You know, the scariest thing my mother-in-law ever said to me was when we were visiting during our engagement... she'd had the TV on while we puttered around together in the kitchen, and she turned and said (in her wonderful southern accent), "Maatha Stewart is mah ihdol." yikes!
Dori, you are NOT Martha... but boy oh boy oh boy... YOU are MY idol!!! I could wander in your garden all day, every day!
Thanks for sharing your June garden with us. I'll be coming back to this winter to enjoy these pictures again & again, both as inspiration and as a good antidote to a grey day. It's raining again today, so this thread was wonderfully well timed!
You took the words out of my mouth critterologist. I'd so much rather visit Dori's garden than Martha's. Everything about this garden delights me! I bet your grandkids love running down the paths and hiding behind the tall plants. The fox tail lilies are outstanding and so are the mixed knautia. Can't wait for the fall photos.
sooooonotMartha. and I couldn't be more delighted. I was especially pleased to see the knautia. it's a plant I wasn't familiar with until I joined DG. I think it's a perfect addition to the cottage garden and I almost forgot I intended to include it. Dori, thanks for the wonderful June tour and the reminder with the lovely knautia. can't wait for July and August.
Thanks everyone-you all make it worth all the work!!!! :)
The weeds-how i hate those!!! I try to stay on top of the weeds as much as possible but they do get in there!!
I have a mantis tiller that I use to keep most out and i hoe the rest!!
Ive already killed a 2cycle mantis-got the 4stroke now! I have tilled for 8hrs straight weather permitting!
ya'll can come see me anytime!!!!! i will send you home with lots of plants!!
i do have knautia to share if anyone needs some! :)
peagravel, my DH knows a guy at the gravel place and he gets like a 1/2 ton for 10.00
he could have shot me when he came home and found i had bought 5lb bags for 3.00 ec
Glad that was one of my fiirst small gardenpaths!!
See all the growth in that gravel-I have to round up every yr to keep weeds and seedlings OUT!
I just tilled under a bunch of the hollyhock babies!
My dh (past 2yrs)has kept the dayliliy gardens tilled between the rows. I do between the plants
He will do one garden project a yr for me-we built the white and black trellis and the GH!
He does help me set up the fountain
I'd be thrilled with 1/2 an acre!!! Our property is 75 x 125 feet, and is enormous compared to the little spot we had in Seattle (however, I did have a true cottage garden!). I have managed to fill up the new place with flower beds in four years. Can't afford to move again so will have to make do!
I do stake the delphiniums becuz it seems that as soon as they are ready to bloom here-its tornado season and we get some very strong winds across those open farm fields and a few tornados(had one at the plant trade 2yrs ago)
ok dave-i do hand weed sometimes-but believe me there are weeds in that there garden! I do my best to keep
them under control-i do have roundup in a 2gallon sprayer! :)
GAG GAG GAG-NO NO martha is NOT my mother!!! GAG i really dont like her!
I do wish i had her Latin gardener though!
Dori, so I guess what you are telling us is to stay ahead of the weeds, don't let them reseed. I have a new hoe that I bought, but did not get a chance to use because of all the health issues I had this year. The hoe has a small V shaped head it should be good getting around the base of the plants.
I prefer to hand pull weeds, for me it is relaxing or should I say it releases any pentup anger.LOL I have a folding garden kneeler with sides that helps me get back up, (bad back ).
Oh my goodness! Those wide open, sunny spaces filled with glory! What a wonderful place you have. Thank you a million times for posting those sunny photos on this gloomy Northwest day. You have a haven in your garden.
Fine Gardening needs to pay you a visit and take a photo op for their magazine! I maintain gardens professionally for a living and in my opinion I think you have even the perennial guru Traci DiSabato-Aust beat by a mile!
If you ever have a plant swap, I will drive from Chicago to attend. I lparticularly love those rose campions.
You're gardens are so wonderfull and beyond words!!!!!
I'm not sure of the etiquette here- I would love to put these photos in my computer files for my own personal enjoyment - one in particular I would like to use as a screensaver . Is that OK with you Notmartha ? Your land looks very flat - it is always a challenge to make a garden in a flat area ,with drainage ,contours etc. and you have created a perfect , incredibly sweet garden of dreams .
Thank you so much for sharing your garden -it is easier to find the photos again if I have them in my own storage system ,and they are just for myself - a bit like my well worn garden books really . I am on farmland too and it is really good soil -I am so fortunate. Your garden is so extensive - what happens to your garden in winter ? Is it covered with snow ?Do you lift your plants to store somewhere ,or is the whole garden re-planted each Spring ? We don't have snow here ,but severe frosts ,and most plants are dormant except camellias and rhododendrons ,so everything is just left in the gardens ,perhaps covered with frost cloth ,so managing an American garden is a new concept for me .