Here is the trellis that we brought out of the woods to use this year for tomato plants. It was a gift from my daughter, when we went to a plant-art sale in Rockford. I put it back in the woods, but I was never happy with it because it sort of got lost back there. I thought it too pretty to hide, so this year the tomatoes that will be planted in the containers, will be trained to grow up this trellis. In the fall, I'm planning to cut back our clematis growing on the clothes line prop and replace that wooden trellis with this one.
This is where the birch tree was a week ago. I originallly had hostas planted there and they did so well and really filled in this little garden. They were cut down and trampled when they removed the tree, so I sat there the other night and trimmed away the ragged leaves and just left the perfect ones. Hopefully they will start growing and fill in. I planted some lavender, thyme, and rosemary here as well. I planted a new stonecrop sedum next to a big rock. I'm leaving the space in front of the statue for spring bulbs. I still have lilies to put in the ground. Funny thing...we dug out the lilies before the tree removal and just laid them aside. I had forgotten about them...found them again and they hadn't wilted. Here they were all perked up and growing tall. No soil over them just lying there in the shade...growing. What hardy plants these are. This garden will be filled in by fall...I'm trying to be patient and not plant a bunch of things now...I would like it to be simple and a relaxing place to sit.
Turning the corner from this little garden is our clematis trellis. There are several planted there. I'm hoping that they do better with the tree gone. They have been kind of sparse with their blooms in the past few years. I think that this combination is pretty.
Well, that's about it for this side of the house. I'll keep posting pictures as the Mary's garden grows. Joe put a spot light on the statue last night and he also fixed the lantern lights across the front garden. We like to go out at night and look at them from the street.
Just these simple things feeds my desire to do gardening. I've slowed way down this year, but since I planted things close together...sort of the cottage way.. and with the heavy mulch....there are few weeds to be pulled and also a big bonus...that I don't have to buy plants...just a few for color in containers. I would suggest to gardeners in their 50's to start planting things close and to think about seasons. Plant things that will bloom all through the growing year. I guess something told me a few years ago...Balisha, you aren't going to be able to do all this...you had better plan for the future.So glad I listened.