We got our first real summer weather this weekend! It was sunny and 85 and perfect. Greg and I hit up the "Naturescaping for backyard habitats
" garden tour through EMSWCD
. They showcased six homes where people had achieved the gold or platinum status from the Audubon Society
. There were some really beautiful gardens . . . and there were some really sloppy ones. It turns out I like my gardens a little tidier than some folks. I was sort of bummed about that at first, especially since I'm always telling people, "I like it wild!"
I like it wild but only in a controlled manner, apparently. This comes as a surprise to absolutely no one.
I did come away with an overwhelming need to obtain some meadow rue. It's the airy, lacy, beautiful stuff on the top of this photo and it makes me DROOL.
|Thalictrum occidentale. Crappy photo courtesy of my phone.|
Then I spent all of Sunday taking the leftover stones from the dogbone
and using them to define the hillocks in the backyard. The grass has a way of trying to creep up into the beds.
As I'm sure you've noticed, my camera can't take a sharp picture to save its life. I keep cleaning the lens to varied effect. I think it's the universe telling me to buy a nicer one?
I packed the spaces between the retaining stones with mulch to try and stave off the encroaching grass. It won't work but it should slow it down.
It was tricky under the hemlock (Is it a hemlock? Shit if I know.) because you don't want to bury the roots of the tree or you'll suffocate it. And then it will fall on your house. I had already stupidly dumped soil and mulch on top of the area beneath the tree last summer. We wanted the stones to look like were actually retaining something, which meant scootching some of that soil and mulch down toward the stones, hopefully giving the root system more air. Or not. Anybody know how to remedy this?
The blurry photos, they make me so sad. The lack of varied color in this area makes me sad as well.
I'm liking the formality of the retaining stones so much that I'm tempted to continue some sort of boundary in the new raised bed area. It would really tie the whole yard together.
I also brought the center curve out a bit, making it easier to mow around it and giving us a spot for the old birdbath.
My freakshow bulb
I'm having a love affair with fringecups. The cups start out green, fade to white, then turn pink. They are gorgeous.
My dianthus bloomed again, making it totally worth the $2.99 I spent at Home Depot last summer.
And my Farewell to Springs bloomed this weekend! Oregon, LISTEN TO THE WILDFLOWER. No more rain, please. It's time for summer.