A shot from last week, before 5 days of mid-90 temps left everything looking significantly wilted. This garden has really come into its own this year. It was planted autumn of 2011, so is headed toward the two-year mark (just long enough for me to discover all the mistakes made)! I’ll be yanking some things up in the fall, like the lamb’s ears, which has grown like a bad weed. More on the history and making of this garden later, with some ‘before’ pix.
The oakleaf hydrangea at the far right had pure, sparkling white blooms earlier this year and has now moved into that delicious pink stage. This plant lived in a pot for 4 years, sorely neglected, and really looked pathetic when planted a year and a half ago. I pruned it hard last year and it branched out beautifully. This spring it bloomed for the first time, much to my delight. Now it’s looking like a star performer instead of an abandoned orphan. Yay! (and by next year it’ll probably eat up that whole garden area and I’ll be regretting my decision to put it there). Live and learn, plant now and regret later! …and prune, prune, prune!
The dark green vines growing on the pergola way at the back of the garden are hops (no, I don’t brew beer). They really provide nice cover overhead and protection from the setting sun in the west, behind the pergola. They were a gift from a friend in Yakima, WA, and arrived last spring in a priority mail box, swathed in wet paper towels and in a huge zip-lock bag. It was a gnarled, rooty mess and they were just starting to put out sprouts. If you’ve never seen them growing (and you CAN see them growing, almost, inches a day), the flowers look sorta like tiny pale green pine cones. They are a herbaceous perennial (humulus lupulus) and grow swiftly on twine staked to the ground and tied at the top of the pergola. End of the season (if there’s no one wanting the hops), you just cut them down and pitch them in the compost pile, jute twine and all!
PS – Yes, there is a fence garden 1. Stay tuned…