Thursday, January 19, 2012

Some Garden Brainstorming

We've been told our property has been a private property since at least the 1880s -- prior to that, it was government land -- and the original structure was a little cabin that sat on the pond. The little cabin no longer exists, but the well (with nonworking pump) still does. When we arrived in 2007, growing around the well was some yarrow and a swath of dianthus, both of which we moved to other gardens. We {Brigette} have tried out some different plants, such as lavender and purple coneflower, but we just haven't found the right combination of flowers for that sunny spot. We've planted two dogwoods near the well, so we have spring color covered. We need something for summer and fall, and maybe winter, too...

So this year, we're thinking of something evergreen in the boxwood family -- short ones -- planted in a circle around the well pump. And inside the circle, we're thinking of trying roses, since they bloom through November here in our neck of the woods.

Perhaps a formal look combined with a free flowing look, a little bit like this:


So that's our current idea...which may very well change next week. The boxwoods might get switched out with another evergreen shrub. Dahlias are also tempting in place of the roses, even though they would have a later bloom time...what do you think?

Winter does have its advantages, including allowing plenty of time to brainstorm about flowers!

Now on to planning our vegetable garden...
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