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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Molineaux was the first rose I ever planted back in 2002. The color (that cannot be captured in a photograph) and the fragrance were so beautiful that it inspired me to plant roses throughout my garden.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
How to Protect the Vegetable Garden from the Groundhog, Part 2: Adding Chicken Wire and Gates to an Open Post and Rail Fence
When originally conceived, the Children's Garden was going to be a place to grow creative things with the children, like a tee pee made of vines, which we did the first year, and other beds planted and maintained by the children. Thus, the original fencing around the garden was a post and rail fence with three open entryways without gates, which you can see here. The only part of the garden remaining from that original conception is my older daughter's flower garden in the upper left hand corner. Over time, the children's interest in growing vegetables increased, so we replaced the short raised beds with extra-tall raised beds, which you can see and read about here. The extra-tall raised beds improved our vegetable production significantly, but as a result, we also attracted more pests, particularly those hungry, no-good rabbits and groundhogs.
*A Chicken Wire Raised Bed Cover
*Keeping the Deer Out of the Backyard: the Deer Fence
*Keeping the Groundhog Out of the Cutting Garden
Friday, June 19, 2009
This month's Garden Bloggers' Design Workshop at Gardening Gone Wild is on Front Yards. This was one of the topics last year, and given what a common design challenge it is, they've decided to revisit it. Last year, I posted the saga of how I've continued to change my front yard garden from something that was once unremarkably suburban to a series of mixed borders. You can read that prior post here. For this year's workshop, I thought I'd share some hard-earned lessons on a particular design challenge that I've faced, but is not usually addressed in gardening books or magazines: the downward sloping front yard garden.
If I tell you that I live on a hill, then you probably imagine a house on the top of a hill. If you don't have a flat front yard, it's more likely that you have an upward sloping one. But what if you have a downward sloping one? How can you make it as beautiful and as inviting as any other? Here are some of the design elements that have worked for me:
1. Add a street-level garden to beautify your neighborhood and add some privacy. While I can appreciate a beautifully manicured lawn, it just doesn't provide the same effect when you live on a downward slope. I have a small section of lawn between the street and a mixed border, which is the top of a garden that extends down the slope to the driveway, called Goldberry Hill.
2. Add a staircase to your front door. An important element for all front yard gardens is to be welcoming to visitors. One of the best ways to do that is to make it an easy and obvious way to get to your front door. When you live on a downward slope, the best way to do this is to add a staircase. We have a bluestone staircase, which I love: it is weather-proof and will last forever, it is not slippery when wet, and it aesthetically blends in with the garden. There are plantings on either side of the staircase.
3. In the limited flat space in front of your home, add deep beds. From the street, or as you walk down the staircase, it is these deep beds that you and your visitors will see. Even if you live on a downward slope, your builder had to level out some space for your home. This is your opportunity to garden like everyone else.
4. Extend the deep beds in front of your home up the slope, where possible. At the far end of my home, there used to be a large, overgrown evergreen that dominated the landscape and made it difficult to get to the backyard. In that space, we added an oval-shaped garden, called the Egg Garden. Because it is at the far end and unobstructed by the driveway, it has grown each year, such that it has now started to extend up the slope. You can read a longer post about the creation of the Egg Garden here.
5. On the part of the slope that faces the house and is invisible from the street, add private beds. The best thing about having your house on the downward part of the slope is that it can feel more private. I can sit in my living room and look out onto the garden on the slope, called Goldberry Hill, instead of just looking directly at the houses across the street.
Related posts: Heirloom Gardener's Four-Year Makeover of Her Front Garden and The Egg Garden in June: Replacing the Overgrown Evergreen in the Front Corner of Our Home with a Mixed Bed
Submit your entries by June 22 here. Now which of my rose photos are my favorites?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On the side of the fort in the Walled Garden, I have a clematis, Fragrant Spring, and a rose, Tausendschon, growing together on a trellis. The clematis blooms a couple of weeks before the rose, which you can see here.
Related post: How to Build a Children's Playhouse (the Fort)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
As a follow-up to my posts about visiting gardens in Philadelphia over Memorial Day weekend, I was intrigued to see Judith Dobrzynski's article in The New York Times about her own Philadelphia garden tour. In her article "Philadelphia's Gardens of Delight" from June 5th, she visited four gardens, including two I recently visited, Chanticleer and Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore. She also visited Jenkins Arboretum (featuring azaleas and rhododendrons that I have not yet visited) and Bartram's Garden (which I have visited, but is unfortunately in a very rough part of town). Ms. Dobrzynski needs to add Morris Arboretum and Linden Hill Nursery to her next visit.
For the full article, including slide show, click here. She concludes: "An overview of gardens open to the public in the Philadelphia area is at http://www.greaterphiladelphiagardens.org/."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Check out all of the bloom day posts from around the world over at May Dreams Garden.
- About Blogging
- Annuals/Biennials and Perennials
- Autumn Garden
- Books and Movies
- Botanical Gardens
- Bulbs and Tubers
- Children's Garden
- Container Gardening
- Crocus tommasiniasus roseus
- Cut and Forced Flowers
- Cutting and Rose Gardens
- Deep Thoughts About Gardening
- Egg Garden
- Fences Arbors Walls and Paths
- Floral arrangements
- Front Border
- Fun Stories About Gardening
- Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
- Garden Bloggers' Design Workshop
- Garden Planning
- Gardening Blogs
- Gardening Tools and Structures
- Gardening with Children
- Goldberry Hill
- Heirloom and Organic Food
- Japanese Beautyberry
- Mixed Borders
- New Jersey / Local Interest
- Online Gardening Resources
- Pest Control
- Picture This Photo Contest
- Piet Oudolf
- Propagation and Seeds
- Pruning and Maintenance
- Seed Heads
- Self Seeders
- Spring Garden
- Summer Garden
- Wildlife in the Garden
- Winter Garden
- Iceburg (1958) Floribunda Rose in the Oak Tree Gar...
- Molineaux David Austin Rose in the Front Border
- Old Blush (1752) China Rose in the Front Border
- Baby Faraux (1924) Polyantha Rose outside the Chil...
- Delphinium in front of the Bird Garden
- Ladybug (Coccinellidae) Pupai
- How to Protect the Vegetable Garden from the Groun...
- Front Yard Gardening Design Challenge: Five Ideas...
- Gardening Gone Wild's Picture This Photo Contest f...
- Tausendschon (1906) or Thousand Beauties Rambler R...
- Mayflower (2001) David Austin English Rose in the ...
- Gardenia (1899) Rambler Rose on the Arbor to the W...
- Rosa Virginiana in the Bird Garden
- Hansa (1905) Rugosa Rose in the Front Border
- Excellenz von Schubert (1909) Polyanthus Rose in t...
- A Different Garden Tour of Philadelphia Gardens fr...
- Thomas Affleck (1998) from Antique Rose Emporium o...
- Cardinal de Richelieu (1840) Gallica Rose in the L...
- Belinda (1936) Hybrid Musk Rose in the Bird Garden...
- Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2009: Roses and...
- Oriental Poppies (Papaver orientale) in the Egg Ga...
- Midsummer Garden Party at Fordhook Farm featuring ...
- Some of the peonies in bloom throughout the garden...
- Pictures of Piet Oudolf's High Line Gardens
- NatureFind: how to find public parks, campsites, a...
- Styrax japonicus tree and flowers in bloom on Gold...
- Zombie Blogs: Why 95% of Blogs Are Abandoned
- Piet Oudolf's High Line Gardens Open in New York C...
- The Egg Garden in June: Replacing the Overgrown E...
- Green Hour: how to find public parks, campsites, ...
- WSJ story about Danielle Hahn's Rose Story Farm by...
- Ask Heirloom Gardener: Are Heirloom Roses Hard to...
- The Rose Garden in Summer: Madame Ernest Calvat (...
- The Rose Garden in Summer: Madame Plantier (1835)...
- The Rose Garden in Summer: Ispahan (1832) Damask ...
- The Rose Garden in Summer: Therese Bugnet (1950) ...
- The Rose Garden in Summer: Leda (1827) Damask Ros...
- The Rose Garden in Summer: Alchymist (1956)
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- The Rose Garden in Summer: Great Western (1840) B...
- The Rose Garden in Summer, Part I: A Walk Down th...
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