The time of year when I begin to buy up every bulb I can find is upon us again. I am proud to say I managed to actually plant everything I bought for the White Garden in an afternoon, although some of the plant material has been languishing in pots for over a month now.
As usual, I've changed things. I really, really, really need to at least attempt to make a planting plan and actually designing a garden. However, a garden is never finished, so this is really just another evolution. As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been focusing on the perimeter of the yard, and planting shrubs and small trees to create a screen and also to sort of enclose some spaces. This is how the White Garden is now changing, and a sort of room will be created in the next decade or so (I hope).
|Although fading now, the White Garden really did look wonderful this year. The best year yet.|
|The Snowdrop anemones (anemone sylvestris) bloomed beautifully early in the summer. A few plants have decided to re bloom. They look so delicate, but are really quite tough.|
|They've also spread very nicely. This was all one small plant a few years ago. They are bordering on invasive, but I'll let them go a bit longer before I start ripping them out.|
|Right where the Peony Border meets the White Garden I planted a small Korean Spice viburnum. It will grow slowly, but eventually will be part of the "living fence" surrounding the back yard.|
|One of a pair of white Rhododendrons I found for $5.00 each. In fact, none of these plants were more than $5.00, and most were $3.00 on clearance.|
|I planted large clumps of 14 'Purissima" tulips. They are a tad on the ivory side, but in the Spring, when we are desperate for anything blooming, they fit right in.|
|A row of 'Thalia' daffodils. These are perhaps the sweetest little daffodils that grow. I've planted several clumps, and have some growing in another section of the garden that I need to move.|
|Another clump went in between the obedient plant and the white lilac. The red leaves are a clearance white peony that will join the tulips with early interest, as the obedient plant doesn't fill in until later in the season.|
|The little white azalea has had a nice rebound from rabbit damage over the winter. I really need to figure out a better way to protect it, as wrapping it in burlap isn't enough.|