The memory of rainfall has been rekindled. Once upon a time there was ample watering of the plants from above. Fungi would sprout from sunny stones.Moss would grow rampantly along walkways, even Scotch moss, Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’.The regular, nearly constant sound of pitter patter on metal roofing has turned a garden into a jungle. The blue flowers of Campanula persicifolia are beaten down day after day only to upright themselves when the sun returns, usually.Luxuriant lushness abounds. Featured above is dappled willow, Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ showing white splashed new growth.Feathery plants like Nasella tenuissima hold droplets of moisture that sparkle like frost in the morning light.Misty love mimics atmospheric conditions.Maniacal self seed sowing produces mass quantities of plants too numerous to be counted.Nigella damascena, Love in a mist, is joined in the self propagaion by lamb’s ear, Stachys byzantina in the center driveway bed.Maybe a better name would be lamb in a mist.The uncensored view from the street shows the rampant growth of the handsome brute of a rose Thorny, Rosa ‘Grootendorst Supreme’ backed by dark green Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Wells Special’ surrounded by the foliage gone wild.So wild in fact that there are plants growing directly from the asphalt of the street. Along with the weed seeds that cannot be avoided, the desirables have decided to plant themselves in what might be considered unhospitable conditions.Including the sky blue flowering Nigella. When this property was purchased in 1996 for the offspring Chickenpoet and Semi to occupy while attending college, the propensity for plant growth was noticed in this soil and climate. Hardy shrubs, trees and perennials were planted to pretty it up along the front. Stachys and Nigella were among the plantings, brought from our gardens in Northeast Tennessee. They remain among the plantings to this day, with no help from the gardener. But plenty of help from the weather gods in the way of ample rainfall. And we are thankful for every drop.
One of our early posts titled creatively “Nigella” may be viewed by clicking here.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. Since 2000 I have been gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about this USDA Zone 7a garden since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
Older Posts Of Interest:
Color in the winter garden can be achieved by using plants that come to life during the cold season. (2011)
Look around your world for the things that appeal to you and make it happen in your garden. (2011)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
Now, fall, is the time to harvest those brown iris leaves and make something useful out of them. (2010)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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