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Just across Pearl Avenue from our dear friends Tom and Judy, local antique store owners Larry and Robert live in a beautiful historic pale green house.  There we made in a new garden between June and the end of November, 2012.

18 June

front walkway, June 18th

front walkway, June 18th

side of porch

side of porch

June 18 before

11 AM

late afternoon

late afternoon

By late afternoon we had dug out beds, removing the sod this time instead of using the newspaper method.  We put down heavy duty landscape fabric along the porch and house and laid a strip pea gravel and river rock  for access for painting and maintenance and to keep plants from being right up against the wood.

rocked

rocked

sad rhodo

sad rhodo

We moved a pitifully sad rhododendron to a shade border on the west side of the lot…a border which had once been edged with pavers but was now grown in with weeds.  The rhodo was totally bringing down the tone in the new flower bed we wanted to create on the east side of the house. I can give you a preview of the sad rhodo’s fate since I am writing this months later; it petered and dwindled, and we keep cutting it further back.  Perhaps a miracle will occur in winter of 2012-13 and it will revive.

19 June

On the 19th we brought in a yard of Soil Energy from Peninsula Landscape Supply and mulched all the areas we had dug out the previous day.

shade bed

shade bed

north side

north side

by front walkway

by front walkway

east side

east side

We refrained from planting anything that day because the Soil Energy was quite hot.

20 June

In the shade border on the west side, the sad rhodo was still bringing down the tone.

shade border

shade border

Brunnera 'Looking Glass'

Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’

The rest looked better after we planted Brunneras and Heucheras and revived a couple of hostas that were in there already.

northwest corner of porch

northwest corner of porch

We weeded by the northwest corner of the porch and stuck some lady’s mantle in  a couple of days later.  I tend to keep it out of anywhere where it will compete with other plants but I think it will look nice at that curve and its chartreuse flowers will tone well with the house paint. Allan’s idea!

west side of porch

west side of porch

In front of the porch we tried to get both sides to sort of match with some blooming Asiatic lilies that Larry had had in pots and with a hardy Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’ and some small ornamental grasses.

east side of porch entry

east side of porch entry

east side of house, planted

east side of house, planted

We got most of the plants from The Basket Case Greenhouse.  We stop there often all summer long especially when they get a shipment of very collectible perennials, including

Verbascum 'Clementine'—GORGEOUS.

Verbascum ‘Clementine’—GORGEOUS.

21 June

In the morning, I walked down to take some photos of the garden in a better light than that of the previous late afternoon.  Below, you can see how Robert and Larry’s house is just past the beautiful Hornbuckle garden.

looking across Tom and Judy's garden to the new garden at Larry and Robert's home.

looking across Tom and Judy’s garden to the new garden at Larry and Robert’s home.

morning

morning

front

front

east side

east side

In the foreground, a showy annual Coreopsis called ‘Jive’ from The Planter Box, our other local source of cool plants.

15 August

By midummer, the garden looked amazing.

east side with Cosmos and Painted Sage

east side with Cosmos and Painted Sage

lush summer beauty

lush summer beauty

by front porch

by front porch

by front porch

by front porch with some late annuals added

 

 

21 September

late September

late September colour

front walkway

front walkway

Autumn crocuses by the porch

Autumn crocuses by the porch

Next, phase two of the garden creation in October.

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