Too much work (for an aging gardener) and too many photos to keep track of, to make sense out of when you want to do a blog post
Throw in the compulsion to buy more plants, even though you know you don't NEED them and you NEVER space them out correctly .. "future over crowding" come what may, seems to be a mantra of mine.
It is the nature of the beast to fill your garden far beyond capacity, for the satisfaction of seeing said garden over filled, in a lush and productive state that shuns weeds ... mainly because you just can't seem to get to that mulch chore done .. even though you have many bags of it taking space up in the shed speaking to you every time you go in and they *SMIRK* figuring they are safe and sound from being spread on the ground.
I am a poet and don't know it ? .. BIG sigh.
Garden MADNESS in full swing, go figure ?
OK .. enough of that foolishness
One of a number of pleasant surprises .. my Chinese Fringe tree (aka chionanthus retusus) has finally put out some "fringe" .. fingers crossed it will be even more generous each coming year !
Green Lotus peony became VERY robust this season .. she is my "wild child"
Gardens Plus last year ..
Dawn could not provide Neptune's Gold sea holly, but she gave me an amazing substitute "Stand By Me" bush clematis .. and talk about a wow factor on that BLUE !
The flower buds are almost black ... now that caught my attention as well.
Thank you Dawn ... otherwise I might never have known how gorgeous a clematis this is !
A new acquisition .. Lemony Lace elderberry was an impulse buy .. I just couldn't help myself ?
Big Blue" from Canning Perennials two years ago .. it flowered the first year as in this picture .. but not last year for some reason.
Overall the garden is running itself with a little occasional interference from me .. well , by the time I am finished interfering, I am dragging myself up the deck steps mumbling all sorts of naughty phrases and swearing not to try and do so much in one day YET AGAIN ?
Below picture is right side , back garden view, with the mother of all trees (and extreme trouble maker, with flower buds that "snow" and maple keys that behave like MULCH) but she is a beauty and a life staff to so many birds .
We have had families of Chickadees, finches, robins, wrens ... plus beneficial insects and those not so beneficial insects (BIG sigh !) .. but it is LIFE ... and every aspect is amazing.
So even though I stumble through the intense work it takes, it is beyond satisfying for my garden soul.
I am forever grateful to have the resources to enjoy such an amazing hobby .. a love of plants and birds/animals, that truly give you that innocent wonder at times that you think you have lost.
OK .. enough of the dribble philosophy .. I have to rest up and plan my next garden maneuvers !
I have two Bowman's Root (aka Gillenia trifoliata) .. one is supposed to be pink but that aspect is not quite working out it seems .. pretty little flower though !
Emperor 1 Japanese maple and Warsaw Nike clematis .. and yes ... it is that dark !
Goats Beard (aka Aruncus dioicus) by Purple Leaf Sandcherry .. great colour contrast
Another Emporer 1, so you can see again how dark that foliage is .. just a little vignette with my rain barrel trying to hide behind the Englemann Ivy .. which can become a monster if not PRUNED to make it behave .. gorgeous scarlet in the Fall !