The December Garden

There is nothing quite like the first snowfall of the season. We got our first real snow last night. Here’s some photographs taken in the early morning hours taken after the snowfall.

Winter garden 2017

View looking north towards the side arborvitae hedge where the new white and grey garden is planted.

Winter garden 2017

You can see the wood posts that will be used to support the new metal gate we are commissioning for next season. We needed an elegant way to keep the deer out of the backyard (if that is possible).

Winter garden 2017

View from the south-west corner of the garden looking towards the back of the house. I would like to get some serious vines growing on the arbors next season to add more substantial structure in the winter.

Winter garden 2017

View looking towards our neighbor’s house.

Winter garden 2017

I love the color of the light in the early morning sky. If I could do anything I wanted, I would get all those ugly electrical poles and wires routed underground. But there’s no use thinking about something I can’t change is there? Let’s just focus on that beautiful sky!

The White and Grey Garden

This year I added a white and grey garden border to my backyard. It’s a new garden so there is still quite a bit of editing required, but I am loving the white and grey color scheme.

I think this is going to become one of my favorite spots in the garden. Here are a few photographs from its first season.

Libertiny Garden summer 2017

Just to give you a sense of where the new garden was placed, the White and Grey garden is located along the arborvitae hedge. In the photo above, you can see the hedge along the back of the image by the large white pines.

White and Grey garden

White ‘Casa Blanca’ oriental lilies take up a big space in this garden in July. This section of the garden sits in shade and dappled shade. The white lilies really pop in lower light conditions. I love how they look.

Libertiny White and Grey Garden 2017

The white flowers are complimented with grey foliage. I’ve used the large leaf lamb’s ears, artemisia and dusty miller. The artemisia may have to get switched out next year because I don’t think this area of the garden gets enough hot sun conditions during the day. The fluffy, loose texture of the artemisia is perfect for this garden. I definitely need to find a replacement.

Libertiny White and Grey Garden 2017

I love the fluffy, loose texture of the artemisia in front of the Casa Blanca lilies.

Mary statue in White and Grey garden

A fairly large portion of this new garden is shaded. I’ve used some tried and true shade plants as you can see in the photo above. I’ve planted Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ sitting at the feet of my Mary statue, as well as Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ (white flowering bleeding heart), Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ and the fall-flowering Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’.

I seeded forget-me-nots for spring and plan to encourage the larger, grey-green foliage Hostas to fill some spaces left in the shade.

Libertiny White and Grey Garden 2017

I’m definitely a huge fan of this white and grey color palette. I’m looking forward to refining the plant palette next season.

The May Garden

It’s great to be back in the garden. Winter was fairly mild this year. The main issue this Spring is lots of moss. I’m talking moss everywhere. Even though it’s beautiful, it’s a symptom of the declining health of my lawn. As the trees get bigger and the yard gets shadier, its inevitable the lawn isn’t going to thrive.

My solution is pretty simple. Make more room for flowers and get rid of the lawn. Easy peasy!

 

Libertiny garden

Our new garden fountain has been one of my favorite additions to the garden. Tom and I bought it at the end of the season last Fall. It makes the most peaceful sound and the birds love it.

Last Fall, Tom received a bag of free tulip bulbs. We had no idea what color or kind they would be. What a delight to see that almost every bulb was the happiest color yellow. These will look great in a sea of forget-me-nots.

The Spring flowering shrubs are starting to take off.

My absolute favorite thing is the concrete bird bath we bought last year. You can see it in the distance in this photo.

View looking towards the north edge of the garden.

“Forest Pansy” redbuds in bloom. The purple flowers look great against the bright green of new spring foliage.

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The March Garden

Snow is quietly falling and covering everything in a beautiful white layer of fluff. Here’s some photos of the March garden.

To help you appreciate how fast weather changes here in Michigan, the day after these photos were taken, the snow was gone and the temperature was warm. You need to be tough if you’re a plant in this growing zone.

March 2017 snow in the garden
View looking towards the north border of the backyard garden
Backyard garden March 2017
View looking across the yard from the deck
March 2017 snow in the garden
View looking north across the backyard garden
March garden
One of the boxwood borders with arborvitae in the center
March garden
View looking south across the backyard
March garden
South side entrance to the garden with tree form Rose of Sharon and boxwood
March garden
View looking to the south side border of the garden at my neighbor’s home
March garden
Tree hydrangea in the foreground
March garden
View looking south across the pedestal of the bird bath stored away for winter

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