That's only half the bushes. The charming little house in the background is our neighbor's. The house at the very right side of the photo is the Handyverger home, at least a tiny sliver of it. No pictures of the areas around the porch yet. It's a mess of dead leaves, a few scraggly bits of foliage poking up and the trimmed stumps. Also, highlight of my day, I found poison ivy growing under there. AWESOME. Fortunately, it's very small, and I don't think I came in contact with any of it. It has to go, but I'm not quite sure how to pull it out without ending up a giant itchy mess. Suggestions are most welcome!
While I was out there, I took some pictures of the garden in progress.
This little niche is near our garage, which is down and to the right from this angle, and it's right behind stone steps that lead up and (in a meandering way) to the front door. There used to be an arborvitae of some sort growing there, but it fell down during a particularly bad ice storm in 2008. We were actually thrilled that it did, once we got the near-tree out of the way and got power back (after 5 days without it). I love that we gained more space to landscape, particularly right where visitors approach the house.
A few years ago, I planted a single foxglove in this area. It comes back every year, and it has now spread throughout that little patch of soil. I think foxglove is so elegant looking, in a very old world sort of way. I also love that it's a plant that has been used to make medicine to treat heart disease. Digitalis (foxglove) is used to make digoxin, though we don't use that medication so much any more.
You can also see the cute little succulent in the foreground that I planted three or more years ago. It somehow manages to come back every spring, even after New England winters. In the background, you can see my lovely 'Caramel' coral bells. I didn't get a chance to get these in the ground last fall, with Pippin getting sick, but they wintered over in their pot and perked up beautifully with a little TLC!
And here's another foxglove in the same spot. You can see some wild thistle growing in back (I'm scared to pull it out!), along with my chives right behind it. You might also note my little black kitty statue peeking out.
If you swing around toward the front door past our perennial patch, you'll be greeted by our steps and the container garden I've started there. This is one of our lettuce plants, clearly flourishing (which reminds me, I need to pick some before it goes too wild). The other plant there is a viola. Also, as you can see, I have a thing for cute woodland animals.
I saw these in a container done up by my local nursery, and they were only selling them as a part of a very large, very expensive basket. Erk! So I asked what variety they were, and through a little googling, I found Garden Harvest Supply. The price was incredibly reasonable, though shipping was a bit spendy - but it still ended up being substantially better than what I would have paid for the basket. ($4 for the plant, and $11 for shipping with two other plants.) The plants looked a little battered when they arrived, but I potted them immediately and watered them thoroughly, and they perked right up.
The other two plants I ordered are here. On the left is a Phantom petunia. I had ordered a different variety, but they substituted this one. I was a little disappointed, but they've been great so far in trying to work out a solution to make it better. On the right, is a 'Superbells Blackberry Punch' Calibrachoa (Million Bells). Aren't they just darling?!
The larger plant in this planter is pineapple sage. It always grows wonderfully into a very large plant, and when it finally flowers, they're a beautiful scarlet. Also, it's yummy.
These are planted in with a dahlia and some more alyssum.
The glass dragonfly was made by a former coworker for me. He does fabulous stained glass art. I feel privileged to own even a little piece of it. If you'd like to see more, check out Monte Verde Art Glass Studio.
I just thought this dahlia was glorious. I couldn't resist!
What's growing in your garden?
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