In mid-March, when the sun is shining, the snow is melting, and spring seems a not-too-distant certainty, I like to steal a few moments in the great outdoors. Would you like to see what I see as I stroll the various gardens here at Clover Hill? Join me.
Here’s something to sustain us during our garden walk. The olives are there so we don’t starve to death.
WHAM! We are standing before the garden gate.
On the other side of the gate is the boxwood garden — and, rather unfortunately — some lingering snow. Please watch your step.
This garden is composed of 190 upright yews (Taxus hicksii), 320 boxwood shrubs, and lots of David Austin roses. I grew most of the boxwood from simple cuttings. Click here to see the easy propagation technique.
Here’s the same garden in summer, as viewed from the attic window. Boxwood looks terrific in all seasons!
Back to mid-March reality. Let’s head north for a change of scenery.
Just outside the boxwood garden is an ancient maple tree that I under-planted with pachysandra and spring bulbs. Nary a daffodil has pushed its way through the evergreen groundcover. They are waiting for the ground to thaw.
Let’s walk northward now, up a blue stone path that leads to a trio of white pines.
Here’s our view through the pines, looking westward. Do follow the path.
To our right is a long row of arborvitae. Mercifully these evergreens came through our brutal winter just fine.
Urns at the end of the arborvitae row did not come through winter just fine — they tumbled when the earth heaved. Some leveling is in order. I’ll get right on that.
Just around the corner from the toppled urns is the kitchen garden.
Shall we step inside?
Last autumn, after I injured my foot and landed in hospital, I wasn’t able to dismantle and store the wooden tomato trellis. On the plus side, the trellis survived winter without a complaint. Now I won’t have to re-assemble it this spring!
As you can see, the kitchen garden’s pine pergola suffered some winter damage. Where’s the missing lattice?
Here it is, laying in the woods outside the garden. Another job for my to-do list!
And here’s the hemlock-framed pool garden. Or perhaps I should say “Hemlock-framed skating rink.” Just looking at the ice-topped pool cover makes me shiver.
We’ve finished our martinis. Shall we head back to the house for a top-up?
And besides the top-up, I have some cheese and crackers to offer you! While we sip and crunch, perhaps you can tell me what’s shaking in your own garden. As always, I cherish your words.
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