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Project by Radicalfarmergal posted 05-29-2010 01:16 PM 2307 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tend to focus most of my attention on my edible plants but here is my favorite flower garden. It is located behind the house under the Heartnut tree. In the early spring, before the tree leaves emerge, it gets plenty of sun and is filled with different types of daffodils, hyacinth and a few tulips. When the leaves grow in around May, the garden becomes quite shady and cool. Even in the heat of summer, the soil in this garden stays moist. The only thing I add to this garden is an annual application of pine needles and the leaves and catkins that fall from the tree. The garden contains mostly perennials, although this year I have added some petunias from my winter sowing. One of the things I really like about this garden is that it is so filled with perennials that I do not have to spend much time tending it; the plants and mulch block out most undesired plants and it pretty much takes care of itself. I think this garden has basically become an unplanned, very much appreciated, forest garden guild.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout



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4305 posts in 1922 days
hardiness zone 5b

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Bon

7374 posts in 2440 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 05-29-2010 02:04 PM

Loved your flower garden Robin.Nice variety you have planted there.You just need a bench to sit on and enjoy them with an iced tea break.

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

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daltxguy

882 posts in 1757 days
hardiness zone 4a

posted 05-29-2010 02:13 PM

The perfect garden, Robin. Self generating, maintenance free and beautiful in all seasons.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 05-29-2010 03:14 PM

Robin, this is my kind of garden. Lovely. The perennials are such lovely workhorses, they grow, they bloom, they beautiful our exsistence and they ask very little in return.

The tall pink blooms….is that a rhododendron? It is really beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your favorite garden. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1922 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 05-29-2010 04:01 PM

Thank you for your kind comments. A garden bench would be a great idea, Bon. There is a funny rock that sticks out of the barn stone foundation that is a favorite sitting rock for the boys. Maybe a bench next to the rock would be nice for the adults. Yes, Iris, the tall bush is a rhododendron. It was almost dead when we moved in because the previous owners had two large dogs (the size of ponies, I am not exaggerating) that had chewed it down to its trunk and a few branches. I trimmed it back and hoped for the best and I am so pleased that it survived and is now thriving.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 05-29-2010 04:30 PM

Perhaps all that doggy prunning ( and poo-o, that side product of large dogs) is another reason it is blooming so beautifully now. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

14683 posts in 2660 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 05-29-2010 05:45 PM

oh what a beautiful space!!
Isn’t it wonderful that you get to enjoy all this beauty and just sit back and let Mother Nature do the gardening?

Gorgeous. And a perfect spot for a sip of lemonade in the hot days of summer.

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

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sharad

1639 posts in 1877 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 05-29-2010 06:16 PM

Robin, this is the best spot in the garden for relaxing. I liked your idea of growing perenials. You are one of the most methodical gardeners I have seen. Every action in your garden has a good justification. What is the name of the white flowers with six petals?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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jroot

5067 posts in 2290 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 05-29-2010 07:28 PM

Beautiful gardens, Robin. Keep up the good work.

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

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OttoH

140 posts in 1699 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 05-29-2010 07:46 PM

Beautiful garden, I could spend hours getting looking at a garden like that and getting lost in it’s beauty.

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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stefang

393 posts in 1639 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 05-29-2010 08:41 PM

A wonderful place to just enjoy the flowers and nature Robin. I second the bench idea.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1922 days
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posted 05-30-2010 02:05 AM

Thanks! I guess the GT consensus is that I need a quiet, comfortable place to sit and relax near my forest garden. I will have to see if my wonderful husband has any ideas for building a garden bench.

Sharad, I don’t know the name of the white flower. I am woefully uneducated when it comes to flowers, but I am learning. It is a bulb that flowers in the late spring each year. Orchids posted a photo of the same flower in one of her recent slide shows. Maybe she knows the name; I will ask her.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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donjoe

220 posts in 1645 days
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posted 05-30-2010 03:43 AM

What a lovely place to spend time and enjoy your flowers.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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Iris43

3808 posts in 2290 days
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posted 05-30-2010 04:13 AM

Robin, the white flower is ‘Star of Bethlehem’.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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davidc61

417 posts in 1693 days
hardiness zone 4

posted 05-30-2010 07:04 AM

Beautiful gardens you must be so proud.

-- David, Adelaide South Australia. Every day I wake up breathing is a good day!

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Rino

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hardiness zone 7b

posted 05-30-2010 07:49 AM

I want a garden like it too!!! What is the name of that huge flower with the yellow center? I think it is the most interesting in my opinion!

Besides, I see that you have Jacob’s Ladder bloomed already! Where are you from? I actually had to eliminate that plant from my raised garden because it just does not grow well in North Texas and it did not bloom at all, even though I had probably 50 seedlings this winter. I substituted it with 6 tubers of Incarvillea, which I think it is more showy than Jacob’s Ladder and still grows in the shade!

-- Prevent yourself from hating the stranger, for those who did not now they have angels by their side

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1922 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 05-30-2010 01:45 PM

Rino, the pink flower with the yellow center is a peony, although it looks very different from the white flowering peonies in the same garden. Sorry, I don’t know the specific name. Peonies fascinate me because they have evolved to rely on ants to help the flower buds open. I like the way they disappear under the soil in the winter and reemerge in the spring. Before and after it flowers, I also like the leaves. I live in Massachusetts where Jacob’s Ladder grows naturally. The first plant came from my aunt but it has reseeded itself all through this garden. It likes the cool, moist, acidic soil.

Thank you Iris and Orchids for naming the white flower for Sharad and me.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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sharad

1639 posts in 1877 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 05-30-2010 05:30 PM

Robin your information on dependence of peonies buds opening on ants is great.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Greenthumb

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posted 05-31-2010 01:53 PM

beautiful spot, just love it !!!

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jroot

5067 posts in 2290 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-30-2011 09:49 PM

Wonderful inspirational garden. I like the idea of the Jacob’s ladder in the shade garden. I hadn’t thought of that one.

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

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lavender22

85 posts in 612 days
hardiness zone 8a

posted 02-23-2013 11:15 PM

I love it :) So beautiful.

-- I love hostas:)

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1922 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 02-26-2013 12:55 AM

Lavender22, I have hostas lining the cobblestone walkway that divides this garden. I really like hostas too. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1922 days
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posted 04-25-2013 12:31 AM

Here is a photo of the shade garden in April. The Heartnut tree has not leafed out yet, so there is still plenty of sun for the daffodils.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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