Monday, September 5, 2016

It's done! (?)

I have been hearing from a few of you that I have been remiss in updating you all on the progress of the garden. Looking at the date and subject of my last post, that certainly seems to be the case. Plenty of stories I could tell about what to do and what not to do, what went right and what went wrong, and a million other things. Maybe at some point I will fill you in. But for now here are some pictures of what is an almost complete project. There is still a very short punch list, but it is done enough that it actually feels done. And with the glorious weather this long holiday weekend we have really been enjoying it.

Most of the perennials got planted midsummer just as the real heat was settling in so many didn't survive and the ones that did look a little worse for wear. It will be nice to see everything come up next spring.

The outdoor furniture is the Palissade line from Hay purchased through MOMA. They were designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

We also have water lilies that are white with a hint of pink, pink, and kind of a deep pink. They are only open from morning until about three in the afternoon and the blooms only last a day. With so little else blooming right now, it's quite fun to look each morning to see what colors are open.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Green stuff arrives

It is shockingly tedious sometimes to weed through progress photos and put them into some sort of blog narrative that might be interesting. It can be overwhelming enough that one puts it off another day and then another, and then more pictures are added and the whole thing just snowballs. So rather than let the crushing weight of too many photos keep me from posting an update, I decided to just give you a bit of a photo dump (a fraction of what is available) and let them populate the screen according to the whims of Blogger and the image numbering system.

42 yew hedges show up

Some other things show up on the yew hedge truck.

I really like the foliage on this Camellia 'Winter's Snowman'

The yews lining up in their final positions.

The espaliered Malus 'Gala' waiting to be planted and unfurled.

Hellaborus planted in the Library Border waiting for some ferns to join them.

Eventually, these yews will knit together and make a single hedge.

Our new street tree arrives. A Ginko. Slow growing with an open canopy.

Planted and unfurled.

It looks like the yard has acne. Notice the newly installed fence providing a lovely backdrop.

Notice the partially completed Urn Terrace in the foreground.

It is nice to finally see some green to offset all the grey stone.

Bluestone waiting to become a terrace.

Friday, June 24, 2016

What's in a name?

As I began posting about the planting schemes for various parts of the yard I realized that John and I were going to need some sort of shared understanding of what we were calling each part of the yard. With so many new beds and nooks and crannies, I imagined a nightmare as we tried to communicate something about some part of the yard and having to spend way too much time explaining which bit we were talking about. Especially since I won't remember the names of plants as well as John and I pictured myself constantly saying "you know, the green thing over by the stone thingy" or something like that.

With John's input and cooperation, I came up with names for each of the unique areas of the yard. Although some of these areas will be similarly planted to some of their neighbors, they do each represent different planting schemes, locations, topography, etc.

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I tried to come up with names that were descriptive and not too cute.

1. Perennial Meadow
2. Front Border
3. Library Border
4. Arbor Walk
5. Pot Terrace (no, not what you are thinking)
6. Apple Walk
7. Urn Terrace
8. Urn Border
9. Magnolia Hill
10. Magnolia Corner
11. Hornbeam Hill
12. Hornbeam Row
13. Oak Corner
14. Pond Terrace
15. Terrace
16. Herb Garden
17. Kitchen Border

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June isn't busting out all over

Normally a lot would be happening in the front garden. And I guess it was--albeit completing untended this year--until this week.

Last week

Last week


An almost clean slate

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

plant list : The Library Border

The little sliver of border just outside the windows of the library is on the northeast side of the house and is pretty shady. We are planning a profusion of hellebores and Japanese Beech Ferns. I imagine this is a bed we will play with over the years, adding and subtracting various varieties. But for now, we have a list of nine different varieties that we are getting from Pine Knot Farms near Clarkesville, Virginia. 

5 x Hybridus PK Select Bicolour
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)

5 x Sahinii 'Winterbells'
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)

5 x Hybridus NGN SIN Appleblossom Strain
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)

5 x 'Pippa's Purple'
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)

3 x 'Apricot Blush'
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)
3 x 'Ruby Wine'
(photo Pine Knot Farms)

3 x 'Amethyst Glow'
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)

3 x 'Jade Star'
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)

3 x Double 'Jade Tiger'
(photo: Pine Knot Farms)

30 x Phegopteris decursive-pinnata (Japanese Beech Fern)