Our garden: March going out

I’m going to be traveling for the next few weeks, so I wanted to leave you with some snapshots that I took this morning of the lower lawn area.

(Pictures of the upper lawn are here).

The long lower lawn from the south end.

The borders are filling out, and I’m starting to see more blooms.  Most of the plants were put in in the last eight months — many of them in the last couple of months, including some purple coneflowers that I started from seed.

(To see a garden plan and some “before” photos, click here and here.)

Above and below, on the right side:  the flowers will be — in about 6′ to 12′ sections — 1) red with some pink; 2) purple with some pink and white; 3) yellow and blue; 4) pink and some burgundy; 5) yellow and some burgundy; then a section of green, burgundy, and yellow foliage; 6) (way down there) pink, orange, and white.

Our Kigali garden/ enclos*ure

Next month, I’ll show the borders closer up, section by section.

There are also a number of plants with variegated or burgundy or bronze foliage interspersed throughout.  Everything just needs a little more growing time, but it’s been raining almost daily this month (we never really had much of a winter dry season), so I’ll see a lot of change when I get back.

Below is the lawn from the other end.

From the other end of the lawn.

Below are the borders on the other side of the lawn.  The photo just below shows what will be a mostly yellow section at the base of the retaining wall and a yellow and blue section above (with a little white, pink and purple).

A yellow section of border in front of the retaining walls.

Below, the goldenrod is blooming.

Goldenrod in bloom.

Below:  the steps and retaining wall borders from the other direction.

The steps and retaining walls.

Above: in the lower border, on the far side of the steps, you can just glimpse a little of the lamb’s ear that I grew from seeds from my parents’ garden.

Below: yellow lantana, pink gerbera daisies, blue evolvulus, yellow crown of thorns, ginger with yellow striped leaves, and a giant white rosebush.

Lantana, gerbera daisies, yellow crown of thorns, and a giant white rosebush.

The vine Cleodendrum thomsoniae var. delectum growing on plant supports in a bed between the retaining walls.

Above and below is a Clerodendrum thomsoniae var. delectum vine growing on plant supports in the upper bed between the two retaining walls.  You can also see the top of one of four burgundy-flowered sunflowers that are coming up in this mostly red (with some pink) section.

One of four burgundy sunflowers coming up in a mostly red-flowing area.

Finally, below is a baby wild mullein coming up from seed from my parents’ Virginia garden.

Wild mullein from seeds from my parents' Virginia garden.

The bright blue flowers are Evolulus ‘Blue Sapphire.’

I’m looking forward seeing the garden with fresh eyes when I return.

New York City is on my schedule.  Of course, I will walk through the High Line, and there’s a show on Impressionism and 19th c. fashion at MOMA that I want to see.  Any other recommendations for NYC in April?

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Our garden: flower color

I have flower colors on the brain right now.

I’m going to try some (mostly) single-color planting combinations in some sections of the long borders — and dramatic contrasts in others.

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We have blooms all year round here and lots of space. The main borders are along the lower lawn, so I don’t think  that the colorful arrangements will compete too much with our terrace views of the city and hills.

I’ll probably make a good, old mess at first, but I have a year to experiment and a year to make corrections.

The photos above are some reference pictures I took of all the flowers we have right now (a few things aren’t blooming). I’ve been going around and tagging the colors of the roses and daylilies as they bloom.

I have a number of flowering shrubs in the borders that are too big to move, so I will start my color selections with them.