I decided that this group of garden pix that I had planned to post for Helen’s End Of Month View at The Patient Gardener did not quite fit with the wide angle images that Mark took. So I am presenting them separately, giving you a few close-ups of plantings.
Our Buddha, surrounded by containers of mostly perernnials and ferns, sits at the edge of the deck and is a constant presence. This year I bought a couple of fancy-leaved Begonias for the pots but otherwise just dug plants out of the garden and plopped them in pots. Behind Buddha — hidden by greenery — is our pond. The stream and upper pool that feed it are off to the right of this image but also are not visible in this shot.
The upper pool and stream are in the forground here. Stepping stones lead to the Sacred Grove on the right and the shrub border along the lot line marked by the fence in the center back. This shot includes a Bloodgood Japanese Maple (from the left), Weeping Purple Beech and Striped-bark Maple. (Click on any photo to enlarge it for more detail). A semi-circle of yew balls surrounds the Beech.
Arrowhead (Sagitaria latifolia) is a native water plant with dramatic foliage. It almost takes over this little pool by the end of August. It has prominent white flower stalks later in the summer.
In a boggy area along the stream is Hart's Tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium), Branford Beauty painted fern (Athyrium BB) and a clump of Royal fern (Osmunda regalis).
Toward the bottom of the stream: a weeping Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis 'Ashfield Weeper'), Russian Cypress (Microbiata decusata) and more Branford Beauty painted fern.
Ajuga (probably A. reptans 'Burgundy Glow') and moss at the foot of the stream.
So far this season, I've only seen white water lilies (Nymphaea varieties) on the pond. Not sure why the yellow ones are late.
Here I am inspecting things along the fence at the edge of our property. We decided not plant flowers here but to concentrate on shrubs for eventual lower maintenance. You can see a new Japanese quince (Chaenomeles 'O Yakashima') is still caged to protect it from the rabbits who are wicked this year.
The multi-stem tree in the backround is a sixty-year-old lilac. It still flowers at the top of the branches. We can see them from the hosue and smell them when we walk by. We love the look of those skinny trunks so we have no plans to cut it down or let new branches grow up.