The flowers are around the perimeter of the vegetable garden except for the perennial
sweet peas. We used this little stand for the vines, which served its purpose for a couple
of years before snapping off at the bottom in a wind storm. Later it grew on the teepee
with the Marabar spinach before that fell over too.
Some of my rugosa hybrids (Hansa and my 'Therese Bugnet' seedling) had severe dieback
over the winter last year. After a mild dry winter?? The TB seedling may be gone and the
'Hansa's are still struggling. I hope they don't come down with RRD this year. I've noticed
some roses showing a decline before showing full-blown symptoms. Will have to wait
room in the garden, but they do make a good hedge. Deer don't eat the rugosas here and the
way the vegetable garden is designed/ has turned out there aren't many easy ways out, so I
think they may help keep the deer out. If the deer were hungry enough they would eat
everything, but that hasn't been the case so far.
'Crepuscule' is the other one. The predominance of cool-colored roses is more the result
of natural selection than personal choice, but this way the warm-colored roses make a lot
of splash in an ocean of cool colors so I'm happy with the result.
run-off from the roof of the house and from further up the hill runs down the edge of
the bed and seeps under the rocks the keep the bed from washing out. The wild Indian
strawberry loves the moisture and has formed a thick carpet on its own under the other
the vegetable garden, next to the R. Palustris scandens. Louisiana iris 'Sinfonietta'
damp. As you can see the term "petit" is just for the size of the flower panicles and the
leaves, not the actual size of the plant.
seedling of 'Anne Arundel'. I love the deep pink color of the flowers. The plant itself is
tall and slender, unlike my light pink hibiscus which is more a square shape.
to get a little crowded out.
the cream-colored daylily is 'Gentle Shepard' and the one with the purple eye is 'Pandora's Box'.
the edge of the drive turns and heads toward the ditch and eventually into Middle Creek.
This area is home to seashore mallow, more daylilies
good fragrance but it's a striking plant, with its tall umbels of blooms and long curving
tapered leaves. I bought it a few years ago at Plant Delights and stuck it in dry spot
(ironically in the floodplain, on a small ridge that's still feet lower than where it is now),
where it sulked. Once moved to richer, wetter soil it started putting up scapes of pink
and white flowers with regularity.
crinum from the 1920's that in my opinion may still be the loveliest out there. I got
this crinum in a trade but am 99% sure this is Ellen based on the flowers, and although
not apparent in these pictures, the distinctive ruffle-edged foliage. Both of my white
crinums (a pure white from Niche that blooms early and 'Royal White' (C. digweedii),
which blooms later and repeats) and Ellen are sweetly fragrant. Each one has a distinct
perfume. The Niche crinum is just wonderfully sweet, 'Royal White' reminds me of Ivory
soap (as does H. x johnsonii), and 'Ellen Bosanquet' has warm spicy undertones.