|Front Porch Garden|
Along one side there was perhaps 140' of wide (about 3.5') border garden, and maybe 45' on the other. Behind the garage was a 12' X 12' garden with a pond, and another curved garden space in front of and beside the shed. At the edge of the flagstone patio, a narrow border containing rose bushes in various shades of pink, and bits of daylily.
|Front Garden in Fall|
|Border and Shed Garden|
The front corners contained a large lavender plant, and a purple-flowering catmint. In the very middle of the garden between the two rose bushes, three gigantic oriental alliums in glorious purple, and spring saw bunches of smaller yellow allium growing with blue forget-me-nots and tulips. Some of my favourite annuals in that spot were low growing and colourful portulaca, dwarf varieties of snapdragon, and the tall varieties as well towards the back.
|Spring Border Garden|
I also used to grow tall varieties of zinnia, and a dwarf variety with multiple branched arms and constantly blooming flowers of the most sizzling hot pink I've ever seen. The back garden carried a wide variety of plants, because there were areas exposed to blazing sun almost all day, and areas of dappled shade, and areas of deep shade.
|Border with Hosta|
|Yucca: Adam's Needle|
I loved nothing better than digging in the dirt and caring for the plants, but the hours it took left me little time for anything else.
|Shed Garden - Dark Corner|
The backyard had a tall blue cedar, and a blue spruce, at the side where the front yard met the back was a gate, and beside it, an old pine, perhaps 25 to 30' tall. About halfway back, near the shed there was a marvelous white birch with it's lacy branches providing dappled shade for the garden at the shed.
Now, it's all gone...the 60+ year old rosebushes, the gardens and trees...even the house, built in 1890.
|New House - Front Garden|
It's pretty, but not enough. I enlarged the minuscule garden that was there when we moved in, and it covers most of the front lawn, and carved out a small bit of space on the side of the house which holds solomon's seal, hosta, coreopsis, german veronica and a large sweet woodruff - most of those came from the old gardens.
While I miss the old gardens, not all of the plants were lost.
|Impatients in Hibachi|
The white silk lilac (this is a show tree in our neck of the woods) does not bloom until July, and it's beautiful. The Preston lilacs always bloomed nearly 2 weeks later than the native variety. This lot has no room for the lilacs anyways, but I love lilacs, and wish I did have the space for them. It's been a trip down memory lane today - it's made me a little sad and wistful, wishing for more than I have, which I don't normally do.