Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Early June in the woodland garden

this is the beginning of what I call the woodland area of my garden.  The old sidewalk goes half way along behind the old garage with about five foot beds on each side.  The germander is easy care and the bees love it.  behind the germander along the fence line there is a yew, some hedging cedars, a firethorn, a large herb that tastes like celery (don't recall its name).  This herb gets very tall.  The tall bearded irises are in front of it with polyanthus edging the side walk.  We can see just past the water feature which is a black tub with a gold fish and some water iris.  We see the dames rocket in purple that are just by the water tub.  There are more shrubs and trees beyond this area.  The sidewalk becomes a chip trail and curves around the garage.  Across the sidewalk we see the bed that has the winter jasmine, a lovely hydrangea, daylillies with sweet woodruff beneath.  The hydrangea has caught some deadly fungus this year.  I am in the process of removing all the weeds, bluebells where I can find them, sweet woodruff, and there is even an infestation of grass in this bed.  I dig it all over and save anything of value.  I hope I can save the hydrangea.  At the end of this bed, we see the lily of the valley shrub (piers japanica) that has red leaves at the top.  In front of this shrub there is a huge fern.  These two plants hang over the old plastic compost bin that I have not used for a few years, as I have had my Community Composting people with the closed in big green bin that they take away every 4 weeks.  Beyond the old compost bin (which is half full of old compost and still in good shape) the sidewalk ends and the chip trail begins.  By the garage there is a pin oak and a rhodo.  So what we see is only half of the woodland along the back.  There are more woodland plants along the side of the garage.  Along the back in the area we cannot see there is a tall Japanese cedar, a butterfly bush, the torch lily, fawn lillies and trilliums in the Spring and a few other small shrubs, another tall herb, more self seeding columbines, dames rocket and far too many perennial bachelor buttons.  All of this area is infested with blue bells, some bind weed, thistles and lemon balm and I will be trying to control them as the year goes on.

 A closer view of one of the tall bearded iris in the woodland.
 This torch lily is along the strip between our driveways, but is the same plant at the back, in the woodland.
 This is a view from the bit of grass under the apple tree over the stepping stones path to the rhodo that is by the deck.The path is looking quite nice this year, with corsican mint growing between the stones.  I need to keep this area weeded.  Small grass and tiny orange flowering weeds seem to like to grow here.  The mint gets little purple flowers and otherwise has a wonderful fragrance when stepped on.  The harry lauders walking stick (curly filbert bush), a small blue spruce are along this side of the path.  You can just see another rhodo peeking out at the end of the path, by the deck.  There are some primulas along the edge of the path, at the bottom, in front of the rhodos.  The moss garden starts just beyond the primulas, an azalea, a couple of hellebores, and ferns.  I let the welsh poppies self seed in the moss garden, but keep the ferns back from the moss along the dry stream and the stepping stones into the area under the deck. 
 on this closer view of the rhodo, we see the fig tree on the right.

 close up of one of the rhodos.
On Monday we were to Sydney for lunch with our travel agent, Maria, from Marlin Travel.  She had this Mickey Mouse in the front window advertising a Disney World vacation.  When I half jokingly said I wanted that mouse.. she said she would see what she could do about that.  I went home with the mouse.  She is the best travel agent.  We have been with her for years.  Monday was a terrific day.  We took the Bentley for a run to Sidney and while there, just happened to run into a 1927 4.5 liter Bentley.  There were about 28 of these cars on a tour.  But that's another story...

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