Thursday, August 8, 2013

Houseiversary Post - Five Years!!

OK, am cheating a little bit, because most of these pictures are actually from the very end of June, but almost every time I've escaped into the yard with enough forethought to take pictures, it's been just dark enough that my pictures are all hopelessly blurry. I think I need a tripod.

ANYWAY. Five years!
Pretty happy with this, all told! Colour! Texture! Variety! Desperately needs filling in on the east side, though, where I have heretofore only planted sunflowers. Possibilities include grasses, Degroot's Spire arborvitae, transplanted asparagus (tired of it flopping all over everything else at the very front) and more crocosmia (because I needs it, precious!) Also need to dig up all the weeds determinedly sprouting at the edge of the swale and transplant all the little rue seedlings that decided to spring up among the rocks. Have successfully relocated a handful so far. Compare: 2011, 2010

Featuring eremurus. Holy crap. People were stopping in the street to look at these. Am SO planting more. 

How's this for magical?!

Another view of the top third of the yard, since I was frustrated with its bland lack of cohesion in previous years. It's becoming encouragingly colourful...

...although not perfect. More anchor-like evergreens, maybe? Something to balance out the rose campion explosion? Still, at least it's getting somewhere - compare: 2012 (albeit earlier in the year). Or maybe half the trick of this is photographing it at the right angle.

Sea holly of gorgeousness.
Overall. This view really makes the bare strip at the east edge jump out. Compare: 2011, 2010

Hmm, repetition really does help to make things come together. Rose campion FTW. Compare: 2011, 2010.

Have I mentioned how much I am coming to love that Caramel heuchera?

I thought this thing was a goner, based on its late appearance and spindliness, but lo and behold...!

Going around the beds: west shade bed. In need of some tidying up and some relocation of crazy daisies, which have determinedly reseeded themselves all over the front of the bed, where they are too tall. Must remember to take a picture of the spot behind the peonies, invisible from this angle but encouraging in its loveliness. Have really been enjoying the mulleins in this bed, but note to self for next year: they need staking. Compare: 2011, 2010.

Sun bed, with a big hole in the front left by the gypsophila, which mysteriously up and died this winter. Compare: 2011, 2010.

Wall bed. Argh. Grass is slowly getting itself established; we'll see if it succeeds in adding some height and variety back there. Need something for the rose to ramble on; need to tame the golden oregano; need to replace the cotoneaster with something more inspiring. Also need to get the damn fence fixed. Compare: 2011, 2010.

Rather happier with the corner bed, although a variety of things need to be beaten back and separated. Attempting to cage the Joe Pye weed this year, but there's so much of it I'm not sure it will work. Compare: 2011, 2010.

East bed looking deceptively civilized, thanks to the splashy hosta and caramel heuchera. Hydrangeas and bee balm both need taming; that should clear things up a bit. Delphiniums seem to have petered out, tragically. Maybe I'll see if I can get the purple clematis to climb over this way as a replacement. Compare: 2011, 2010.

Combo view of the west side of the garden. Grape vines are getting decimated this fall to put a stop to their mad takeover bid.

Aaaaaand a couple weeks later in the front.  Half the rue has mysteriously died, although it's reseeded itself copiously, to my delight.

Otherwise noteworthy is the red bee balm, which has finally gotten a chance to bloom in the absence of whatever insect plague was destroying it before. Need to spread some of this around the garden, I think. Would be a nice spot of colour on the east side, for example. At the bottom is the knautia I planted from seed, gloriously long-blooming.

Evidence that the front yard needs more crocosmia: encouraging colourfulness becoming ever more glorious.

And bee balm in the back, too. Lime-green hosta makes me happy, as do the heucheras by the shed. Compare: early 2012, 2011.

Vines filling in beautifully (and helpfully disguising the orange power cord for the fountain) along with assorted companions to the maple. Spikenard managed to return, against all expectations, although it's only a few leaves bigger than it was last year.
Longer view - ignoring the small heap of rubble that needs to be removed, I am pretty damn thrilled with the colourfulness of this, esp given dry shade conditions. Compare: early 2012, earlier 2012 (pre-bricks). VICTORY.

And backyard overall, with a smidge more colour thanks to bee balm and daylilies.

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