clematis, white bellflowers, and sweet alyssum in the “White Garden”

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The clematis vines are *just a little* on the short side this year because I moved them in spring.  They were such buggers to dig up that I’m really just happy they survived at all!  The few flowers emerging (so far) on the left one are a bonus:IMG_4061

This is a pretty big change from the gravel filled strip that was this garden when I moved in less than a year ago (see the first post here).

(Yes, I did originally plan for this area to be a “White Garden” but I didn’t have anywhere else to put the existing clematises (clematii?) so I guess it is technically white and purple now.  I am terrible at sticking to a theme! On the other hand, this revised colour scheme is one good reason to also plant the annual sweet alyssum (small white and purple puffs of flowers across the front of this garden area, top photo) and the other, of course, is that it smells wonderful. At least I can turn my garden design weaknesses into something positive.)

 

the Sunset Garden, June 2017

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This garden has been in place for a month now, and so far the hares haven’t touched anything except the artemesia, yarrow, and iceland poppy (see this past post for more plant details).  These are all pretty vigorous plants so if the rabbits only munch these occasionally and leave everything else alone, I will be more than happy.

A friend asked me if I would use mulch, and I will, but I’ve already thought of a few tweaks I’d like to make – a plant to move here, a tree to add there.  So I will have to live with a bit of a weedy garden for a few more months – it’s easier to put mulch down after the planting is done.  Plus I’m still tired from my May new-garden-making marathon.  No more planting/moving until fall.

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To see how this garden area has evolved, click here and scroll down.

dark fuschia peony and painted daisies

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This fuschia peony in the ‘Sissinghurst’ area of my garden is the second of 5 to bloom.  It is lovely but not scented.  Possibly the variety “David Harum”?

I love both these plants but not exactly where they are planted.  I don’t think the painted daisies are getting enough light.  Plus, why would someone plant painted daisies right behind a peony as they are the same height??

Since this is my first year in this house, I’m waiting to see what else is growing in this area of the garden and how well everything does, and I then I will do some moving things around in the fall.

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sizing up the vegetable garden

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Now that I’ve got most of perennials happily settled in their permanent places, I’m turning my attention to the veggie garden.  I’d like to put in two raised beds back here. I had raised beds at my old house and they were the best thing I ever did – you fill them up and have perfect, unwalked on, well-draining soil, plus you don’t have to bend over so far to weed and harvest.   The boxes will be similar to the ones at my old house, except that this time I’ll have a 4’x4′ and a 4’x8′.  We want to get them built this summer and filled so that they’re ready to plant first thing in spring – maybe even a fall seeding of a few things if we get them done in time!

 

And yes, those are dandelions in the grass.  The Edmonton infestation includes my own backyard.  😦