for the record – first green March 28 2018

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First sign of new growth while most of the garden is still frozen!  Granted, it is an Iceland Poppy which you’d expect can stand a little cold.

But still.  It’s new and it’s green and I’m excited.

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evaluating the Front Courtyard Garden

Well, other than the pot which is crookedly frozen in place, I’m pretty happy with how this garden looks after only one garden season.  I regret planting sour cherries out here though – I was trying to be noble and plant as many edibles as possible, ya know.  But I sit in the living room drinking my coffee on the week-ends and this is my view – I’d really like to see some more winter colour out here.

So, the cherries are getting moved to the back and I’m going to add a hedge of dogwoods instead (Cornus sericea ‘Farrow’ or Arctic Fire dogwood would be a good choice for a solid green hedge and red stems for winter).  Also, when the little Birds Nest Spruces get a little bigger you’ll be able to see them better above the snow.  That should do it.

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I only have a few other minor additions to make in spring:

  • add a Mount Royal Plum in the bottom left corner (I’d like some height but there’s not a lot of room; this tree stays small, only 8 feet wide). Underplant with one more genista ‘lydia’.
  • mix thyme and more russian stonecrop as groundcovers on both sides of the pathway in front of the window.

decorations from the garden

OK I actually I purchased this wreath for my front door last week-end at Rona, and I like it because it looks fairly natural (only the twigs and pinecones are real):IMG_1230

But it was nice enough outside today that I wandered around the garden cutting greenery and dogwood branches for this display beside the door:

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I save the birch branches and star to reuse from year to year.

 

What holiday decorations are on your front step?

late October colour in the Courtyard Garden

What a beautiful week-end!  I’m doing a little tidying up in the garden but there is still so much to enjoy.  The butterflies seem to agree and are still hanging around the catmint:

The heliopsis is still blooming too:

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Here’s the ‘regular’ heliopsis in front of a Bailey’s compact Virburnum shrub which I planted particularly for its fall colour:

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And another Bailey’s compact shrub a little closer to peak redness:

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