Two pictures today; The one on the top is how it looks now in the Courtyard Garden – not very inspiring, is it?
Nevertheless, by summer it should look much better, with Chief Joseph pine against the right of the fence where it meets that shed, and lilac and Physocarpus (Nine-Bark) to the left of it with, as fillers, various perennials and ferns.
That small metal table will remain once the ground under it is levelled and planted to resemble a small forest clearing. Against the wall of the garden shed are lots of Solomon’s Seals, a Clematis, Sweet William plants and lilies. I found last summer that hostas and coleus do well here, so there will be several of them, too.
The other image shows Willy’s Pond as it looked late last summer.
It is planted with potted Equisitum (Horsetail) and a grass whose name currently escapes me. Beside it in a pot is a variegated scented geranium (mosquitoes don’t like them) and surrounding it are various smaller plants such as Hosta “Blue Mouse Ears”, Salal bushes, Northern Male Fern, Sanguisorba menzieskii and daylilies.
Across the little bridge from the pond is the Dwarf Alberta Spruce tree, the Dogwood and Japanese Maple, and their companions, more Coleus, Hellebores, buttercups and several native mulleins.
I’m thinking of putting in a board pathway through the greenery to the bridge, but I wonder if it will be too slippery in winter. Maybe bark mulch would work better…