Today’s garden photos come from Cheryl Moon.
You featured my “resurrected” gardens in October 2017, the first season after rebuilding from a fire. Those photos didn’t show any winter scenery, nor did they include any photos of the gardens that were not affected by the fire, so I thought I could send some along now that do both.
This picture was taken a year ago with our first of several snowfalls. This is the south side of our home, which is on a southerly sloping hill that is mostly limestone outcropping. My husband, Jim, has built walls from stone from the property to retain enough dirt for us to have gardens.
This was taken the same day, from about the same place but about 120 degrees to the left. This hillside was covered with scrub, vines, and weeds 10 years ago, when my husband’s mother died. But friends of ours gave us two plants, an everblooming hydrangea and a gold mop cypress, in honor of her passing, and we had no place to plant them. So we cleared the brush and started a Japanese garden. The structure on the right side of the picture is an old root cellar that we dressed up with bamboo trim for the door.
Here is a metal sculpture by a friend of ours, with a branch of Sambucus nigra Black Lace (Black Lace elderberry, Zones 6–8) in the foreground. We think Big Bird looks quite dapper with his new cap!
Another picture showing how beautiful the leaves of sambucus are when they have captured some snow.
We started a gravel garden last year using a root ball that had washed up on our creek bank. Here is a very early spring picture of a sedum and Mexican hair grass (Nassella tenuissima, Zones 7–11) clustered around that log.
We have a red buckeye (Aesculus pavia, Zones 5–9) on the hillside between the house and the Japanese garden. Early last spring, we got this photo of the fat buds on the buckeye looking just like the goldfinches feeding from the seed feeder.
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