Photos are taken of various parts and plants of the Fairegarden, they are then tagged with the date and held in folders until being used in blog posts.
Above: Gifted Iris siberica ‘Butter and Sugar’ from daughter Semi.
As garden plans are made, wish lists recorded and checked periodically, the archives of published blog posts provide handy dandy access to valuable information. What was blooming at what time of year and what else was also blooming or was planted nearby helps jog a sometimes forgetful gardener’s memory.
Above: Allium ‘Mt. Everest’ in the Lawn/Meadow
Sometimes plants do poorly or skip a year of bloom, or disappear entirely. Searching on the blog or using an internet search engine using the name of the plant and adding Fairegarden to the search brings up those posts containing just what we are looking for.
Above: The repurposed wheelbarrow now planter with the hummingbird favorite red Salvia coccinea ‘Lady in Red’ as the thriller.
We know the hummers love these red Salvias because photos of their visits in this garden in previous years exist out there in the sanctum of the world wide web.
Above: Nigella damascena and Salvia greggii
Writing the full botanical name of the plants takes time and research to get the spelling and/or name changes correct, but that is the key to finding what we are looking for. It also helps folks who might be looking for information or photos of a particular plant, too. Sometimes a Plant Portrait post is written to supply both to be even more helpful. Click here and/or here for two such stories about the foxglove family.
Above: Digitalis purpurea, they attract fairies, you know.
Some of the gardens here change very little from year to year, such as the front gardens. It is nice to see how things continue to grow that were planted long ago.
Above: The view from the driveway of the front round and raised beds, written about here. Featured plants are Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’, Veronica austriaca subsp teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue’, Geranium sanguineum, Rosa ‘Knockout’ in the lower round. In the raised bed are Oreganum vulgare ‘Aureum’, Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Atropurpureum’ and Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Boulevard’.
Time consuming, yes, writing all of those plant names with proper capitalization and italicization, but those are their names, and writing them several times can help one to memorize them.
Above: The Knot Garden, with photos taken of this view of it was first featured in another of the earliest posts, here.
And that brings us to the final image, the newest feature of the Fairegarden. A gift from my husband, The Financier for my recent birthday was this beautiful Horn of the Unicorn made by sweet Barbara Sanderson of Glass Gardens Northwest. Finding just the right location to best showcase the cobalt blue horn led to it being installed atop the golden heath of the Yellow/White Garden, Erica carnea ‘Westwood Yellow’. This post will mark that event for future reference and future fun gazing back on times past.