Thousands of years ago, glaciers determined the lay-out of our garden by carving valleys and ridges on a North-South axis. In 1997, the boulders we found on our land were arranged in three walls parallel with Cilley Hill, our horizon. Then, we let nature run its course. Steeplebush, meadow sweet, yarrow, fleabane, mint, daisy, lupine, rudbeckia, mallow, bedstraw, lungwort, pansy, beebalm and periwinkle emerged in the crevices between the boulders. The Underhill plant sale provided plants that blend into the landscape; astilbe, monkshood, bishops weed, bugleweed, tickweed, knotweed, Joe-Pye weed, lungwort, foxglove, geranium, sandwort, goatsbeard, windflower, columbine, catnip, turtlehead, bleeding heart, .... For extra color, we added a few profuse bloomers that can take care of themselves; peonies, clematis, helenium. Mainly, my gardening is weeding species that tend to dominate; yarrow, mallow, bindweed, vetch, campion, celandine and of course all kinds of grass. No pesticides, no fertilizers. Now, (2014), we have more than two hundred species in our yard. Every day, from May to September, old acquintances reappear.
- Below this text is a slideshow of our garden.
- The change in seasons is depicted in this slideshow.
- 75 more photos . Click on a photo, then on "Slideshow" and choose Full screen.
Albums with tags for the color of a flower and the month of bloom remind me of plant names. Anyone can use these albums.
Jan de Vries; 2014