This post shows what the cat garden looked like in the spring this year, but now it looks entirely different. These pictures are from early July. I will most likely do separate posts for the individual plants in the photos (such as the hostas and willows).
Here are some recent pictures of the front yard after I weeded it. I’ll post separate posts about the specific plants in the pictures. I took most of these pictures five days ago, and already more plants have begun blooming (like some phlox).
Those are elfin thymes (Thymus serphyllum ‘Elfin’) with which we’ve replaced our lawn. The idea is that they grow into each other and never require mowing. It was my idea, but thus far I have mixed feelings about it. I’m plenty glad to not have to mow or weed whack, though. The tarp is covering the remaining area that needs elfin thymes–this way weeds and grass don’t grow before we get more elfin thymes in.
Many deciduous azaleas are sweetly scented. Some of them bloomed in May, some will bloom later (or at least they did last year), and perhaps some are not planning on blooming this year. We have an “azalea garden” in the front with deciduous azaleas, and we also have a ‘Cannon’s Double’ azalea on the side of the house (in the woodland garden) and a ‘Cannon’s Double’ in the backyard (which was purchased because the one on the side of the house stopped being double).
The azalea garden in March, after I’d weeded it–it looks rather barren before the foliage starts:
The azalea garden during blooming:
The contorted filbert/hazelnut (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ or “Harry Lauder’s walking stick”) in the middle of the azalea garden is dying, I think. I’m not too happy about it. I know that sometimes hazelnuts get a disease, but I really liked it and was really pleased with it when I planted it. Trees aren’t cheap, either. The plant doesn’t have very many leaves this year, and it has these weird canker things on it. I don’t know if I would replace it–I might worry about the next one getting sick, too. They do make red ones, which I didn’t know about when we got this one–but I just don’t know that I would want to take a chance again. The contorted hazelnut went in long before the azaleas were purchased, so it’s quite likely that the azalea garden does not actually need a contorted filbert in the middle of it–that the azaleas fill it just fine. Sigh. I don’t generally talk about the plants that don’t make it, but this one is right in the middle of the picture, and also I feel somewhat irritated about the whole situation. The fact that it took less than two years for it to start dying makes me think that it was never that healthy in the first place–that it probably came from the nursery diseased.
Anyhow, on to happy thoughts.
Azalea ‘Candy Lights’:
Azalea ‘Girard’s Red Pom Pom’:
Azalea ‘Rosy Lights’:
Honeysuckle azalea–Rhododendron luteum:
Unknown deciduous azalea:
Azalea ‘Cannon’s Double’ in woodland garden:
Azalea ‘Cannon’s Double’ in backyard:
I photographed six evergreen azaleas this year. The photographs are from late April to early May.
Three Azalea x ‘Silver Sword’ (in backyard, have variegated foliage–small plants with lots of blooms):
The front yard azalea (I’m not completely sure its name):
Two reblooming azaleas, Azalea ‘Autumn Embers’:
These pictures range in date somewhat, from early April to mid-May. The Bee rhododendrons, ‘President Roosevelt’, and the plant I call “early blooming rhododendron” bloomed early. ‘Deep Clover’ and ‘Centennial Celebration’ are later bloomers. The two big front rhododendrons fall in the middle.
I really want another rhododendron, but I have absolutely no idea where I would put it. I think I want a late blooming deep deep purple one.
Two big front rhododendrons:
Early blooming rhododendron:
Rhododendron x ‘President Roosevelt’ (variegated foliage):
Rhododendron ‘Centennial Celebration’:
Rhododendron ‘Deep Clover’:
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ (scented, has not bloomed):
The Bee Rhododendrons (all allegedly dwarf):
Rhododendron ‘Wanna Bee’:
Rhododendron ‘Patty Bee’:
Rhododendron ‘Must Bee’ (only one blossom this year):
Rhododendron ‘Queen Bee’:
Rhododendron ‘Too Bee’ (I don’t think it bloomed this year):
Rhododendron ‘June Bee’:
Rhododendron ‘Wee Bee’:
Rhododendron ‘Peter Bee’:
I call a certain area of the yard the “cat garden” or “yellow garden.” We have some kitties buried there, who were all yellow tabby cats, so we’ve planted yellow bulbs. There are plants in the area other than bulbs, but it is during tulip and daffodil season that the area looks the best.
I am making a new category, “Garden View.” I was told by the co-gardener that my pictures focus on individual plants too much, and not on the garden, which is true. This is mostly because of weeds… but I am going to try harder. For example, a few months ago I weeded the rose garden but didn’t take any pictures (or at least didn’t post them)… I’ve had opportunities to post the woodland garden, as well. A few months ago when the backyard was nicely weeded it didn’t look like much yet (perennials hadn’t started blooming), so I didn’t post any pictures. Now it’s a mess. I’m not exaggerating. I just haven’t had time for much weeding, and as for the workers… I still haven’t updated on that experience because it went so poorly…. (I should do that today). I will keep in mind, however, that people like to see views of the garden, as nice as it is to see individual plants. I did the best job of this while the bulbs were blooming (when the weeds were mostly under control).
The lavender hillside is one of my top priorities once I get out there to weed, and then I will show pictures of that. The area looks so summery and nice. The front is another top priority, but it hasn’t changed much since my front yard post. I’m behind on some cat/yellow/cornus garden pictures – I guess the subject never made my to-post list.
Anyhow… stay tuned!
The co-gardener pointed out that I don’t post pictures of the yard, but instead of plants. Well, this is mostly because I don’t want to show the weeds…. but also because I wasn’t sure that I wanted neighbors’ cars, houses, etc. in the pictures, and by posting shots of the yard it becomes obvious that I live in a 1980s/90s housing development (not a charming craftsman home, not a cottage…)
However, the front yard looks so great right now (although yes there are weeds), that I decided to post some photos. I am also going to make posts of the component parts of the front yard, and I will link them here as I do so.
(I weed-whacked yesterday – so the lawn doesn’t look like a meadow)
Sooooo… without further ado… here’s the front yard! Please, ignore the neighbors.
As you can see, I have not finished lifting bulbs… basically, I got busy. I still plan to do it! (I did do the yellow/cat garden, which took awhile). I even bought a new trowel for it.
A penstemon post with more front yard pictures
Agastache post with more views
Here are spring’s last bulbs, mostly Dutch iris
These striped tulips were the latest tulips we had (the photos are from about a month ago, right before my vacation)
Not tremendous good luck with bearded irises, although some new ones have been planted elsewhere. I think sometimes one buys bulbs that aren’t that high quality. When we left this was blooming, and when we returned it was not. Right next to the sidewalk, maybe someone picked it. I should check that.