I have some good sense, but at least as far as the garden’s concerned, it’s displayed only on rare occasions. In an effort to cram as many delights as possible into the garden, sensible design is occasionally overlooked (or disregarded). I see no reason to excuse or apologize. I will gladly sacrifice proper design to add another treasure so long as the sacrifice is pushed off for a decade or longer. Troubles are seldom much of a bother.
The garden was never intended for show, though visitors still seem satisfied with the result. But, I advise, do not follow my lead if you are inclined to spending your weekends in leisure. There is much to keep up with.
Ferns and hostas flank this bluestone path. The Ostrich ferns were transplanted from the forest at the border of the garden. The hostas encroach too far across the path, just as I prefer but too far according to my wife.
My focus is often on the individual rather than the whole, though there are times I marvel that this haphazard plan has yielded a satisfactory outcome. If I avoid the panoramic view of the garden on these pages, it is that most often I revel in the form of the flower or foliage. And, just beyond view there is likely to be a pile of debris.
Today, I have cobbled together several wider views of the garden. Remarkably, there are few weeds. I hope that you will not see the messes in the background.
The view from the driveway to the back garden. The yellow leaf Blue Mist shrub died back substantially over the winter, so it has not filled in as well as it should. Otherwise, I must selectively prune branches that flop over neighboring plants.
Looking across the koi pond to the stone patio and pavilion. This view has changed in recent years as the Oakleaf hydrangea in the foreground has overwhelmed perennials. I must prune it annually to give several clumps of Japanese iris at the pond’s edge enough sunlight to flower. I’ve recently seen that there are dozens and possibly more than a hundred baby koi in the pond. Many will have to be relocated to one of the four other ponds.
My favorite spot in the garden. A stone path follows a stream lined with moss covered stones, flanked by hostas, ferns, and Japanese Forest grass.
This pond was the first of five constructed in the garden. It has been revised several times. A wide spreading ‘Viridis’ Japanese maple overhangs the pond.
The ‘Viridis’ Japanese maple encroaches further into this small patio each year. On the near side a dwarf spruce encroaches even further. The ferns are Ostrich ferns transplanted from a damp area at the forest’s edge. The wood of the lichen covered chairs has not rotted, but I don’t trust the wooden dowels that hold it together, so I don’t set anything heavier than pruners on them.
The Oakleaf hydrangea must be pruned annually to leave space for the Pineapple lily. I’ve divided the lily a few times to plant around the garden.
‘The dwarf ‘Shaina’ Japanese maple borders the patio beside the koi pond. In the foreground are Bletilla hardy orchids, ‘Globosa’ blue spruce, and ‘Silver Edge’ rhododendron. In back are ‘Silver Cloud’ redbud, and Oakleaf hydrangea. Smaller perennials are tucked between, but are not visible in this view.
A colorful jumble of foliage with ‘Ogon’ spirea, dwarf spruce, Red horse chestnut, and Golden Full Moon Japanese maple.