A week ago, I left the garden in reasonably good order to travel to the west coast. Weeds were mostly under control, and I even fit in a bit of planting before leaving since a few afternoon storms were forecast. The storms faded, so the small perennials barely survived the week, but otherwise the garden was in fine shape when I returned. Still, there was some catching up to do before I can get back to my routine.
Many of the garden’s Japanese maples have been found on this annual journey to nurseries in Oregon, and again I’ve returned with plans to order a few. Now, I must figure out where they can be planted (Acer japonicum ‘Meigetsu’, above).
Until I’m back on track, here are a few photos taken upon my return.
Weeks after yellow, orange, and red deciduous azaleas have faded, this fragrant azalea has begun to flower. This azalea is part of a conglomeration, and with showier and brighter colored azaleas in the mass, I had forgotten about it. The fragrance helped me rediscover it.
Hosta medio variegata disappeared from garden centers years ago, replaced by better varieties, but it is well suited to this spot beside the bluestone walk that leads to the back deck. Surprisingly, the ivy planted long ago to cover bare spots does not cause much trouble besides requiring pruning a few times a year.
The bluestone path is flanked by hostas and ferns that must occasionally be pruned so the path does not disappear. The red leafed Japanese maple replaced a dwarf hemlock that died a few years ago, and the maple has struggled to rise above the tall Ostrich ferns. Some day branches of the Japanese maple will arch over the path.
Japanese irises and Oakleaf hydrangea spill over the edges of the koi pond.