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Thanks, pirl -- On your suggestion, here are some pics of my gardens over the 2011 season! I sure enjoyed choosing them -- it's easy to forget just how beautiful our gardens are during these quiet months. Would love to see pics of other gardens too -- just putting together ideas for next year's beds -- Dax
Beautiful. Your photos look like you advise Fine Gardening but your dog is the tell-tale sign that it's your gardens. I love each and every photo. You've achieved that dreamy look we gardeners cherish.
Your big sweeping curves are perfect!
Very well done! I'm so glad I asked and you posted.
Wow, Thank you, Dax! Very very beautiful! How many acres do you have?
on the "street bed in early summer"---what is the yellow blooming background planting?
on the "patio containers and beds in fall"---what variety of coleus is that in the center (bronze/orange/red)?
on the "love this fall combo"---what is the huge white blooming shrub/vine/plant?
I love how your dog appears in so many of the photos---so cute.
Thanks so much for your kind comments -- the gardens are my church, and you can see I spend alot of time there -- what a blessing to be retired! To answer your questions, kosk--, we have 3 acres, of which I've put in about an acre and a half. So there's plenty to play with in the future.
The sunny yellow plants with the Baptisia are called Sun Drops - Oenothera tetragona - a midwestern native. It needs no care, is drought tolerant, and blooms for about 3-4 weeks beginning in early June. It reaches 2-3 feet, and naturalizes, which is why I have large banks of it. It needs sun, and I do keep it in line by pulling out the stragglers in the fall after it has gone dormant. Here's a close-up pic --
I'm sorry, but I just picked up about 10 different kinds of coleus at a local sale last spring, so I don't know it's particular name -- but here is a better photo -- maybe you can find it on-line, is there a coleus thread?
And the brilliant white blooming vine is a Clematis "Sweet Autumn." Unbelievably robust if it likes where it's planted, that is 1 year of growth -- I cut it back to the ground each spring. It also has a sweet fragance that is heaven. Here's a pic from the front in August -- it's actually growing over an arbor seat --
Thanks again for the interest and questions -- it is much appreciated
Oooh, thanks, pirl. Looks like it can only be propagated by cuttings, rather than seeds. I'll have to try and find one this season and propagate it to get more. I love starting coleus from seed---so easy, very gratifying.
Dax...wow, such great photos. What a lovely garden. Just love your pix of chelone, I hardly ever see it, is it easy to grow? And which aster is that in mid-fall beauty, so pretty. Is that the fragrant oenothara? (pretty pretty pretty). Thanks for posting your photos especially when it's so dreary outside. Kathy
Thanks again, everyone -- pirl, you always have SOO much knowledge - now I know which coleus to look for next spring -- and kosk - WOW -- I'm haven't attempted to propogate - I admire your expertise --
Per your questions, Kathy -
The chelone is a native here in Iowa, and so incredibly easy -- likes partial shade - gets to about 2 1/2 feet - regular moisture - deer avoid. I divided those two in the front bed last year, and here is a pic from this fall in the "Abandoned Farmstead" woodland with a Great Blue Lobelia (another native) in front of it.
The aster is "Eventides," (although the light makes them kind of rose, they are really a bright violet) and is also easy. However, the pic is of 2 plants, and the blooms are so heavy that they need to be staked to keep them up. Here is a close-up - my favorite part of them is that they will attract dozens of butterflies to them during the fall. There are at least 6 butterflies in the pic, but most have their wings up so are difficult to see -- very COOL!
And no, these oenothara aren't fragrant - or not that I've noticed -- here's a long shot from the street in June -- can't believe, looking at the empty beds now, that such a full garden was there just a few months ago -- ain't nature amazing?
Nature IS amazing! I just love your yard, Dax! I wish I had 3 acres. Only have 2. I want more, more, more. Dream of buying neighbor's horse pasture some day adjacent to our lot. However, it's completely flooded right now, so might not be the best thing to buy. Flooding in Oregon, might get a whole lot worse unless this torrential rain backs off.
Kosk- Flooded land should sell cheap! Take a picture tomorrow, then when you go to negotiate whip it out and ask for a discount. Then plant Calla Lilies, Bog Rosemary, and Trollius, and Bog Sage. All gorgeous flowers. Blueberries should do well there too.
dax, Absolutely beautiful g. arden and great photos. I too hope you find time to send more. We have had a warmer than normal winter until this week.Got down to 3.8 degrees a couple of nights and only up to 4 or 5 degrees in daytime,with a north wind most of the time. Today is much warmer now at 10;30 am it is above 32 degrees for the first time this week. We have now about 7 or 8 inches of snow, 3plus inches of new snow last night. I only shoveled a small space on my deck to scatter some bird seed and wheat for the quail. So now that it is a little warmer I better go shovel some more space for my puppy to go outside. at least it has been cold enough so that the snow is dry and light to lift.
Dax...gosh, didn't realize that Chelone and Lobelia were native there, lol, guess they have to be from somewhere. And I just love the Oenothara pix, is so inviting. And all those large trees, if there are any extras please send, lol. Only have 2 blue spruce. Who ever lived here before me didn't bother to plant any, can't figure that one out, you think some would have been planted to block that summer sun. Got a few ready to go into the ground this spring and will get more bt I love the pix of yours. Thanks for sharing your photos, got any more? Kathy.
Well, it's another day not fit for outside moseying, so I'll send out a few more pics from last year -- and I'm looking forward to trying lupine next year -- I'm hearing a range from large beds to no luck growing -- we'll see if I have any luck -- thanks for all the advice!
Anyway, we were so blessed to have a previous owner that loved gardening, and put in lindens, oaks, ash, cherry, spruce, and arborvitae, as well as lilac shrubs. So they are all beautifully mature - 80 - 100 feet. I don't know what I'd do without the trees. You can see them (or their trunks) in almost all the pics. But the 1 acre meadow also gives us a great area of sun.
I've added all the new conifers and trees, as well as the perennial beds and water feature --
And a final late fall pic in the sun -- it is a section of the new conifer bed. The huge sunflower in the back is a volunteer (as far as I'm concerned)!! I just went into the prairie area last fall, and threw seeds around -- no prep, no weeding, no watering, no nothing. It is nature's greatest accomplishment, in my opinion --
Looks like Heaven to me. Gotta tell you, this made my day. Here in KY. it is cold and grey. Seeing your beautiful peaceful gardens brought joy to my heart. Good job...A real piece of Heaven. Thank you so much for sharing. Lesley
Thanks SO MUCH for the kind words -- I found that fountain in Missouri "World Emporium" in October -- everything was half price and I couldn't resist it. You should have seen me and my BF loading it onto the back seat of my car -- 2 old ladies, 1 heavy fountain -- it was hilarious - fortunately a couple of the men around came running to help - they probably thought we were going to have heart attacks with all the huffin and puffin --
That's what I also love about gardening -- there are so many great memories (many very funny!) Gardeners have the best laughs in the world --
Here's a pic from the first year I had it -- you can see it's nice shape --
Dax, your gardens are beautiful! Our deer population here in our community would have a feast on your Hostas. How many years have you been working to get your gardens looking this full? Do you buy new plants each year or just keep dividing a lot of what you already have? Everything looks so lush and healthy. I love how you added that cobalt blue fountain..
Thanks so much for the kind words -- I just do what I love -- and my garden is my church -- I'm beginning a patriotic bed this year as my son is now a proud Marine, and we are so proud of him -- so stay tuned for some pics in the fall -- it will be a red, white, and blue (mostly perennials) bed in honor of America and the Marines -- Dax
I always enjoy your garden pictures, it looks like a lot of hours of care. I hope you take time to smell the roses. Know when I take the time to snap some pics I have visual proof of the beauty of it all. It makes time spent tending worth the effort.
I know exactly what you mean -- right now, I'm spending full days in the woodland, preparing the beds for the season. It's not work when you get to be surrounded by this beauty as you're weeding, mulching, and edging -- here are some pics from yesterday, since I know if I don't take any, it will have changed next week -- the iris are blooming, as are the Dame's Rocket (I know they're invasive, but soooooo lovely). I'll be up in those woods for another couple days -- I love it!! The covered bed is a new one I'll be putting in later in the fall. I cover new beds for awhile, just so they can cook and cogitate. Grasses and native forbs will eventually surround the old tiller. -- Dax
Dax..you are so creative and seeing your pictures made my day! How many years have you been creating this masterpiece? Do you have some type of landscape design degree? Does DH help you in the gardens beside mowing? I notice that a lot of people in the midwest areas use the red cypress mulch..Here on the east coast, it is not used a lot..it adds color but how does it hold up compared to shredded hardwood mulch? I love Hershey cocoa bean mulch and it smells like Chocolate but has a tendency to get moldy with a lot of rainfall..also more expensive than shredded hardwood.
I see you grow Coreopsis "Cream Brulea" I grow the Zagreb variety but have been hearing several people on the DG website brag on "Cream Brulea" What's it's growing habit compared to the Zagreb or Moonbeam?
Hi, Pippi -- Can't believe it's already September! My plans got changed (as many did) as we moved into drought -- I ended up not planting either bed, and instead potted up all the plants and kept them on the patio all summer so I could water them. Hopefully, I'll be able to plant them this Fall -- so far August and Sept. have at least kept up, but we still need to make up about 9 inches. Yuck! So I spent this year just keeping stuff alive.
Anyway, thought I'd post a few pics since the gardens were still beautiful -- thanks to those drought tolerant superheroes -- since I didn't supplement any woodland beds or meadow beds.
Pippi, - Thanks! I don't have any degrees, just am retired and so have the luxury of doing exactly as I'd like -- and that's spend LOTS of time outside in the garden. I began gardening in 2005, so am just coming up to 8 years. My DH is a Science Fiction nerd and has no interest in gardening - but as he says, he helps tremendously by supporting anything I want to do. I use the red mulch only for paths to add color, and need to renew each year just because the color fades so much. I use hard wood mulch or straw for all the beds. All the woodland beds have a 7/8 page layer of newspapers under the mulch, which almost completely eliminates the need for weeding.
I love CB because it is the improved Moonbeam, so much stronger, denser foliage, and reblooms dependably throughout the summer. It sounds quite similar to Zagreb -- I'll have to try it.
Here's a few pics from last May. It was a great start to the season. I'll be adding more in the next week or so --
Dax..forgot to tell you how adorable the Fairy Garden area was...quite a conversation piece..What a great idea to use the red mulch just for color in paths..I would have never thought of that..As I said, red mulch is not used in our area much..most hardwood or shredded variety. With all that property, you don't have deer around? Gosh, they would really enjoy all those hostas you have..that must be their favorite plant..A neighbor of ours on next court but I see the back of her house from my sunroom had the most beautiful hostas and she faithfully sprayed with Liquid Fence almost every other day, but they had a family critis and didn't get to spray and she went out one morning and saw where Bambi had made a visit to the hosta bed and chomped almost all of them down..She called the man that does her planting and mulching and asked him to come dig the rest of them up, Bambi had defeated her. She calls me next and asked if I wanted what was left. I'd asked when she divided them to think of me..and she did..what a way to divide. He left her one whole one and part of another one..Her hostas were to die for..beautiful, lush and some were as large a tire. They had been her babies and she takes such great care of her flowerbeds..she really felt defeated. I took what she gave me and divided them and have managed to make about 6 plants, I know that 3 or 4 have new leaves out and two must bloom later..Since I don't know what varieties they are, I can't tell which one blooms when. I felt quilty taking them from her, in her devastation.
I'm going to share a few with a new gardening friend at the upcoming plant swap next week..I know they'll get a good home with a fenced yard..
Dax, I saw that Token from Gardenweb.com wintersowing forum has grown Coreopsis "mahagany Midget" It's kind of crimson color..that would be something different..
Coreopsis is so easy to grow and divide..some don't dig up the entire plant, they shovel prune it and it comes back beautfiully for them. I always dig the entire plant up but maybe I'll try their method the next time.