IN EARLY SUMMER, when the weather turns hot and humid, I like to spend my outdoor time in the cool, shady Woodland Garden. Would you like to see what I see when I walk the gracefully-curved paths there? Join me on a little tour:
I should probably mention that my Woodland was not always a garden. When we purchased the property, it was a garbage dump.
You might be wondering about the white bits that are scattered on plants and paths.
These are the cast-off blossoms of the Catalpa speciosa tree that resides just beyond the fish pond. The white petals are frilled, and splashed with maroon. I love them, even if they do make a mess in late June.
What’s that you say?
Yes, dear. You may climb down from the table now. Let me assist you.
And here is the fish pond. Please have a seat in one of the chairs that overlooks the pond. Meanwhile, I’ll run down down the hill, into the house, and into the kitchen to fetch us something cool and refreshing to drink.
Of course, there are more plants to see, so let’s sip and stroll, okay?
Variegated plants bring a sense of light to the dense shade of the Woodland. Pictured above is Brunnera ‘Jack Frost.’ This deer-proof perennial practically glows in the dark. And in spring, it covers itself with dainty blue flowers.
Coleus, by the way, has always been deer-proof in my Woodland. I take cuttings from the plants in late summer, and then enjoy them as houseplants all winter long.
And that reminds me. I promised to show you closeups of the ferns, which, besides hostas, make up for the bulk of the garden’s greenery.
Then there is the ‘Royal’ fern, Osmunda regalis. According to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the generic name Osmunda is of Saxon origin and was one of the titles of the pagan deity Thor.
Honestly, one of my favorite summer activities is to sit and sip in the shade of the Woodland. I’m so glad that you were able to join me.
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Would you like to see the Woodland (and other gardens I’ve created) during other seasons? Then you must join me on the following virtual tours:
A Late-Spring Garden Tour
A Late-April Garden Tour
Autumn Garden Tour