It was an extremely dry, often hot, summer. I pretty much gave up watering. My excuse will be the porch renovation. I got off to an extremely late start due to the delay in finishing my living room. That was delayed due to working on my mother's living room. Anyway, I pruned the roses too late. I also decided to prune the Pinky Winky hydrangea to the ground to see if I could rid it of the Roundup damage it suffered in 2008. It's somewhat distorted, shriveled and droopy. It was way too late to do that, so consequently it only had two blooms this year. Last year it had quite a lot for the first time since the unfortunate incident.
|The Bloomless Wonder is behind the Stella de Oro daylily.|
|A view from the deck of many groundcovers.|
On the other hand, the phlox and hydrangeas were spectacular. No powdery mildew on phlox or beebalm because of the drought, just burned foliage.
I did have success transplanting three offshoots of the Lovely Fairy rose and two offshoots of Mom's blue macrophylla hydrangeas. I also was able to transplant a small piece of deutzia that self-seeded in the front border (apparently I left a piece from my last disastrous attempt). I think I also moved a couple of hostas. I really need to document this better.
Started using leaf mold as mulch in the shrub border. It's just too hard to carry mulch all the way from the front by hand (there's no access to the backyard, even by wheelbarrow). I just put the leaves in an old plastic garbage can and shoved my weedwacker inside. It takes a long time because the leaves really compress.
Reorganized front right bed by moving a daylily away from the rose, removing ribbon grass, and transplanting a cranesbill from the Heritage Garden. My mother bought me an Honorine Jobert anemone, my dream plant, which I planted here.
I really, really love the shade garden. Is it because it's new? I'm just in love with those plants. I love the viburnum, Blue Billow hydrangea, Stained Glass hosta, Krossa Regal hosta and June hosta. I'm wondering, though, if the viburnum should be fuller. Does it need to be in more sun? I bought it in fall 2013.
|Here it is this past November.|
|I truly love pachysandra.|
The front yard is very lush, such that I really don't need pots or hanging plants since there's continual color.
|Carly loves mulch.|
This year I'd also like to plant out the tops of the stone walls near the shed in the backyard. My mom still has plenty of daylilies I could transplant, as well as phlox. I could use them to fill out the shrub border as well. She also has a Scotch broom shrub I can squeeze into the border. I'd also like to take a piece of my friend Sharon's Annabelle hydrangea. They grow so quickly. I think the white would look nice next to my pink one.
|Invincibelle Spirit - a pink hydrangea|
|It has many more blooms than when I transplanted it.|
|It turned beautiful colors this fall.|