Showing posts with label East Front Yard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label East Front Yard. Show all posts

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday Morning from the Front Porch

I am pleased that it is spring!  I'm loving all of the new growth, blooms, and the insects that visit them.  I stood on the porch Saturday morning, and took some photos.  Later n the day, I took some more, especially with the zoom, and mixed them in.

I've been doing a lot of editing in different areas of the yard, especially in the east front area.  I have removed a number of daylilies and other plants, and put in some of the same native plants as on the west side, across the front sidewalk.  Since native plants grow slowly the first several years, it will take awhile for them to reach the size as the ones across the way.

I cut back a number of plants, such as the Joe pye weed, so they would be bushier, and not flop over as much.  Next to that are a Mountain mint that I don't remember planting, Wild quinine, which I hope will bloom this year, ornamental onions, and Pussytoes all along the sidewalk.

There are two Golden alexanders in this bed, and the other one is smaller, and not yet blooming.  This one blooming is smaller than the ones across the sidewalk, but I'm pleased to see the blooms.

 I've mentioned that in each flower bed, there is at least one plant that is also in another area or more.  Amsonias are one of them, and this is hubrichtii.

I had to get a new camera last fall.  It has a pretty good zoom.  I have given away some of the irises, but am glad I still have some.  (The sedges are in the area next to the curb.)

The orange poppies will be blooming soon.  They didn't bloom for the first year or two, and so I decided to pull them out, but they did not stay pulled.  They are not my favorite plant.  The foliage looks bad after they bloom.

The Narrow leaf coneflowers bloom a little earlier than the other kinds.  The purple and white one is in the east bed.  The yellow ones are in the curb area.

Heading over to the west area, I decided that since the Heuchera richardonii are looking so good, I didn't want to divide them, so I got some at the Nebraska Statewide Arobretum plant sale.  (They also have a mail order site.)  The ones I got are small and spindly, but in a few years, they will be full like these, with the year round good looking foliage.

I look forward to the Golden alexanders across the sidewalk reaching full size like these.  Can you see the false baptisia blooming in the background on the left?

Here's a closer view of it.  I like my zoom!

I like the foliage of the Boltonia, (I think that's what that is, if not, it's Riddell's goldenrod) next to the Rigid goldenrod, which seems to have seeded around the yard a bit.

I sure am enjoying the Shell leaf penstemons.  I got some more at the arboretum Friday.

The Phlox pilosa, 'eco happy traveler' is doing quite well this year.  I have some wire around the base to protect it from the rabbits.  That's a close up of Golden alexanders on the left.

Here's another Penstemon and an Amsonia, this one, either illustris or tabernaemontana.  The Wild senna to the right of the grass, which is either Prairie dropseed or Little bluestem, was one of the last plants to come up, but now that it's up, it is growing quickly.  The other day, I noticed a lot of seedlings that I'm pretty sure are these.  That's exciting, because I've had two of these for 3 or 4 years, and this is the first time I've seen seedlings!

The rudbeckia maxima shoud be sending up the tall bloom stalks soon.  I don't remember what kind of penstemon this is, but it sure is full of blooms.  Just to the right of the penstemon is a clump of Purple milkweed,  I'm pretty sure there are some coming up in the curb area.  I hope so!

This is one of my favorite parts of the yard.  Can you see the strawberry plants under the bench?  We've had a few ripen so far.

Only two of three of my mother-in-law's peonies have been blooming the last few years.  I wonder why the one hasn't been.  I am working to get the area in front of the house filled in.  Larry has been talking abut putting an awning in that area to prevent the rain from getting into the basement in the corner of this bed, so I'm not sure what will grow there, then.

I wish the bloom time for peonies was a little longer.

Donna, my mother-in-law, who planted these peonies died from cancer, mutiple myaloma, in 1992.  Denzel, my father-in-law also died from that as well as melanoma in 1997.  We bought the house from the estate.  I do not get graves visited on Memorial Day, but do think about relatives and friends who have passed away.  Have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blog's Fifth Anniversary

The other day, I was remembering that I started blogging in an October, and when I checked, saw that it was October 1, 2008.  I've been blogging for 5 years!  I've slowed down quite a bit, now that I'm spending so much time on Facebook, but at this point, have no plans to give it up.  I do hope to budget my time better so I can visit more blogs than I have been.

I went back and found some photos from August to October of 2008, and then took some from similar views today.  I didn't get them close enough to put them next to each other as before and after photos, though. 

This may have been the second season for the newest planting area at the time.  I had originally wanted it for annuals, and there were still plenty of them here at this point.

The silver maple tree was still on the west side of the front yard in 2008.  I'm thinking this part of the curb was just dug up to plant in 2007.

A number of the plants in this area are still there, but not all of them.  This bed was put in the year after the one across the sidewalk, which is pictured in the next two photos.

The New England asters, Winter savory, and Knautia are still in the area.

I've mentioned this bed was dug when the neighbors across the street had to have their water main replaced.  Larry and I had different ideas on the size of it, and he kind of won at the time.  I had wanted to go ahead and take it all the way across, or at least bigger than this.

I've mentioned that whenever I saw a butterfly on a plant tag, I would purchase those plants.  I don't remember where I first got the Verbena bonariensis plants, but they seed themselves each year, and I haven't had to plant any more of them.  Here's a Painted lady butterfly from 2008.

I've enjoyed having Monarchs around each year, too.

I was thinking I had grown Blue mist flower before, and I'm pretty sure that's what this is.  I don't remember whether I pulled it out or if it died out on its own.  A few weeks ago, I planted a clump of it in an area where there are some grasses and other plants that could keep its spread in check.  It's struggling a little, but hopefully, it will be OK.

Most of these plants are still in the area to the east of the house.  I did take out the Lamb's ears.

I included this photo, looking the other direction to show the Amsonia hubrichtii, one of my favorite native plants.  While I was looking for the butterflies on the tags, I was also choosing plants when the tag said they were native to our area.  I liked the idea of those before learning more of the benefits of growing them to the environment.

 Speaking of native plants, here is a Rigid, or Stiff goldenrod in the back yard.  It is still there and doing well.  I'm thinking I must have discovered the plant sales at the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum by 2008.  I either got this there, or at B&B Nursery, which I'm sad to hear is up for sale.

I'm still enjoying the Short toothed mountain mint.

The Virginia mountain mint spread farther than I was comfortable with, so I moved it to another spot, then found out that it calms down after the first several years.  That's OK, because it didn't stay dug, and came back a little farther back from here, where I don't mind it.

These are the photos I took today.  There have been lots of changes to these areas.

We had about 1.5 inches of rain last night, so I didn't try to garden today, like I was really hoping to.  It was good to be able to take some photos.

I took out the daylilies that were in the curb area this spring, and planted some sedges, Purple poppy mallow, Liatris, which stayed small all summer, and added another Butterfly milkweed.  The volunteer salvias of some kind came back, too.  I also kept the perennial geraniums that were there.

I added some Sideoats gamma and other grasses to the area.  I don't remember whether I planted the red salvia, or if it's a volunteer.

Herbs like Winter savory and Lavender grow near native and non native plants, including Common milkweed and Ironweed in this area.

I'm thankful Larry gave in and let me take the planting area across the curb.  I've posted about the tree coming down, and how again, I was able to expand the planting areas.  I took a number of daylilies out of the curb area, and when the ones left bloomed this year, I picked some more to take out to make more room for natives.  I've mentioned, though, that while I feel it is essential for the survival of beneficial insects for us to grow the native plants that provide nectar and food for the caterpillars, I do not have plans to replace every single non-native plant.  I'm sad that it is the cause of some strife between gardeners. 

 While I was taking photos at the curb, I noticed a Monarch on the Riddell's goldenrod.  It's not native to Southeast Nebraska, but when I went to look again to see where it is native, the USDA Plant Database was down because of the government shut down.

Here are some views from the porch of the area where the tree used to be.

I know I've posted these recently, but I sure am enjoying the area, and am tickled at all of the butterflies, bees, and such that visit.

The three peonies in the area were planted by my mother-in-law when she lived here.  I am probably going to take the Painter's palette out because the strawberries under the bench are spreading into the area.

I don't show this view often.  The area on the right is what's in front of the fence that borders the area where the tree used to be.  There is more dirt showing than I like.  Hopefully, the plants will fill out more next year.

We're back to the east side of the front yard.  I planted a number of grasses and some native plants that are also in the area across the sidewalk so it will be more like one big bed with the sidewalk to the front porch as a path. 

One of the most frequent ways people find my blog is by doing a search about whether they should trim or deadhead their butterfly bushes.  Now that they are finding that butterfly bushes are causing problems when their seeds get into the water systems and grow down the way, choking out native plants that are needed by whatever wildlife is that way, I have been trying to decide whether to keep it or not.  It has never seeded itself here.  I do deadhead it, but can't imagine I get every seed.  It is actually growing larger and larger every summer, so I had already been thinking about taking it out.  I am undecided, but Larry isn't ready to see it go.  The butterflies do like it.

Here are the latest clippings I cut off yesterday.

Like I said, the east side of the house looks a lot like it did 5 years ago.  I hadn't realized how many asters had seeded themselves, but am glad they are adding their purple to all of the yellow.  The big yellow blooms are 'Wichita Mountains' goldenrod, which the insects are enjoying about as much as the asters.  It's been fun seeing lots of the butterflies and bees on the blooms.

I didn't show photos of the back yard or the vegetable garden this time.  That's the back yard behind the fence.

The vegetable garden is across the driveway, behind the tubs and lattice.

I am thankful for all of the nice people I have met through garden blogging, many of which I met at Blotanical, which I haven't visited for awhile.  I am thankful to Stuart for starting it.  I don't know what the future holds for blogging.  Sometimes I feel like I am posting "reruns" because, even though I change things out from time to time, there aren't that many changes.  Still, it seems like new people come along who haven't seen it, and maybe they will get some ideas for their gardens, or reinforcement for something they are doing.  Also, I really miss visiting the number of blogs I used to.   I know I am missing out.

I hope fall is going well for you, and that winter doesn't come too soon.  Take care!   

Monday, August 27, 2012

East Front Yard

I normally like to do posts on different areas of the yard about once a month.  I got away from that this year, partly because of the hot, dry summer, and partly because it almost seems like reruns.  Still, I am wanting to make some changes, and this will help me keep track of things.  We have been watering regularly because of the new plants in the west area.  Still, some of the plants struggled in the heat.  Many of the daylily leaves turned brown.  With a bit of rain, and a break from the hot temperatures, plants are starting to look better.  The heat is expected to be back this week, though, but hopefully, the new vigor the plants have found will sustain them.  Plus, the days are shorter, and the night time temperatures are cooler.

I'll start with a couple views from the street.

Walking up the sidewalk, the marigolds are volunteers from last year's heirloom ones that I planted last year.

The Joe Pye Weed in the back towers over the area.

We are going to walk around the bed, going to the right, or east.  I did some thinning of the verbena bonariensis this spring, but some must have come up after that, and are now blooming.  They are great fillers in the garden, and the bees and butterflies love them, but still, I will be doing more thinning next year.  I forgot the name of the pinkish agastache.

I planted a few nicotianas to fill in some spaces.  These aren't getting very tall, but I like the color.

The helenium, 'Mardi Gras' is on a second flush of blooms after being deadheaded a few weeks ago.

We have turned the corner, and are facing west, heading to the north.  There are a number of volunteer annual blue salvias throughout the bed, joining the verbena.

After not seeing many monarchs this summer, I am pleased that I have been seeing one to three each day for two or three weeks.

I like the cleome brightening up the space.

I like this phase of the blackberry lilies, but want to get the seeds out before they ripen.  Plus, a neighbor boy asked about them, and I told him they are yucky.  I've read that they are poisonous, so maybe I should take them out soon.

I'm glad I decided to do this post, because I hadn't noticed the delphinium is blooming again.

The sedums are doing well.  I hope they continue to fill in the spaces.

Oh, yes, I need to do some more thinning of the verbenas "on a stick".  The helenium, 'Ruby Tuesday' is doing well, even though it has that competition.

The butterfly bush has been in that spot quite a few years.  I need to deadhead it again soon.

We just turned the corner, and are now facing south.  The hibiscus has been in that spot about 5 years.

The rattlesnake master may not have gotten as tall this year as in the past.

I did not keep up with deadheading the hibiscus this year.  I like the look of the dried seed pod.

I wouldn't want many hibiscus plants, but enjoy this one, and the volunteer one that is not blooming right now.  I also have a couple clumps behind the garage, and one seeded into the neighbors' yard.  There really isn't room for that one where it is.  I have to cut it back each summer.

While I was making my way around the bed, Larry came out and took some photos. After including him in some, I informed him he was in my shots, so he went to another part of the flower bed.  I told him I planned on including at least one of them, so here he is, and you can see how tall the Joe Pye weed is.  LOL

I didn't get the swamp milkweed deadheaded.  I wonder if these seeds will germinate in the area.

Can you see the bee in the Joe Pye bloom?  They like to rest in them.

Here is a peek at the newer planted area on the other side of the sidewalk.

I frequently include this view from the porch, facing south.  You can see the yellow blooms of the cup plant.

We'll walk down the sidewalk, facing back to the east.  Mountain mint, lavendar, and annual blue salvias crowded out the 'Orange Perfection' phlox this summer.

I forgot to include a closer photo of the kiss me over the garden gate in the back, but there is a shorter one in the middle.  It's the pink near the bicycle.

The lantanas around the yard were slow in getting established, but are now doing well.  I noticed some berry looking seed pods.  Do you deadhead your lantanas?

I am forgetting the name of this seedhead, but it's a native of some kind.

I'm thinking I'd like to take out most or all of the iris, and transplant some grasses from across the sidewalk to make the whole yard more cohesive.

I'd like to put some of the shorter grasses in this area.

I didn't get this foxglove deadheaded.  I'll leave it now, since it won't have enough time to bloom again.

One of the 'September Charm' anemones died back a ways, while the one next to it fared better.  The mums are getting ready to bloom.

Soon, there will be more pink from the anemones in the flower bed.

I turned back to the view to the north.

These are nigella seed pods.  I hope more come up next year.  The statice plants on either side are slow to get going, but I'm hoping they will bloom yet this season.

So, we made it around, and here are a few more views.

I had actually taken the next two earlier, while I was trying to get photos of butterflies.  That's when I got the idea to do this post.  I like this one of the monarch and Heidi.

Here's Heidi with the view from the street on the east side of the house.

I hope all is well with you, and those in the path of storms are in safe places.