Though I'm a little late joining those showing end of the month garden views, my garden is ahead of schedule in terms of how quickly last year's plantings are filling in. My April post showed mostly bare ground with little to see.
Now the area around the Tea House which I am concentrating on can no longer be seen from the deck (below) where the first photo in each series has been taken. You can, however, quite clearly see our little bamboo fence that is falling apart!
This view is from the edge of the deck near the potted Hosta on the right in the photo above.
We've left the deck and are looking up the slope I am working on. You can see big Honey Locust trees in the left foreground and to the right of the Tea House. A dying Spruce tree is to the left of the building. We removed its sibling last year. A pine needle path goes up behind the building along the fence on the west side of the garden. Note how the left side of the path is bermed up.
Along the top of the berm adjacent to the path I've planted groups of Dryopteris felix mas 'Linearis Polydactyla.'
They don't look like much but compare them to this slightly older single fern plant on the fence side of the path and you get a sense of the effect they will create. I am looking forward to walking on the path with big clumps of ferns surrounding me on both sides!
This view is taken from the top of the path standing at the west corner of the Tea House. Though you can still see bare mulch this is a big change from last year.
The half dozen small clumps of Maidenhair ferns (Adiantum pedatum) that I dug out from other areas of the garden and put in here have bulked up beautifully in under one year!
This view below is taken from the steps at the top of the slope by the front entrance of the Tea House.
Adjacent to the spruce tree in the center of the picture are a pair of Korean maples (Acer pseudosieboldiana) that will eventually replace the spruce. They will remain caged until they are big enough that the rabbits can't kill them. I'm afraid that may take a few years at the least!
Near the maples is a Japanese spikenard (Arailia cordite 'Sun King'). It's also caged as the critters ate most of it last spring just after I planted it. At the moment it is about to become larger than the maple trees.
Check out how other gardeners are concentrating on an area of their garden and recording the changes in End of the Month Views on The Patient Gardener's blog.