onto the thyme circle. (7 foot diameter). The garden bench sits at the bottom of the inner garden within the enclosure of the cedar hedge and looking out on the thyme circle. I need to finish edging around the thyme circle to make it perfectly round again. The thyme is starting to bloom. I liberated 3 cement stones that lead across the circle to the bench to use in the back garden. They were mostly over grown with thyme. I replenished the stone spots with sand and compost and expect the thyme will have grown over them by summers end.
This stone path leads off the grass path and you enter the inner garden. The boxwood hedge is at the top of this inner garden and at the bottom there is cedar hedging. Within in this inner garden I have a water feature, a garden bench, a few decorative cement planters, some little rock plants and other special plants that I will show in the next posting. As you can see, this stone path needs to be cleaned up. I will put round up on it, this year. I don't think I will have time to redo the path with weed barrier and a good sand base with pea gravel in between the stones. It looks much better when it is cleaned up and the beds weeded.
As you come around the house from the back you cross the wide driveway of exposed aggregate and enter the front garden on this grass path, or go up the 2 steps to the front entry of the house. This grass path is about 4 feet wide and winds past the tiny rose bed. It is lined with boxwood hedge that now needs clipping. This grass path goes across the top of the garden and over to the neighbours driveway. They have a strip of grass along their driveway, so that it appears that this grass path continues around the inner garden. I have more evergreen honeysuckle hedge along the side of their grass strip. The honeysuckle pilea is rather like the boxwood, but has smaller leaves and a slightly more open appearance than the boxwood. I have planted some cedars for taller hedging within this little hedge. When they grow, we will have more screening from their driveway and from the whole street on that side. If you turn to the left instead of going along the neighbours grass path, you would go along their sidewalk. There is about 5 feet of their sidewalk and 5 feet of my plants between our houses.

I mowed the bit of grass today. I really like my little rechargable mower. No stinking gas, no cords to drag around. Its light and easy to handle. I did not mow the grass where the crocuses are along the front grass strip. The crocuses need to go brown and dormant before I mow them off.

I took the axe and chopped the runners of the black bamboo out of the rectangular flower bed. The hollyhocks and peonies are just coming up in that bed, with a few other perennials. This grass strip along by the front of the street contains the crocus field. I have some perennials, a current bush, the plum tree, the spirea, and a small woody shrub like perennial along a 5 foot strip right across the front garden, next to the crocus field grass. Next to the perennial strip there is small hedging. The form of the cedar hedge makes two rectangular beds on each side of this front garden. In between these two rectangles is the block where the bench sits, protected from the street view by the cedar hedge. The perennial strip has daisies coming into bloom at the moment. I will need to do some renovation in this bed, as I seem to have clover and lemon balm taking over.

The garden hose you see in some of the photos leads across the inner garden to the far side rectangular bed. This year I put fertilizer spikes around the plum tree and will be watering with this hose set to drip. I really want to see this tree produce. I have planted it in the worst possible place ... near the street and the neighbours driveway. Hopefully the fertilizer and better water supply will help it produce fruit. It had lots of blooms. The yellow plum tree at the back is forming tiny green plums. We will have the usual abundant crop from it. I have used up the last of the plum sauce, so will be looking forward to the plums this Fall.

I weeded a bit in the woodland garden. This area is getting a surprisingly good tilth, considering it has been the most neglected area. The weeds pulled out quite easily, after the rain we have had. The blue bells are not all blue... there are pink and white ones, so I have not gone after them to dig them out or mulch them over. I will try to keep the trilliums area clear of them, but otherwise, I think they can spread in the woodland area.

A few days ago I saw a yellowish bird in the back garden. On looking it up on birding sites, I think it was the female of the yellow warbler. I was hoping for a gold finch. So, since finches and I think this warbler like thistle seeds, I left a couple of thistles in the back corner of the woodland. But I really must get rid of the morning glory back in that corner.

There have been dandilions going to seed everywhere. I was not out for a few days because of the rainy weather and the car show... and now I see the dandilions have got right out of hand again.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My garden tour - Patio and Driveway areas

The spring bulbs along the driveway. At the top right corner you can just see a bit of the geraniums. The van is just to the left of this view. When the bulbs are finished there will be an oriental poppy, some creeping phlox, some arabis, but not much for the summer show. There are morning glories in the hedge that need to be constantly killed. I treat them to some round up painted on the leaves, but this never seems to be very effective. I will have to be more diligent, I suppose.
I have a tall cedar hedge that runs from almost the back fence line along between our driveways and up to where the front line of our house. This is excellent privacy. In front of the hedge are some perennial geraniums at the back garage end. These plants are carefree, evergreen ground cover. Tough and reliable. They are just now coming into bud. The van is in front of them so they are seldom seen. At the other end of the hedge there is an opening between the hedge and the moutain ash tree. This is a borrowed vista showing our neighbours' cherry tree in bloom.
This is a very nice statuesque grass like plant. It is going to show up better in the edge of this garden when I have taken out the artemesia. I might replace the artemesia with more of the sedum. Behind this plant and the sedum there are 3 Rose of Sharon shrubs. They look okay when in bloom but otherwise are not that great. They leaf out late, and the fall color is non existant. As you can see in the bottom of this photo, I need to clean up the daffodils that have finished blooming. You can see some of the arabis in this photo. The arabis is doing great in the bottom part of this 5 foot wide strip. I have added some aubretia to the mix and will be adding more this summer for a nice show next spring. Both the arabis and aubretia are evergreen with white blooms and purple blooms respectively. They make a nice ground cover over the dying bulbs. In this area I need to remove a torch lily that is old and ragged. I also need to weed out dandilions, other weeds, blackberries and be sure the rose we took out a year ago stops putting up shoots.
This is a very well behaved sedum. As you can see, it needs to be dead headed. I am about half way finished in cleaning up this part of the garden. I have added 3 bags of the compost to the tulips and other plants along in front of the cedar hedge.
At the street end of the driveway we have a Virginia creeper going up a utility pole. This plant makes a lovely dark green mass in summer and turns to glorious autumn colors. Right now, before it leafs out, you see its winter underwear. This is a silvery ivy growing up through the creeper and slowly spreading up the post for winter color. At the foot of the creeper post we have St.John's wort. This is another very invasive plant but if kept in check and planted in the right place it does real yeoman duty. Its good here contained within our driveways and the street. I have to clip it back every few years. I only got it partially done last fall. The St. John's wort is expanding towards the other plantings along this strip between our driveways. In the bottom left corner we can see the New Zealand flax plant which has not survived our cold winter or the snow it had dumped on it. I will also take out the artemesia that has been crushed by snow load.
These tulips sit below the bird feeder by the garage door and downspout from the eaves.
To continue the garden tour from the woodland area we come past the van and big green compost bin. This bin is emptied once a month and I receive a 20 litre bag of compost from the service I have hired noted in the side bar of my blog. This is the patio area between the house and the back garage. You see the grape vine just coming into leaf. The bird feeder is empty because the starlings have been at it. It took them no time at all to gobble it all up. You get a glimpse of the tulips beyond the garage. To the right in this photo you enter the back garden or go up the steps to the deck.