The last few growing seasons I have worked on bringing in some new plantings and textures into the garden. Conifers have been finding their places into the landscape.
Even in a zone 4 garden and it’s size constraints there are so many design options.
Dwarf, columnar, and weeping specimens.
Colors that vary from green, blue, silvers and golden.
I miss my garden during these long winter months but creating garden textures that break up the white ground really helps. Of coarse I have found a few spots for just a couple more!
Now this is my kind of Autumn weather!
I was able to spend an entire day out in the garden, trying to clean up spent perennials and even got a few bulbs planted. Sunshine has been very scarce and I had felt my mood began to darken along with the weather. The Burning Bush is like a big cup of coffee for my soul!
The weather has been colder and wetter then normal!
Sunshine has been very scarce and I’m behind in the garden chores.
Mother Nature, I need a little cooperation.
The Winter always looks so pretty in the garden and I love to grab my camera after a snowfall. It was a busy year in the garden with most of the work and attention on the new garden pond. This coming year we look forward to more normal garden task’s and time to sit and enjoy the garden.
As we enter autumn in the garden, the Tiger Eye Sumac foliage becomes the star.
I would so love to grow a Japanese Maple, but sadly it would not survive a zone 4 winter.
The Tiger Eye gives me an interesting shape in the garden and the burst of bright color at the end of the season.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine a few weeks ago. An amazing botanical garden that was packed with beauty in every square inch.
Among my many favorites was the Digitalis ferruginea that was clearly among the Bee’s favorites too!
When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.
— Minnie Aumonier
Dovecotes have a fascinating history dating all the way back to Roman days. Though many have disappeared over the years, during the 17th Century England had over 26,000 dovecotes on the grounds of monasteries and manor houses. Doves at that time were considered a food source, for both the eggs and the birds themselves.
My interest in having a Dovecote in the garden came from years of reading garden books that often focused on beautiful Cottage Gardens in the South of France. I loved the gardens often featured in the magazine Victoria. Dovecotes were often a focal point featured in charming flower filled gardens.
Generally working on a budget and from materials that I have around here, I fashioned a farmhouse Dovecote with clay pots for the potting shed.
You will need:
10 -4 inch clay pots
10 washers with small holes and 10 screws.
Starting at the top; center the first pot and place a washer and screw through the drainage hole in the pot. Screw securely into the siding but avoid over tightening, as this can crack the pot.
Continue adding pots making sure they are just touching each other.
Wait for your Doves or feathered friends to find their stylish new nesting place!
I’m still waiting!
Not a week goes by without a question about the little greenhouse in my garden.
I thought I would answer a few of the most often asked!
Yes, we built this greenhouse out of nearly all recycled material!
The greenhouse size is 10 x 10.
No, my husband does not have plans for the greenhouse–he does these projects in his head, not even a scribble on paper!
The color is a Dutch Boy Paint color called Pumpkin Stem.
I heat the greenhouse with electric heaters.
Yes, it really works as a greenhouse; growing seedlings each spring!
I woke early to work on a project that I have been stalled on.
To get my creativity jump started, I turned to my own Pinterest Board.
I got lost in some of my own images from the garden!
Maybe you would like to get lost too!