Friday, June 11, 2010

A Few Pictures from the Garden

My parents moved into their current home last summer, after - or rather during - some very extensive renovations. The previous owners had apparently not done any real gardening to and so the house was surrounded by barely anything other than trees, lawn, and a few trimmed yews. I began putting in flowers right after I came home from school last year, using a mix of plants salvaged from our previous yard and newly-bought ones, and a year later parts of the property still do not quite look like a garden. However, the long south-facing border I planted in front of the house is coming into its own very nicely and gives me a lot of hope for the rests of the place.

 An eastward view of the border in the early evening

 The same border as seen facing northwest

A close-up of pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) flowering next to each other -  a more or less accidental combination which I think worked out really well

Apart from Oenothera speciosa and lavender, flowers currently in bloom in the border include 'Stella d'Oro' daylilies (Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro'), Eastern prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa), red valerian (Centranthus ruber), ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), a double pink rock rose (Helianthemum 'Annabel'), a white-flowered Penstemon variety, sundrop evening primroses (Oenothera fruticosa), lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina), and a hybrid tea rose (Rosa sp.) with creamy white flowers.

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