In mid-May, when the days are warm, the air is fragrant, and the phlox subulata (above) is in bloom, I like to spend a little quality-time outdoors. Would you like to see what’s shaking in the gardens here? Join me.
Now, because it’s such a sparkling day, I think we should sip a little something during our walk.
Now click your heels three times, and…
SWOOSH! We are standing in the front yard. As you can see, the lawn has greened up, and the trees are leafing out. The house, in case you’re wondering, was built in 1826. Click here for an inside view.
Behind the house is the boxwood garden. Would you believe this plot was an asphalt parking lot when we purchased the property? I dug up the black top and designed a boxwood garden there in just a few short hours!
Okay, I’m kidding. The job took several months to complete.
Want to acquire lots of boxwood without breaking the bank? Then do what I did, and propagate the shrub from simple stem cuttings. Click here for details.
Roses, planted in the boxwood-edged beds, are just beginning to leaf out. Hopefully they’ll bloom in time for the first Garden Conservancy “Open Day” here (click for details).
Probably the roses will refuse to bloom. They are vengeful plants.
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To the left of the pool is the Kitchen Garden. There isn’t much to see here, because most of the beds have not been planted yet. And yes, some of the beds are in need of minor repair. So let’s skip this garden until a later date, okay?
And speaking of deer — they’ve been eating my hostas even before the leaves open. They’ve also eaten some of my “deer-proof” woodland plants, including Brunnera ‘Jack Frost.’ Or maybe the resident rabbits and woodchucks are to blame.
Why don’t I purchase a rifle and shoot the deer, rabbits, and woodchucks?
Well, you’re not the first visitor to suggest such a tactic. But I’m a pacifist when it comes to woodland creatures. To me, plants are not “precious.” They’re just…plants.
Back to the woodland subjects:
I think we should exit the Woodland now. The Serpentine Garden awaits! I designed this winding oasis on the site of a very steep hill. Click here to read the garden’s scandalous back-story.
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