Saturday, June 02, 2012

SOUTH DECK GARDEN

SPRING 2008

Nothing but mud, a couple of daylilies and plenty of potential under the deck in 2008 when we first bought. 
Sure it is a bit shady, but it faces easterly out to the lake for direct morning sun and diffuse light throughout the day - and I have a lot of ferns about.

AUGUST 2011   
     


A few patches that could use infilling with wood ferns (they last fully green right into winter season and so I have prioritized them here to keep this space lively as long as possible).  One day it will also have a periwinkle ground cover but that is slow in the making.

I've planted Ostrich ferns at the back for their height, mixed with other larger medium-sized ferns I'll have to track down the name for and the shorter wood ferns in the front.

Along with the periwinkle I've got some hardy geranium from my in-laws garden that I added last year when they were clearing some room in their garden, so we'll see how that does in the mix this year. 

And at the front I have daylilies, a mix of common orange and some varieties from a Vesey's mixed bag, mostly purple I believe.  Longer term I will pull these out and replant them elsewhere and replace them with a shorter variety of re-blooming daylily like Stella D'Oro and Purple D'Oro together.  I just need to decide which colour I'll want 2/3 of and which I'll want 1/3 of.  I have read that Purple reblooms frequently but not quite as much as the original, which is apparently constant.

In the past I also added some begonias in for colour, we'll have to see about this year.  If I can stop adding them because of the colour from the geranium then I will, but we may be a few years from that.  Once the shorter daylilies are in I'd like the geranium to run through them as well.

It all takes time, but I am patient; we are certainly ahead of where we started with this mud patch. 

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