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. . . is a stepping stone in garden!
The memory of an ever-changing garden is recorded in an annual
"state of the garden" report. We record the the lessons that are learned
2001 | 2002 |
2003 | 2004 |
2005 | 2006
Hard Freeze (Week after Easter April 9-15)
Removed Roses from lamp post bed, landscaped bay window bed on south
side of house.
- Columnar Arborvitae
and (3) globe Arborvitae.
Endless Summer Hydrangea
purchased 3 (3 gal) plants for $29.99 from Bomgaards. Added to lamp post
bed (now have 5 plants)
Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea
Mulhall's (purchased 3)
Planted south side of house.
Horsetail Grass - 'Equisetum
Hyemale' Planted next to potting bench
Iris Pallida - 'Aurea Variegata'
- Boxwood planted
behind Lamp pole
- Variegated Elephant
Bush, planted by address post by driveway
- Petunia, Hulahoop
Red -- back deck pot
- Geranium, Horizon
Ripple Raspberry -- west bed
- Ornamental Millet,
'Purple Majesty' -- glazed point by garage
- Densiformis Yew
-- replaced two Mugho Pine in front of house to replace
- Algerian Ivy Deck
- Red Caladiums and
Yellow Archangel in front of Bay Window Bed
Spring Snow storm on
March 20th 2006
Removed Deck and started Bay
Window bed on south side of house
Added Bench and
Archer's Gold Thyme Tymus citriodorus to
stump patio under the Cedar Tree
Removed two dead roses and added
Endless Summer Hydrangea ( bought 2)
Salvia 'Vista Red' to east side of fence bed for color
First Year for
First Year for
Cutting Flower Garden - Zinnias (plant to thick, fellow
over with strong wind.)
Added a Green Mail box in Fern Bed
Added on to the driveway bed with a large slab of rock between sage
& thyme bed and the new blood grass, dogwood & silver king
Artemisia. Also added a lit rock post (native Kansas Stone) for
Lambs Ears -- from Julie
Torenia 'Clown Mix'
Petunia 'Dreams Red'
Wizard Rose® Coleus
"Taj Mahal" Ivy Geranium --
Formal Pot at
Hedera canariensis &
Algerian Ivy --
Steps to back deck
Algerian Ivy Hedera canariensis --- LINK
Koran Feather Grass -- from Nancy
Sea Oats - from Kathy
Filipendula -- from Nancy
Hens & Chicks in Grass bed
Miscanthus sinensis "Gold Bar' $17.50
Fern leaf Bleeding
Heart (Fern Bed) -- from Nancy
Flowering Maple - Fern Bed
Bergenia -- from Nancy
Coral Bells -- from Julie
Big Daddy Hosta -
Sagae (Say-ga) Hosta - from Nancy
Japanese Red Blood Grass
Purple Sage Salvia officianlis Purpurascens $5.00 Joy Creek
Nusery, Scappoose OR
Silver Lace Vine - 'Polygonum' $9.99 each bought 2
started on trellis
Artemisia - Oriental Limelight
Oak Leaf Mountain Ash
Repair West Fence
Trim damage from big Silver Maple
Install Rose Bed
Fern Bed ***
Big Pot on front patio ***
Lawrence Pot -- Fiber Optic Grass
Replaced Railroad Ties - brick patio
Prepare Tree Bed for Rain Tree
Alpine (Alberta) Spruce Tree -- Front
Alpine (Alberta) Spruce -- from Kathy
Planted Caladeums in other places
Expanded Hosta bed (Added bird bath)
Brick Patio next to hosta bed
Day Lilies from Jim & Sue
(seed from Mary Mellenbruch -- Rich Hill, Missouri)
Cutting Flower Garden - Zinnias
Herbs - Driveway.
Hydrangea 'ENDLESS SUMMER®' 'Bailmer'
Hart's Tongue Fern (annual - house plant)
Elephant Ear Caladium
Thuja Green Giant Cedars
Cut down the
seven large Austrian Pines on the west side of the lot. --
Planted Hicksil Yew ($22.99), Densiformis Yew ($15.99) and 2 Mugho
Planted a dwarf Burning
Bush ($19.99) in NW corner of lot.
Removed two bushes Wagela &
Removed Mock Orange Bushes north of the Garage
Started the Fern Bed
Started the Fountain.
In January, we transplanted
a holly bush from Amy's mothers yard in Lawrence, Kansas to the west
fence line area.
Herbs, Tomatoes, and green peppers made up the
main garden area. We drastically thinned the Strawberries and
added a number of stepping stones to the area. On the south
side of the garden we strung twine up to the gutter and let climbing
beans grow. After a slow start and a little trouble with
grasshoppers, the area turned into a lush green curtain. There
were a number of harvestable beans, but we picked only a couple
meals worth during the very hot dry summer days.
put Impatiens under the maple tree again and added coca hull
mulch. They were slow to start up, but made a great show in
were plant under the South Crabapple Tree (by garage) and mulched
with red cedar. We added two tuberous double Begonias in the front
of the hosta bed.
In the front bed
we repeated pink Begonias and the pink splash Hypoestes. No
dusty millers. Caladium (and baby) was put in the same place as last
year and become a mammoth show plant with lots more babies. [see
In the spring we
took out the grass between the sidewalk and street on the west
side. After leveling it, we planted new grass. By early summer
there was a good stand but still a lot of crab grass.
bed presented a nice show of blossom.
the birch and the two front crab apple trees with red cedar mulch.
More ferns were
added to the north and north east side of the house -- from John W.
& Elisabeth and Nancy. The ferns were
fertilize with Mir Acid
West Flower Bed Photo
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Our Compost Bins
Again in the garden,
we continued with our herbs, added new basil and parsley. The
tomatoes became rather wild and needed to be trimmed up. Even after
thinned the strawberries, there were still too many plants to easily
maintain and the berries were small. Amy planted a row of
ornamental corn in the back row, next to the garage. The corn
wasn’t water enough which produced small ears.
year's disappointment under the Maple Tree, we planted 30-40 Red
Impatiens which produced a fantastic display. One section of the bed
was planted with Dusty Miller, but didn’t do well because of the
we started the Iris Nursery around
the lamp post area.
juniper bushes in the south bed under the Crabapple Tree (by garage)
were removed and the pink spirea bushes were trimmed.
After the lilacs
bloomed, we trimmed the east Lilac Bush back to about 4 feet and
fertilized it mid summer. We are hoping for a better bloom in
a couple of years.
In the front bed we planed begonias, Hypoestes (pink splash) and
dusty millers. The main anchor plant was a Caladium that Ted Bansen
added to the north side of the house.
In the garden we stated Herbs (sage,
chives, thyme, oregano, basil & mint). Also planted
tomatoes and sunflowers. (The sunflowers became very tall and
heavy. After a long dry spell, when we water them, fell over
in a strong wind. The strawberries, which already existed,
were thinned down in the spring, but the bed was still too large and
hard to keep up.
Under the maple
Tree, we planted Marigolds & Geraniums, which did not do too good in
the shade of the tree. The east Lilac bush didn’t bloom.
The west fence line was full of iris, sedum, day lilies, and
honeysuckle that were here when we moved in. As a "first year"
addition to the yard, we planed a Colorado Blue Spruce in April,
purchased from Ted Bansen.