Late summer

What can I say? I’ve neglected to document the garden’s progress this summer. By way of comparison, you may want to see my last post on the garden in the early days of summer, way back on June 2.

You’ll see quite a difference. In fact you will not see some things from the earlier post at all. The plants are now so tall much of the garden has to be explored step by step. Now when you walk the garden, it’s an immersive process, a journey; you almost feel your way through.

Now is the time of gardening by subtraction. The diagonals and acute angles the giant Silphiums fall into are appealing in their quixotic way. They create a structural tension I find even more interesting than the flowers. But when they lean across paths and block the way, it’s time to pull them out. So these weeks of high summer, when the tall yellow Silphium, Eutrochium and Inula are peaking, weekly removals are essential.

This is a time of blue sky days. To see out, you have to look up. The dark woods circling the garden, and the tall plants reaching upward, naturally carry your eyes to the sky. It’s almost as if the garden is a golden bowl open only at the top.

So take a wander …







Parts of the garden incorporate the forest edge, so even at high noon you find a chiaroscuro of light and dark …


… a great relief from the brilliance of the more open garden.










The forest edge encroaches in several places along the garden’s circumference. This is the largest such incursion; I call it the woodland garden … and a pleasant place it is to sit, even on hot days.





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9 thoughts on “Late summer

  1. Great. I really liked the explanation of the enclosing forest and so one looks to the sky. My garden is very open, but we are at the bottom of a vast bowl and enclosed by mountain ranges. One always is looking up.

  2. I noticed you haven’t been posting. I hope that is because you’ve been busy with other (more enjoyable?) things. Or even busy writing a book???

    The wait is worth it. The photos really convey a sense of place.

    1. Life has been so very busy, Pat, I decided I had to post something, even if only photos, before I leave for London, then the Urban Growth conference in Lund, Sweden. I hope to post about that, but no promises. Since I retired last December, I seem to have less time than ever before. But I do hope to see a few gardens on this brief trip.

    1. A lot of biomass, David, but it desiccates over winter leaving a much lighter debris. My biomass disposal area grows higher very slowly, so I know some kind of organic activity is happening at the bottom.

  3. James, I have been even more remiss than you about blog reading AND blog writing! I think time will come when it is again at the forefront of our activities. Beautiful, moody photos. Cheers!

    1. Yes, Emily. I think my problem is in part the complexity of WordPress. I’m considering yet a third move of my blog to SquareSpace. So much easier to use. I was able to create my own web page, which I’m quite pleased with, and may yet move the blog again, just for ease of use. Having two archived blogs and one active one can be a bit confusing, but so is the world.

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