Back to the Gardens…


We are taking a break from the garage to complete the changes for this fall in the gardens. There are a number of projects that we are working on all at once. The reason for that is due to dividing and moving plants, soil, and compost from one place to another.

This is a picture of part of the ‘white garden’ in June 2012.

Alas, our 15-year-old climbing roses died this year on the arbor at the center of the back grassy area. The wind and the 2-inch thick main stems pulled the metal arbor to one side a few years back. They were removed along with the metal arbor. What to put in that area now?

There was a great climbing hydrangea that I trained in a large post near the patio. On top Glenn installed my farm bell. This, too, had a think, 2-inch main stem wrapped around it. Since the base  branched out wider than the top, it always looked like a Christmas tree. I pruned in every couple of years.

Here is the other side of the ‘white garden’. The climbing hydrangea now has been removed.  (Note: The ‘white garden’ was designed so that all the white-flowered plants would come all out at once in June and July.)

I removed all the vine and Glenn will dig out the roots. We are moving the pole to the center  of the brick circle and starting a new one. Then I will fill in the circle part way with bricks. The vine will have plenty of room there as a focal point in the back of the house. It is all in white, lace cap style flowers when in bloom.

Climbing hydrangea is a thick vine which many people allow to grow around large trees. It is not a super-fast grower or rampant or invasive. The stems are brittle like the hydrangea family and are easy to remove.

In the place of that pole and vine, I am just planting more bulbs, dividing the grape hyacinths, and annuals. The bright flowers will look nice near the back door, against the English boxwood. This gives me more room for my trike and walker to be on that pathway as the branches of the vine were 2-foot over that brick.

The gardens are always evolving. Some plants die, some get too large and lanky, and some just don’t look well with age. It now is a “Mature Garden” at 16 years. Fall is a great, and sometimes better, time to plant. We are the northern limit for fall planting and I take advantage of it. It is the time to divide the perennials, too.

The irises, hosta, and peonies and getting all moved around!

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