Musing over the photos of last year’s garden, I realize I lost most of the late winter and spring. Constructing the new reflecting pool and surrounding area, then replanting the construction site took most of my attention and made a mess of the garden. Apart from the winter interest provided by an ice storm in early January, the 2013 garden year didn’t really start until well into May.
An ice-coated garden
Thinking we were having an early spring, I burned and cut the garden earlier than usual. Here, Miscanthus in flames on the bank up to the house. Rather dramatic, but most of the burning is small scale and done one grass at a time.
Little of interest in April, except for the Sanguarnia along the road and just outside the house.
The garden gets going in the second week of May–all green and gold.
My first Garden Conservancy Open Days was on June 29. I loved seeing people in the garden–over 200 on this occasion. The garden came alive in a way I’d not seen before.
Visitors make it possible to see the scale of the garden and to see how immersive the experience can be.
The second Garden Conservancy Open Days was on October 19, three days after the New York Times published an article by Michael Tortorello–“The Good-for-Nothing Garden”–on my garden. Attendance, as you might think, shot up to over 300.
The next day, Andrea Jones, on assignment for Noel Kingsbury on the east coast, arrived to do a photo shoot of the garden. Here she is taking a close-up shot of one of my new Lindera glauca v. angustifolia.