Saturday, July 23, 2005

Main Garden

For those of you wondering what my garden looks like now, here it is in all it's jungly glory. It actually does look a lot better from a distance than up close.

I have even cleared all those weeds out of the paths now. That was hard work since the paths are sort of compact. After every rain I would go out and dig up a few weeds untill they were gone.

You can see the big hole in the back of my garden that I am trying to fill in to screen the view of my neighbors yard and the alley. I like to have that clear in the winter though because then we have a nice view of the downtown holiday lights. OooAhhh! So I have been growing sunflowers there as a summer screen. They did not get very tall this year. I think I transplanted then a little too late. So next year I am going to try transplanting them as soon as I find them growing around my garden. I now have a nice terraced planting area for them back there.

My sedums are sort of overwhelming the front bed nearest the patio. I have purchased allium to replace them. They will grow in neat bunching mounds and give somewhat the same effect only shorter. Now I just have to figure out what to do with all those sedum! They make a fine hedge. I must have an area that needs a hedge somewhere.

My black-eyed susan's in that same bed have finally decided to bloom. I bought a 4" pot of them about four years ago and they have been spreading nicely. They do not spread far from the main plant, so they aren't really invasive when they spread, unlike my gallairdia! Geez! That stuff is everywhere, even in my grass!

There is a tall, airy looking shrub near the alley that has pink plumes of flowers right now. That is my tamarix. I love it, but hate where I planted it. It hangs over onto the pathway and just sort of looks out of place there. Many people ask me about it though. It is very unusual looking and they like the pink smoke flowers.

I have relatives coming from out of town this Monday, and I want to make sure that my garden is up to speed. They really like gardens, so I hope that they like mine. It is a work in progress with its own messy but wonderful personality.


Blogger Sandy said...

What a great view of your garden. It looks great!

7/23/2005 8:39 PM  
Blogger crazygramma said...

Wow your gardens are awesome. Did you climb up on your roof to take these? I too have relatives coming out soon and I am in the process of trying to get mine all up to snuff. I love the paths I think that will be my project next year to get some more defined walkways.

7/24/2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger OldRoses said...

Gorgeous! Black-Eyed Susans are invasive in my gardens. I find them all over the place. I have a bare spot in the front of my house where nothing wants to grow so I'm going to move some of them out there. They seem to grow anywhere.

7/24/2005 10:08 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

I wanted a good overhead view, so I climbed out onto the roof. It's a great way to see the big picture.

It's funny how some plants are invasive in some gardens, yet not in others. I have a problem with echinacea (purple cone flowers). It is EVERYWHERE! But it is easy enough to remove, so I don't worry too much about it.

7/25/2005 10:08 PM  
Blogger ScbNymph said...

Your INSANE!!!

Your gardens look AWESOME, I feel shamed that mine don't look anywhere near that good!

7/29/2005 8:28 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

I thought I already disclaimered that I was insane, but if not, now you know. I like the overall layout of the beds, I just am not happy with the plants as a design in the beds.

7/29/2005 9:33 PM  
Blogger kerry said...

You have a beautiful garden. I love the way your paths wander. Great job.

7/31/2005 1:56 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Thanks Kerry!

8/01/2005 8:19 AM  

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