Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Other Front

Well, at least the other side of my front bed.  In contrast to the yellow border that comprises the right side of my front landscaping, the left side (as you view it) is mostly a succession of reds.  The view recently, in late June is certainly red and green as shown below, the red provided by the second blooms of roses 'Champlain' and 'Hunter' in the background, and Monarda 'Jacob Cline' in the mid-picture, self-seeding madly.  If the picture was large enough, you could see a burgundy Knautia macedonica sticking out behind 'Hunter'.  The picture is clear enough, however, to probably discern the light blue native Salvia in front, Salvia azurea, that I also allow to self-seed anywhere it wants.

When the season first began however, in March, it was only the Red Peach tree showing color, with a few minor daffodils sticking their yellow heads out as shown below.  It is always stunning to me how sparse is the March look of this bed, and how bountiful it is in June.

It then moves on to "first bloom" in April, the red of the roses and the burgundy of 'Wine and Roses' Weigela mixing in a monochromatic theme. Okay, maybe there are a few blue and purple irises and yellow rose Morden Sunrise mixing up the foreground.



Then later, in May, the line of peonies in front pops out even while the roses are still blooming (below).  The peonies add pink and light pink and red (the latter from peony 'Kansas') into the mixture.  And oh, how those deep purple irises show up!  'Wine and Roses' has faded to a burgundy blog in the center.



As the peonies fade, by early June, this garden again (below) goes back to just roses as shown in the first picture above.  The view from the opposite side, in late June, looking out from the front door, is still mostly red and green, but here you can see the stepping stones that are hidden by the lush front display.  There is no hint yet of the white 'David' phlox in the foreground, blooming now only a week after this last picture was taken.  I'll show the phlox and the fall look at the sedums in this bed in a later picture.  All have their season to shine, each and every plant.  Another season, passing away into next year's promises.

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful succession of blooms in your bed. And I love that deep purple iris! I'm surprised that your Salvia azurea is already blooming - that seems early for it, even in this early blooming year.

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    1. It is early. Normally around the 4th, I cut it back to make it bloom more compactly. This year I cut it back in the 1st week of June because it was forming buds. Didn't stop it from blooming, but it is a lot bushier.

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  2. Did the 'Josee' lilac survive the move from this bed?

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    1. It has...although I keep having to watch it and provide extra water about every other week.

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  3. Nice succession. My laptop crashed when I got home Monday night and haven't been able to post. It was nice to see your garden in person.

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  4. Nice succession. My laptop crashed when I got home Monday night and haven't been able to post. It was nice to see your garden in person.

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