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Garden by dini posted 06-03-2008 01:23 PM 2247 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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hardiness zone 5

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We moved in here just over 1 1/2 yrs ago, and last year I was working ungodly hours, so this is really the first season for me gardening in this new yard.
We did get DH’s rose bed in last year,and a few odds and ends in the various beds I managed to get laid out.
This spring I pretty much concentrated on the shade bed under the 4 big poplars ( oh, how I hate poplars!).
I put in 6 ferns, no idea what variety, they were free, lol, 4 of which have survived this spring’s odd weather. i also put in 3 plantain hostas, 3 different variegated hostas, 4 daylillies, and a couple dozen hen-n-chicks. I also re-sited the bleeding heart, huechera, and astilbe I had place there last year. Now, once I locate a nice supply of free busted up concrete for a drystone wall-type dge, that bed will be pretty well done, maybe have to add a couple annuals again next year until everything fills out.
The front bed, which gets full sun, may be done, depending on how well everything we plunked in there last year does. In an 18 inch deep 12 feet wide bed, I have 3 hollyhocks, 2 handfuls of anemones,2 asters, and a handful of brown-eyed susans, after the crocus and tulips of early spring. Right now the bare spots are filled with petunias and salvia.
This leaves the approximately 40 foot section of hurricane fence, which, right now, looks pretty pathetic. it has 4 clumps of irises (which produced one standard purple iris last year, and one white one this year), one clump of asiatic lillies (no idea yet what color, another freebie), one miniature rose (deep red), one balloon flower (blue), one infant (about 8 inches tall) barberry bush, one clump of daffodils (pretty well died back, now), and an empty section about 12 feet long.
This last bed will be next year’s project, redoing the irises, spreading out the daffs, moving the mini rose and the lillies over into DH’s rose garden, and figuring out what to do with a bed that runs from partial shade to full sun. I know I want height in the back, to hide the fence, I’d like to achieve at least 4 or 5 different heights, turn it into a nice deep cutting garden maybe. Oh, well, that’s for next year’s budget, this year’s is all gone :(

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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14694 posts in 3808 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-03-2008 02:40 PM

but you’re having fun right?? :)
a little this year; a little next year…. forming a vision; changing it…

sounds lovely!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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5389 posts in 3685 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 06-03-2008 06:01 PM

Sounds like you are making good progress … like the idea of free busted up concrete for your border. And your rose garden sounds just beautiful … and as Ms.Deb says … “a little this year, a little next year”. :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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7374 posts in 3588 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-03-2008 07:20 PM

You have a very nice selection of plants Dini and lots of space to put them in.Looking forward to seeing some pics real soon. :)

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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1824 posts in 3608 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-04-2008 05:30 AM

Sounds like you are having fun!
Too bad you are so far, you could pick up free plants at my place and keep on working!
I really like the idea of free busted up concrete!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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8 posts in 3342 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 10-21-2008 06:58 AM

Hey Dini thanks for the welcome, I have moved twice in the last 2 years with 4 children in tow however; my gardens have come with me or have been dispersed at friends’ homes as sort of a holding station. In my one picture of a water feature the rockery stone placed all around the feature have been with me for 20yrs or so and I have moved them 4 times in that period. This is their last resting spot…

-- Sonya J

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5121 posts in 3438 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 10-21-2008 02:59 PM

Having moved a few times, I can certainly understand, SonyaJ.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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