Sunday, May 19, 2013

Area Where the Tree used to be

After such a cold spring, it is now warmer than usual.  I am thankful for the rain we've had, and are continuing to have.  Some have had some pretty bad storms, though, and I'm sorry for the loss of those who've experienced tornadoes.

The plants seem to have had a growth spurt the last few days.  I am continuing to have fun seeing daily changes in the gardens.  I am pleased to do an update on the west front yard.

The pussytoes are blooming this year.  I'm pretty sure they didn't last year.  The phlox divaicata did not get eaten by the bunnies this year, and are blooming nicely next to the pussytoes.  The large leaf belongs to the cup plant, which is quite a bit larger than it was last year.


Here's the view from the front porch.  I took quite a few plants out of the area with the bicycle so I can put some of the same native plants that are on the other side of the sidewalk.  I want the two beds to become more like one, with the sidewalk as a path.


We'll head wast.  The area where the white basket is, is where I planted the Illinois bundleflower that has not come up so far, but some other seedlings have.  I haven't figured out what they are yet.


Scott thinks this may be a rudbeckia or echinacea of some kind, but whatever it is, there is a nice row of them, like someone planted them there.


The next two photos were taken closer to the fence.  Do you know what they are?



We'll continue west.


We're still facing west, but heading back closer to the house.


The raised planter is filling in nicely.


These Peonies and the Lily of the valley right next to the raised planter were planted by my mother-in-law when she was alive and lived here.  Larry and I were just talking about what we think his parents would say about the yard.  We decided his mom would like it, but think it a little busy, and his dad would not care one way or the other.


I have someone who wants the lamium that I need to dig out so the strawberries under the bench can spread some more.

I hope your spring is going well.  I'm glad the severe weather watches and warnings are over for our area.

13 comments:

  1. Hi Sue, we haven't visited each other for a while. Your garden is filling up fast, and in a while they will be blooming. It's so different in the tropics as we don't change our plants often as you do, ours stay there always if we will not change them, normally we just prune or cut back. It is difficult to dig and throw plants that are alive!

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  2. It's all filling in quite nicely. I love "mystery" plants when they finally reveal themselves.
    Have a lovely spring

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  3. Wow Sue...your garden has changed so much!! There is so much green and it looks just wonderful!! Haven't seen doggie in a while...how is she doing?

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  4. Sue I agree wholeheartedly that combining your two beds into one is the right move. It is what I have done at my Ontario cottage garden with the driveway because I wanted it to very much feel like the people are cutting through the garden, which makes the garden feel at the centre of everything.

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  5. I always love looking at your garden, Sue. You've got so many neat things as well as plants. I hope it doesn't get too warm. Have fun.

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  7. Looking good! I've been meanint to grow pussytoes, it is a host plant to butterflies.

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  8. I love your idea of creating one continuing planting, that just happens to be bisected by a path...great idea!

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  9. Sue, things are looking very good at your place.

    I think one of the unknown seedlings, the one with the reddish base and stem is poke. It sure looks like mine. The others need to grow a bit before I get any ideas.

    Your beds are so nice and clean, I won't show any of mine closeup!

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  11. I like the idea of the sidewalk being a path through a cohesive bed.
    Funny what Larry's parents would say.

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  12. I like the way you use all the washbasins for planters! So glad the tornadoes didn't cross our paths. Hopefully, there won't be many more big ones this summer. It's always a scary time of year. My Peonies are about to bloom, too. I can't wait!

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  13. I have lamium trying to take over my front beds, and even though they are pretty easy to tear up, I'm getting a little tired of doing so! I'm thinking about removing it completely. We'll see. It sure would change the look of that bed!

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