Posts Tagged ‘new gardens’

The Garden has Settled In…

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
New gardens look like they belong

New gardens look like they belong

Many new landscapes take a while to meld seamlessly with their surroundings.  I am not a fan of this gardening technique.  The three years it takes for most perennials to mature seems too long to realize your vision.  Either way, the plants hardly ever behave exactly as you expect.  For instance, why did every ‘Overdam’ grass turn brown soon after planting?  They flowered just fine, but something seems strange.  I never used this grass before, so it will be a lesson that encompasses several growing seasons.  I have to learn the nature of this plant.

It is almost mid-September, and soon it will be time to cut back and get this new garden ready for its first winter rest.  After a brilliant birth it needs to garner strength for its juvenile season.

 

 

Let the planting begin…

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Between now and our last blog, Yoshio and I went to San Ramon (Jesse, Lisa, and Owen’s house), Mendocino, and Napa California.  I ordered plants from Equinox Valley Nursery in Manchester for the new gardens, plants arrived at Ormsby Hill, and plants went in the prepared beds.  While we are still awaiting more plants, and have several full days of planting left, my dream garden is a reality.

Special, special thanks to Equinox Valley Nursery (www.equinoxvalleynursery.com), located just south of the inn, for their amazing support in providing all the plants for this garden within our budget.  They have very big hearts!  Also, Jim Colvin, a local lawn care business owner, shared my vision for this field, starting with the labyrinth.  He is an expert at working the land and we are happy he is part of the Ormsby Hill family.  Yoshio, Christine, Amanda, and Nicole have spent hours planting.  I am so grateful for everyone’s help.

 

First load of plants delivered by Equinox Valley Nursery

First load of plants delivered by Equinox Valley Nursery

Setting plants in place

Setting plants in place

After first day of planting

After first day of planting

 

Snow, Please Go Away

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The snow in southern Vermont has been around long enough. Today is the first day of SPRING! It’s time to measure for my new garden and and mentally place plants here and there (fun stuff). It’s time to order additional seed for the wildflower labyrinth (more fun). It’s time to call Jimmy to remind him he promised to help me remove sod, and prepare the new planting beds (not fun, but necessary). It’s time to call Craig at Equinox Valley Nursery to schedule the installation of irrigation for the new garden (not fun, worthy of procrastination). So why am I not doing any of that? The field is still buried under a foot of snow, and a glacier blocks my entry.

Parking lot glacier obstructs new garden site

Parking lot glacier obstructs new garden site