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My Garden in June

Now that I've been spending so much time in the garden, I'm ready to show it off a little. Here's what it looks like today, in a shot taken from my back deck. If you look very carefully, you'll see Clio-the-cat sitting on the path at the center left of the photo.

You are looking at alchemilla mollis (the green frothy stuff), perennial geraniums (the light pink and purpley blue clumps), japanese iris, a pink peony, Tiffany rose, centranthus (red valerian and a white one - the white frothy stuff). Obviously, I'm fond of frothy stuff. The orange rose in the background at the top right is "Royal Sunset" climbing variety, and if I could have just one rose that would be it. In the bed at the very top, the white mound is parahebe caractacus; at the very back are more geraniums, more alchemilla mollis (self sown), and you might just be able to make out an astrantia, pale pinky white in the top left. That bed is partial shade, whereas the main perennial bed is mostly full sun.


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Jun. 19th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
So pretty! I'm in awe :-) I have a small area I keep trying to get wildflowers to grow in - sort of along the same lines with roses at the back only not as prettily composed. But the wildflowers reseed so inconsistently that the cheatgrass always seems to win. I'm considering chemical warfare and then one of those wildflower 'mats'. The area in question is the one over the utility lines so I can't dig down into it at all. It's very frustrating.
Jun. 20th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
I think your experience with a "wildflower meadow" is typical. Sometimes they come back maybe one year, but it just doesn't seem to happen that you'll have this lovely bank of freely flowering reseeding things that you won't have to do anything to! What you might try is some annuals, like cosmos, or poached egg flower, or california poppy, or field poppies which DO tend to reseed fairly reliably. Try mounding up topsoil before you plant if you're not able to dig down - this will help keep the grass out, too.

Anyway, my garden shots are all very carefully composed - you can't see the chaos around the corner ;-)
Jun. 20th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Beautiful, and I've been lucky enough to see it in real time too! I can attest to the desirability of Royal Sunset--two of those blooms from this same garden scented my living room for almost a week (finally gave them up today).

Jun. 20th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm so glad they were a success!
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