The upper patio

There are several small patios scattered about the rear garden, each with a chair or bench, and since gatherings are rare (despite my wife’s wishes) there is no need for larger areas or more seating. The number of patios is a convenience to sit to rest without going too far, but also to enjoy the variety of views and sun exposures, from nearly full sun beside the koi pond to mostly shade nearer the house.

The oldest of the patios (above) is closest to the house, and it is in need of a bit of rehabilitation that it is not likely to get. A globose blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Globosa nana’) has encroached far over one side of the bluestone patio, and with many lower branches dead it would be best to remove it rather than attempting to carve out the dead. But, it backs up to a conical boxwood and to a holly, and if the spruce went away there would be significant gaps where the three grow together. Such is the problem with an older garden, so the better solution is to pretend that the dead branches aren’t so bad after all.

On the opposite side from the spruce, a green leafed Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’, above) has spread several feet over the edge of the round patio. With tall Ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) also overhanging, the usable space is no more than half the patio’s area. But, that’s not much of a problem as far as I’m concerned. The two wooden chairs are ancient, I wouldn’t dare sit on one. I assume it would crash to the ground, so they’re just ornaments, and the patio has become a walkway leading down to other areas to sit.

The slope above this round slate patio is retained by boulders, with crevices planted with a variety of sedums and native ferns and coral bells. This patio is just below another seating area (the bench at the top left) that views the first pond constructed in the garden. The chairs in the photo face another pond, stream, and a stone path.

Least worrisome, several bluestones on the lower end have slipped over the years, now with a wider gaps that invite weeds, and the ornamental inset (interlocking lizards, I think) has settled. If this garden was neatly maintained each of these items would require correction, but here, neatness is not required.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Linus says:

    Where’d you get the interlocking lizards?

    1. Dave says:

      Twenty years ago a local guy started a company making these. I bought samples that proved too soft for paving and I assume the company ended quickly, but I have the lizards and panels of turtles in the front walk.

  2. Bridget says:

    Gorgeous! I like your attitude as well. Keep up the good work!

  3. Jean says:

    Gorgeous. Wish I could share on Facebook. Are you allergic to Facebook? And how do you keep bugs off oriental toad lily? You’re are always so nice in the fall. Mine are already getting yucky leaves. Slugs, earwigs, you name it I’ve got them. Slight and Diamatacious Earth is what I am currently using.

    1. Dave says:

      I have enough screen time without Facebook, though I’m occasionally tempted.
      I have few insect problems, and none on toad lilies. I suspect this is due to the broad range of wildlife in the garden, particularly birds.

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