I'd tentatively planned on working in the garden this past weekend, but that didn't happen. Instead there was a trip to the emergency clinic at NC State overnight Friday night/ Saturday morning with Prissy, a snowstorm on Saturday, and a blustery frigid day on Sunday meant staying inside as much as possible. Prissy came home on Saturday and then went back on Monday for an abdominal ultrasound. She's feeling much better but we're still waiting on another test result. Currently she's sitting on my lap with a shaved belly from the ultrasound.
NC State is fond of its brick and mortar (some might say overly) but is home to the JC Raulston Arboretum and many interesting plant specimens on campus. While waiting in the lobby for the intern at the vet school to talk to me I picked up a copy of Fine Gardening and was quite impressed. Over 10 years ago I thinned my magazine subscriptions all the way down to one horse-related weekly but now I wonder what I've been missing.
Onto more of the archives... microclimates in the garden between the house and the drive cover the range from sunny and wet to half-shady and dry. The edges of the beds catch much of the run-off from the house and are perfect for moisture-lovers like Virginia Spiderwort and Blue Flags.
Amsonia hubrichtii and Amsonia tabernaemontana are usually described as liking a well-drained medium (this one is a hybrid) but mine have done very well in places that periodically get a lot of moisture. The Amsonia that grows wild here does so in sloughs and down in the floodway fields.
The rest of the garden is filled with plants that prefer the usual but ever-elusive moist but well-drained soil, like Summer Phlox. I cut down all of the dead stalks of the phlox and put them in the trash after reading Gail's post about the Garden Phlox Bug. I'm not sure they are actually here but they sounded skeevy enough that I didn't want to take any chances. Summer Phlox is a staple here.
The garden at the side of the house is its own little ecosystem. Rather than being filled with roses like the rest of the garden,
it's planted with a whole variety of things. It's my playground for plants that need some shade and good drainage. In fact that part of the garden needs its own post!
More from the side garden: