Friday, June 14, 2013

Garden Walkabout . . .

a bit of an overload
of photos for you this morning
but i wanted to show you
what i have been busy with
for the past few weeks.

we live in a fairly small
cape cod cottage style two story home
neighbors nearby although
each of our parcels provides approximately an acre of living
we have large wooded areas at the rear of our properties 
early on i began bordering areas with brick
and creating brick pathways

i bought this new home twenty plus years ago
many of the shrubs and plantings were chosen and planted by me
although some of the large trees were planted by a service
the white pine trees were saplings i dug
from the woods behind me and planted around the property

i have been keeping jack very busy
since we married in nineteen ninety seven
he has to fight me though to drive the lawn tractor
i solve all the problems of the world while i mow

i tend to favor ground covers such as
ivy, pachysandra. ajuga, snow on the mountain and others
friends have shared plantings with me
and i enjoy sharing with them

the first photos above are north of the house
the photo above is a view i have into the backyard
the vine is bittersweet, one of my earliest plantings
my dads favorite so it was a must for me to have

this aged vine winds way up the oak tree
there are several oaks on the property
majestic indeed, i love them until late fall
when the leaves don't stop falling

the farmers in the area clear boulders from the fields
and throw them at the edge of the road for people like me
jack and i have gathered many boulders to use in the gardens

several beds of hosta varieties
can be found in the rear and front gardens

jack has made several garden benches for me
using cement septic covers
he recently moved this bench
from one area to this spot in the back yard
creating something new is such fun

last year i started a new cutting garden
located off the north edge of our screened porch
it is very young and will need more tweaking

i used cocoa bean hulls for bark covering 
as the sprinklers hit the cocoa hulls
the fragrance is of chocolate 
very nice


the lettuce garden is in the black pot on the right
enjoying fresh greens is a great treat

south edge of the house/gardens
large burning bush covers this side of the house

garden house
jack had the frame built
a friend and i laid the stone
we also have a few stones from ireland
placed here and there

the white pine you see are some i moved from the woods
the rhododendrons were gorgeous this year
this is toward the south edge/front

large front garden
annabelle hydrangea is in the area where you see the hummingbird feeder
one of my prides and joys
several other annabelles are planted around the yard

purple plum trees look beautiful with green plantings


 have you ever taken pictures of your
flowers and gardens in the rain
makes everything look such a luscious green

 red twig dogwood in the background
brings some color and contrast

huge space of spirea and pachysandra
i cut back the spirea very low so when it blooms
it looks like a pink blush inside the green ground cover

this entire area
was at one time just black dirt
one flat of pachysandra and look how it multiplies

my one lone poppy
we have very few sunny areas
 i need to move the poppies because
the pine and burning bush are shading them out
white pine needles i saved were used for ground covering

cead mile failte

one thousand welcomes
a bit of the irish welcome
lives in our home and gardens

there you have it

the big chores are behind me
i find that i can tend to the daily weeding as i
 walk around the yard with snickers
she gets her sniffing every blade of grass thing
and i get some bend over exercise

thank you for joining me on my garden tour
welcome to my new followers
thank you for visiting me

Happy Summer Days

Flag Day



eileeninmd said...

Lynne, you have a lovely yard and beautiful gardens. I love the cute bench and sitting area. Everything looks so green and lush! The birds must love your yard. Thanks for the tour. Have a happy weekend!

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a beautiful oasis. Your plant selections and gardens are just outstanding. I must show Chris this post. He is my green thumb having worked at Franks Nursery all through high school and college. Even though I'm not the gardener, I'm in charge of the lawn mowing. I agree, it's amazing how many problems I can solve when I turn on the mower and shut out the world. Hugs!

Pamela Gordon said...

Lynne, your property is so beautiful! I love all the greens and how you've made a very shady yard look so beautiful. Love the septic cover bench! Jack is very creative. I love the brick pathway and the cutting garden. I hope you will share a photo of the front of the house when the hydrangeas are in bloom. Now you can sit back and relax and enjoy the summer after all your hard work. I hope you have a beautiful weekend. Hugs, Pam

Razmataz said...

You have a huge garden. And so beautiful. I love all the different areas and moods you have created. I especially love the red brick paths. So classic.

I noticed in Florida people use a lot of groundcovers instead of lawn now. I need to cover a large front boulevard and I am thinking of pacysandra...if it grows there.

Jill said...

YOU are remarkable! I would love to visit your home park. The most beautiful "park" I have ever seen.

Lynn said...

You can tell your home is your passion, Lynne. It is lovely. Much appreciated the tour and may your weekend also be a happy one.

barb said...

Wow, gorgeous Lynne. To hot and dry here in south dakota. We are lucky to have a petunia by the end of July.

barb said...

Wow, gorgeous Lynne. To hot and dry here in south dakota. We are lucky to have a petunia by the end of July.

barb said...

Wow, gorgeous Lynne. To hot and dry here in south dakota. We are lucky to have a petunia by the end of July.

TexWisGirl said...

my gosh! just gloriously lush! i love the north and how GREEN and thick everything gets! you have a most beautiful yard, trails, natural and cultivated, both!

Missy George said...

WOW..Beautiful..Lush and green for sure..Now you can just sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor..Beautiful

Erin~Just*Grand said...

What a gorgeous garden world you have created! I love the mix of color and texture and the lushness of it all! Beautiful!

MarmePurl said...

A garden tour. How lovely. My fav is the window box!

Nancy said...

Your grounds are magnificent, Lynne. Absolutely beautiful. I'm so glad you shared these photos. The garden shed is just my style. Delightful.

Patti said...

I simply cannot imagine living anywhere that is so green. It is so beautiful. I imagine it is cool and refreshing - and songbirds are singing lovely songs. It is hot here at my mountain home And, there is no shade. Your brick pathways are just wonderful - well, everything is simply breathtaking. Thank you so much for snapping all these photos and putting the up for us to enjoy!

Barb said...

Magazine worthy!

Barb said...

Magazine worthy!

Carol said...

Gorgeous! You certainly have a very green thumb!

Chloe Morrison - Split-site PhD said...

That brick pathway is insane. It is almost like you are getting ready to travel into a magical new world. It is gorgeous. All of these pictures are so brilliant and magical. Thank you so much for posting.

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