I wanted to share some- things seem to be evolving daily and I still have so much to do out there.
Queen of the Seas today..very tall and pretty right now
Recent pics of my garden
Looking great, Noreaster. And your Liberty is looking really good even if Big Daddy is slower.
over on the left of that bed is the start of the new bed where the tree fell last year. I have it marked off with tape- I am working on constructing a tiered wall out of real stone and some man made (ok, woman made- me!- "stones"). The hosta that several DG'ers so generously sent me last year will be going here.
small bed with Barbara Ann, June, and Silver moon in the pot. Barbara Ann did the drawstringing thing again, which is a huge bummer. So did El Nino. I think it was all the rain....neither did it last year, which was a much drier Spring. Silver Moon was new last year and increased tremendously! there is almost no info online about it so I have no idea what to expect. June has bigger leaves and just always looks good.
Nice Remember Me. How long have you had it?
And speaking of drawstring, my Karin is showing bad signs of it this year.
Thanks, Ann. I think Remember Me is five years old now...maybe 4. Almost all my white edged ones looks lousy this year.
I always enjoy your pictures of your gardens. I wish I had the knack and the back to do all of the stone work that you add to your beds! They look so pretty and interesting.
June Moon is going on my wish list!
Noreaster, your hostas are just beautiful. Gives me hope that my storm damaged babies will come back fine next year and look beautiful again. (They're standing up straighter now and starting to get new leaves, so already they don't look quite as awful as they did just after the storm.)
I know I've said it before, but your 'Thunderbolt' is the reason I bought one this year--it's amazing. Have you found it to be a reasonably fast grower? I've heard that it is. Mine's a single eye but already very attractive. I can't wait for the day it's even half as nice as yours.
I'm sure you don't get sick of hearing this, so I'll say it again--your hosta beds are gorgeous. I love the design, stone work, the fountain, everything. I'd be in hosta heaven in a yard like yours. :)
Noreaster, your garden is indeed stunning. Thanks for sharing. I love your new fountain, in fact love it all.
But where is a shot of you all kitted out wearing your headlamp and holding your lethal spray bottle out in the dead of the night and sneaking around trying to kill those nasty slimy evil slugs? Priceless. Patti
Thank you for the tour! I enjoyed seeing your yard and love your fountain stone. You have given me some great ideas.
Everything is looking fantastic! Great job on the fountain!
Thanks, everyone. I'll post some updated pics soon...my FIL is coming over tomorrow to help me work on the tiers for the new bed on the slope where the tree was.
Patti, no pics of me in my slug gear exist- I am very fast and stealthy! The slug hunting is going very well, actually. I haven't even been going out every night and things are in great shape. I tell you, they love that lettuce and will eat every scrap of it. The only thing I notice is that the pill bug compete with the slugs for it.
Here are a few from the past few days.
Stained Glass at twilight...this one does get slug damage. Next year it gets a copper collar for sure. Blue Hawaii looking frosty behind it. This bed now gets a lot of morning sun since the guy behind us cut all his trees out. I'm trying to get some vines going on the fence to keep Blue Hawaii Blue
My baby- Thunderbolt again. This one stands out to me from wherever I am in the yard, and even the kitchen window...it seems to look better every day. I said to my husband the other day, "Todd, doesn't Thunderbolt look amazing?" And he said, "They have names?" I think he must have thought I have pet nicknames for them all, lol
Kayly, it has a reputation for being slow and/or difficult but hasn't been that way for me. It was a little slow, but has grown noticably every year.
Here is the other Remember Me, also doing quite well despite pretty bad conditions with that birch. Love Pat, too. I've got white bridal veil astilbe in there behind Love Pat that is covered with buds right now and for the first year the horrid tarnished plant bug seems to NOT be destroying them, knock on wood. So I should have a pretty show and I'll post pics when they bloom.
Just lovely! Manhattan is doing very well. I love the texture of it! Thanks again!! I wish I had written down the names of the NOIDs that you helped me identify when you were here. I should have known better than to think I will remember!
These three were flattened by the storm last year and we had a close call yesterday. The sky went black and the winds got all crazy and my husband I both thought we were in for a repeat performance. luckily, no hail this time. The wind did bend them all back and mess up Parhelion again, but nothing is snapped, so that's good. Here is a shot before the storm. I have three Parhelions, all in what I consider well protected spots, and they all get trashed in the wind. I'm starting to think the super big leaved ones are just not worth it.
I still think Regal Splendor is a bit smaller this year and saw a hole nearby- not sure if it's a vole hole or chipmunks
Your garden is beautiful. It is nice seeing it again in all of its' glory!
Noreaster, have you had chipmunks dig under your hostas? We had a bunch of them here in the yard but I started trapping and relocating them early this spring before they could breed. They seem to be gone now, which is surprising--I thought I'd never get rid of them. But I went to Amazon and ordered a little chipmunk trap called Happy Trap and caught about 5 of them plus one mouse and a couple of sparrows. I relocated them all to a spot near the river but over a mile away from my house. My kids now refer to the spot as Chipmunk Haven.
Kayly, I do have a ton of chipmunks and they are currently tunneling under my north side bed, which is also known as "the vole bed". Normally I don't worry about them so much because I don't find that they eat plants....but I do worry that their incessant tunneling maked the vole's work easier. I honestly don't think I could get rid of them if I tried, though...there are just too many now. And I have to admit, we once had a chipmunk family- mom and babies- in a hole outside our bedroom window. I used to watch the mom head out and bring back food for her babies. We used to try trap and relocation, but it bothered me to think that we would catch a mom and relocate her away from her babies. I'm a softie, I know! For the most part, they really don't bother me or the plants. I don't grow bulbs, and the biggest problem I had with the chippers was them stealing all the Sluggo, back when I still used it.
Here are a couple recent pics
My favorite combo in the whole garden is these three greens. I am just loving Lily Pad.