Nice views

For the past several weeks I've been doing little jobs in the garden. Moving pots out of the garage, potting up new plants, weeding, dragging potted bamboos around, cutting down last year's dead growth, pruning -- you know, gardening.

All of a sudden yesterday I realized that depending on where you gaze, the garden is starting to look pretty nice.


So I thought I'd take a moment to look around and show you. I'll start on the south side of the house, where what may or may not be a 'Fourth of July' climbing rose is becoming impressive:

Looking at the same rose from the front, toward the backyard:

This bed is looking pretty nice right now, but starts baking later in the summer:

Moved into the backyard now. The patio (shown in the first photo) is to the right of the Japanese maple:

There are two spots where yellow will catch your eye and hold it in my yard. The first is this patch of Pleioblastus viridistriatus bamboo in the southeast corner of my yard:

I don't want to get too close to the pond right now, as I always end up standing there for 10 minutes whenever I do:

This next one is taken from the same spot as the above photo, but looking to the left instead of right:

Moving a few steps forward, standing just to the left of the pink-bloomed 'Nearly Wild' rose from the above photo and turning to the patio on the left:

This is probably my favorite spot in the garden right now, so it's worth a closer look:

The "prairie" bed isn't too impressive yet, but there's plenty going on with the bamboos and the ninebark (both of which will be featured in their own posts soon):

Like how the deer prune those two roses for me? At least they're tall enough to flower on top now where the deer can't (or won't) reach.

The second patch of burn-your-eyes yellow is compliments of this barberry in the northeast corner of the garden, which is starting to attain some size:

There are a few tasks to finish up in the garden, but at least now I know why I spend so much time just standing around looking at everything. (I thought I was just being lazy.)


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Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (April 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM)  

Oh WOW!! Everything is looking soooo good, I'm totally envious! The rose, the huge bamboos, the Miscanthus, the barberry, jap. maple, everything - its all tooo beautiful! Just stunning. But no fair ... I want to see the pond :)

Barbie  – (April 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM)  

I am massively impressed - it is so lush and colourful. The roses and the bamboo - to DIE for! Christine is right! WOW!
It is restful and I would stand there for hours just watering the garden - my favourite pasttime! :-)

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM)  

What an understatement to say that you garden is beginning to look "pretty nice." It's much more than just "nice," LOL.

I love all the different shades of green. You certainly have had a lot more rain than we have :-).

Can't wait to see how everything continues to grow throughout the year.

Alan  – (April 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM)  

Glad you like it!

Barbie and Gerhard: yes, we've been getting lots and lots of rain recently. Standing there watering is something I hope I won't have to do until July at the earliest. I'd rather stand there doing nothing. :-)

Gardener on Sherlock Street  – (April 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM)  

So good to take time to enjoy your labors. It is really looking good.

Steve Lau  – (April 24, 2012 at 12:32 AM)  

I find it amazing how you can fit so many plants in your yard, and have them all co-exist.Your yard looks like those pictures from the gardening books.

Your pictures make me feel like I need to add a lot more plants.

Alan  – (April 24, 2012 at 7:46 AM)  

Steve: it wasn't always this packed. Add a few plants every month, and all of a sudden (10 years later) you have a really full garden. :-)

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