• Homecoming


    This is a view from the driveway yesterday.  Even though I’m hopelessly in love with the road, the new car air freshener dangling from my rear view mirror, and my odometer locked in around 65 mph, I like the slow lane leading up to my garden and the quiet joy that emanates from a respite of my creation.

    But I’m also rest-averse when it comes to spending time in the garden.  I feel like I have to be doing something.  Sitting and enjoying is nice, sure, but doing, gardening, and milling about seems more my style.  Yesterday’s chore was to hem back my billowy specimen of Solidago drummondii (syn. S. rugosa ssp. aspera), which happily flopped over everything nearby.  Sedums, dianthus, small peonies, and centaureas, this thing takes no prisoners when it getsa’ growin’.

    So it’s time for a haircut.  Don’t ever feel bad about taking early fall blooming perennials back by a third or half sometime in mid-summer.  You’ll get a denser, lusher flush of foliage and likely a better crop of blooms.  It’s hardly a chore either.  Grab a sharp pair of hedge trimmers or hefty pruning shears and you’ll whip up a new do in less than five.

    Here’s a before shot:sodr












    Now grab the shears and go!

    Here’s an after shot:sodr2












    You can’t even tell it was there!  It’s so manicured looking now and I can see behind it!  I’ll post an update later in the season when it fills back in and another when it starts to bloom in September.  If you don’t have this goldenrod, you must track it down.  It’s simply exceptional.

2 Responsesso far.

  1. Jane says:

    Hi Kelly
    I’m new to your blog and enjoy the pictures,
    Can you tell me names of the low growing flowering plants in “Homecoming” picture-view from the driveway? Also what type of mulch do you use? It looks like a fine grind.

  2. kdnblog says:

    Hi Jane,
    Thanks for reading and commenting! I’ll do my best to give you names and precise locations:
    yellow: Helenium amarum, yellowdicks
    red-pink: Callirhoe involucrata, poppy mallow
    light-blue (mid-ground of photo): Linum perenne, perennial flax
    The rock garden is “mulched” with pea gravel.

    Let me know of any other questions you have!

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