Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop sponsored by Gardening Gone Wild, one of my favorite sites. Not wanting to let them down has been paramount in keeping this topic near the front of one’s cranium.
At first it was decided that when the azaleas bloomed in the front, something that usually takes place in April, good timing for the topic, there would be nice photos of the hot pink color that enhances the sort of blah palette of this garden.
Daily checking never seemed to show the vision desired. The bloomless foliage of the daffodils seem to dominate the scene. The
Yoshino Cherry tree, which was glorious this year, is wearing her green cloak now. The winterberry hollies in the center section, all eight of them, are nothing to write home about either. The rose glo barbarries are leafed out and seem almost foreboding at the far side. That is the intent, the house on that side is a rental with frequent changes in occupants.
The blue star junipers have their silvery blue new growth at the tips of the needle like foliage, that looks good. The gold barberries are beginning to brighten as the sun now hits them as it rises higher in the sky. The two butterfly Japanese maples are leafing out that stand sentry in front of the original concrete stoop at the doorway.
The view from the front door shows the lack of the dreamed about sea of hot pink, but the Japanese painted ferns that have sprouted among the blue stars have all leafed out and give that subtle color mix that soothes one’s brow.
A close up of the azalea planted en mass, Girard’s Rose, gives an idea of the carpet of color that is wished to be apparent this time each spring. Many of these bushes took a hit last year with the late frost and subsequent drought. Most had damage that killed off about half of their branches, some died outright and were replaced with new, smaller ones.
Let’s move on, the front has depressed us enough with its lack of beauty. Maybe if some time and effort was applied to its design, it would give us more pleasure. But it is so public, and there is no motivation to do much more than the occasional weeding, and very little of that. In other words, the front garden is that type of garden highly desired by many homeowners, a maintenance free zone. The center island is home to three large chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Well’s Special’. They provide an interesting form and some privacy when the garage doors are open. The dot of red is the large rugosa rose, we call him Thorny, Grootendorst Supreme. He is just beginning his display of dark red blooms. Again, nothing whatsoever is done here except the
yearly mowing of the three strips of lirope along the street.