Thursday, July 7, 2011

Some random updates from the garden

I really want the entrance to the yard, as you go past the ferns and bleeding hearts, to envelop you in green.

Ultimately I want to put an arbor here with an evergreen vine on it but for now I decided to use my victory wine barrel planter to plant fennel. Fennel gets tall and bushy pretty fast, so it should fill in quickly. Fennel also gets thuggish, so I wanted to keep it confined to a container. Putting the barrel at the entrance to the yard will remind Greg, every single time, that I am stubborn. Because he wouldn't remember otherwise.

The fennel is small so I filled out the planter with astilbe and petunias. Go, old lady annuals, go!

I bought this stool at a thrift shop two summers ago and it sat in my garage, unused. I threw some Autumn Joy sedums in a pot (they will get way too big for it but I can transplant later) and it's nice to have some height in this area. I want to transplant my clematis to this area so it can climb the fence and not have to compete with the hops.

Sedum telephium

I planted a purple sedum that I'm in LOVE with, sedumBertram Anderson.' I think the purple is going to look awesome with the Oregon stonecrop (the seafoam colored one on the bottom).

SedumBertram Anderson

Bleeding heart is beginning to grow up through the hosta and I love it.

So once the fennel grows in and I get the rain garden in there should be a corridor of green that draws you into the yard.


So there will be fragrant mock orange and daphne on the left and fragrant sarcocca on the right (can you see its tiny form next to the wheelbarrow?) and a lush rain garden with grasses and sedges that draws you in and points you toward our awesome deck (which is coming soon).

We pretended to have dinner on the deck the other night (before I replaced the fence). It was lovely.

Summer in Oregon, I'm gonna marry you and have a million of your babies.


  1. Wow, it is looking awesome! Mostly I'm soaking up all the GREEN - it has been so dry here, everything is looking really brown and crunchy. I need to transplant some stuff that I've decided I want in the front garden rather than the driveway-side and garage-side gardens, but I'm afraid that I won't be able to keep them wet enough to survive the 90+ degree days we've been having. I want to garden, dammit! I need to call on the rain deities to help me out.

  2. Oh, and P.S. I love your MS Paint work.

  3. Oh man, that sucks. We're just about to hit the time when the lawn will go brown and dry and we'll see if the stuff I've transplanted will make it. I stupidly moved a lupine about a week ago and it essentially gave me the finger. And then died.