Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Life on the ant hill - garden tour

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Center of my front spiral garden.

My front garden is a 30 by 20 foot spiral garden. It has this shape not because of some sort of mysterical reason, or because I was feeling artistic the day I planned it. Rather, it was the most efficient way of putting pathes around my dwarf fruit trees. However, now that it is set up, I do find something mystical about it. It is peaceful to slowly walk to the centre, pausing now and then to weed or watch the progress of a flower. And though the bench in the centre is the perfect height for a child (we will be raising it but the centre stone is 100lbs so I will not be doing so - again - by myself), it is still pleasant to pause for a moment, surrounded by growing things.

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Spiral garden in mid-June

This is its first year completed though the design and some plants were laid in place last year. As the garden matures things will have to be moved around or replaced. Just like any living ecosystem, it will be in constant change. It is also a potager so some space is dedicated to temporary planting of vegetables though I may add more permanent eats next year such as a bed of chicory, and self seeded salsify.

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Ground Cherries, Helenium, and fading daffodiles.

Right now, along with 2 dwarf apples, a semi-dwarf plum, rhubarb, a hedge of gooseberry, current, and rugosa, there is also ground cherry, a sad looking eggplant, tomatillo, pepper, basil, dill, shallots and garlic.

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Ninebark behind a rosa rugosa which gives great rose hips.

These are mixed with the usual rioteous display of gifted,

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Plant cycle gifted sebum - thanks Val!

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First plant cycle event I attended, gifted bellflower

bought

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Regular old cranesbill

and found plants.

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Infamously beautiful lawn weed from my lawn

I look forward to watching its ever changing face throughout the glorious snowless season!

1 comment:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

What great pictures... I love the spiral garden, even if it just kind of spontaneously happened that way. :)