Monday, May 19, 2014

The Prairie/Rock Garden is Taking Shape

I have been spending a lot of time out at the land as we build our home. As such, I spend a good deal of my time near this Prairie/Rock Garden I built last summer. I am so happy I put it in so that I can enjoy its beauty because it is a spot of tranquilness in all the wildness of our land. By tranquil I mean it is 'cultivated'. Those of you with wild gardens will understand my need for cultivation. Sometimes wild is great (I love it too!) but sometimes wild is just-wild and not really a garden at all. Well, this side of the garden area is finally looking like a garden. The above view is looking west and shows the sloping land fairly well. Our house is going to be built to the right of this picture up on the hill in the field. Behind me is the 'Wildflower Hill'.
Here we are looking north from the gazebo. I have spent some time weeding here by pulling mainly wild garlic from the bed. Other than that the mulch and newspapers has helped to make this a true garden bed and not just an area with some perennials. We have in this bed: amsonias, baptisias, asters, Tartarian asters, helianthus, catmint, salvias, daylilies, liatris, compass plants, Japanese anemones, Culver's Root, obedient plant, geraniums, spirareas, gladiolus, creeping phlox, sundrops primrose, coreopsis, hyssop, and heucheras.
The cultivated area of this garden bed is divided by stepping stones. Here we step over the stepping stone path to the wild area next to a vernal pond. I have not planted anything in this area due to the native wildflowers such as hawkweed (blooming yellow flowers), American Columbo, and others. Tree roots also tend to get in the way. I did however plant about 20 azaleas in this area and I am happy to report they are doing well and bloomed this year.
Looking down from the top of the hill and the front of the bed we see this is a rather large bed area and while it does not have much color right now, there is some foliage. Including the old ratty foliage of tulips. I wish tulips would just fade away gently like Virginia bluebells tend to do.
I planted two 'Glow Girl' spiraeas sent to me by Proven Winners last spring. These spiraeas are doing really well and the chartreuse foliage looks great in this bed because it provides a bit of excitement.

One last picture of is 'Lemon Drops' Oenothera primrose. These were given to me by my friend Angie and I am happy to report they are doing awesomely in the Prairie/Rock Garden....

in the garden....

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  1. Can't wait to see this area over the seasons and as it matures. Love the foliage on your new spirea! Garlic mustard must like cold winters--I've been pulling it everywhere this spring, too.

  2. Taking shape indeed! The gardens are looking great!

  3. Your hard work is paying off in beauty!!

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  4. Hallo, your new garden is coming along nicely. I am jealous of all the space you have for it! Loved your Oenothera primrose. Mine's disappeared for some reason (probably lack of space). Enjoy the summer and wishing you a "green thumb" for the remainder of your garden landscaping. Best wishes from Germany, Andrea

  5. This garden looks great but will look even more marvelous as time evolves.

  6. Glow Girl is looking mighty happy in her spot! This garden is doing great and so happy I was able to see this one take shape in person as well as this blog!

  7. That is a great feature and it looks kind of wild still. :-) You have a great variety of wildflowers and the million plant you're moving. Enjoy!

  8. Tina I love the look of this garden on your land...wonderful garden so far