One of my blog readers recently asked to see more of the garden than just my flower paintings. So I thought I’d take you on a little tour.
The immediate yard around the house is about two acres and it sits in the middle of the whole property. Much of that is in woods, fields, streams and some fields. Very private. Love it.
As visitors drive up the long lane which turns at the end, they’re greeted with my giant chicken. His head bobs on a spring in the wind. Children and silly grownups like to beat on it with a stick so it sounds like a metal drum. It stands in a patch of lilies of the valley which acts as a ground cover of sorts.
To the left and south of the house is the main garden which is about 40 x 60. We have this plowed each spring and then I plant it in thirds, rotating crops each year. Here you can see two crops of sweet corn, many varieties of tomatoes and peppers, some eggplant, squash, beans, herbs, and always always flowers, including a whole row of sunflowers. I do all the planting and hoeing between plants. My husband rototills between rows. However, by late July, most of the garden takes care of itself.
This is the spring garden which is pretty messy this time of year. Three kinds of onions, garlic, kale, lettuce and spinach bolting in the cold frame, asparagus, and to the far left two more kinds of squash.
I have several flowerbeds and an herb bed, but I found it easier to maintain flowers in pots. So, there is an eclectic collection of about 40. Some flowers for sun, some for shade.
At the far east side of the yard is an old perennial bed. This time of year you can find weigela, yellow garden loosetrife, lilies, lambs ear, coreopsis and much more. It’s always something. The columbine is past. Yet to bloom will be yucca, gladiolas, purple cone flower, and I have forgotten what else. And, I love my favorite flying pig garden sculpture made from old farm implements. It bounces in the wind, too.
There is always something new to see in the garden. I tidy it up once or twice a year but am not obsessed with having every weed pulled and tamed. There are successes and failures. Some plants readily reseed themselves. Some even seem to move! The raspberries will be coming soon. The day lilies are blooming. It’s just a pleasure to walk around nearly any time of year.
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank