Interest has been shown in the knot garden recently so it seemed a good idea to repost the original story about it that was published December 26, 2007. Changes that have been made to the knot garden since this post was written a year and some months ago will be noted below. The emphasis was on the center quatrefoil and its plantings. The pattern was chosen to represent the four leaf clover and the good luck associated with that symbol. The post was written using Blogger, not wordpress. The photos are small by comparison to the size now used, but each can be clicked upon to see a full screen enlargement.
The Knot Garden
This is more the vision. But the four heaths, Erica darleyensis ‘Mediterranean Pink’, planted in the loops of the center died the first year. They were replaced with Calluna vulgaris ‘Sunrise’. That was the first of several planting adjustments.(Click photo to enlarge)<
Next spring things are getting out of control. Violas are everywhere, seeding wildly. The Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch” is taking over. It gets a hard trim several times. Note the calluna turning yellow.(Click photo to enlarge)<
Update: April 2009
The shed door trim has been painted blue. The lavender has filled in and can be kept to the desired size easily. The Doone Valley thyme groundcover in the center quatrefoil is slowly being replaced with the lower growing Elfin thyme. The cutting of two large curly willow trees on each side of the bench has allowed the boxwood hedge to grow to a uniform size with all sides now getting the same amount of full sun. Miniature climbing roses, Red Dragon, have been added to the obelisks that flank the bench. The tulips and iris reticulatas have been spread as necessary to fill in the gaps in the quadrants. More varieties of creeping thymes have been added to the quadrants and filled in those spaces. What, if anything to be added after the tulips have gone by is still a quandry especially after last years dreadful failure with celosia seedlings. Thirty-six were planted, one lived.Violas continue to self sow in the gravel paths. A new color of violas, yellow with a purple edging was planted to add some new genetic material for future beauty pageant contestants. Click here to find out more about the yearly viola beauty pageant.Unmoved through the years, the Chinese Foo Dog stands guard at the base of Paeonia ostii ‘White Phoenix’ through rain, snow, squirrel attacks, sleet, hail and dark of night.