2014 Garden tour

Welcome! Lets start this tour in the side yard at the arbor.

Every year our yard and garden changes a little, I guess it’s just a natural evolution but this year the harsh winter has taken a toll on many of our plants. Even though we had to remove 2 junipers, 4 hemlocks, 4 boxwoods and 2 cotoneasters, the garden is still so pretty

arbor

 

This is one of my favorite views into our yard. You can see a pink knockout rose through the middle of the arbor. On the right is a ‘Korean Spice’ viburnum underplanted with liriope. On the right is Canterbury Bells  protected from rabbits with wire mesh. I had climbing roses here but I got so tired of powdery mildew and black spot and then rose rosette disease showed up…so they’re gone.side yard with arbor

 

The purple leaves are coral bells ‘Purple Palace’.catmint

 

These huge catmints are on the inside of the arbor. Behind the catmint was a butterfly bush that didn’t survive the winter.fountain

 

Opposite that is this fountain that we’ve had a long, long time and it’s certainly showing its age. I planted New Guinea impatiens in a bright coral because I’m crushing on that color this year.

pink knockout rose clematis

 

This is the big bed beside the shed with pink knockouts and clematis ‘Etiole Violette’.lady's mantel

 

 

Another butterfly bush, beside the purple globe thingy, took a hit from winter but is coming back and filling in that blank space nicely.birdhouse clematis

 

Time to replace that birdhouse…… We’ll have to wait until the current occupants leave.yard

 

One of my favorite trees, Ice Blue Cypress, is shedding needles like never before…..another consequence of the harsh winter. cedar

 

I asked an arborist about this and he said that after it’s done shedding it will slowly fill in.

I could never plant impatiens before because rabbits would end up eating them, but this year there doesn’t seem to be as many rabbits eating everything is sight. They should fill in nicely.

knockout rose

 

 

This is the back of the house, there’s a red knockout and Gold Flame spirea.pink lemonade honeysuckle

 

Beside the spirea is pink lemonade honeysuckle growing on a wooden arbor made by my stepfather.

row of hemlocks

 

Across the back edge of our property is where the row of hemlocks are. You can see where we planted arborvitae in a space where they died. Eventually we will replace all the hemlocks. Because of wooly adelgid disease, Canadian Hemlocks aren’t recommended any more for planting in the north east.

arborvitea

 

Looking the opposite direction.

border vegetable garden

 

The arrow is pointing to another spot where we removed more hemlocks and planted arborvitae. This picture is the outer edge of the vegetable garden. The wooden things are DIY’d tomato cages.

There was nothing here when we built this house and we planted everything! Pretty crazy! Now, it’s a lot of work, but know what? I love it. Most days you will find me with dirty knees and dirt under my fingernails. If I had more space I’d plant more!

You can see lots more garden pictures HERE.

I’ll be showing the vegetable garden, the front yard  and the patio soon. What are you planting this year?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

3 thoughts on “2014 Garden tour

  1. what a beautiful garden. I love being outside in my garden. yours is beautiful. I cut my butterfly bushes down in right before winter and have never had a problem with them coming back each year. Did you build those wooden tomato cages? they look a whole lot better then the wire one’s that I use. Happy Summer …and gardening!

  2. Amazing gardens! Do you do all of this yourself? I feel bad about the trees that are dying all over New England. I can look out any window and see trees affected. it’s really going to change the look again just as losing the Elms did over the past fifty years. Your fireplace is now over 400 pins!

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