Sunday, August 21, 2011

If a Tree Falls in a Forest.....

I was so happy, we finally got rain. We needed it so badly! I couldn't wait to walk the back 40 to see how my garden looked.


Even the huge Weeping Beech perked up a bit.


The ponds all looked a bit higher.


Things are filling in so much it is hard to see the gazebo.


But it is easy to see the puppy. She doesn't wear camouflage.


She is always checking the grounds though. She knows how to 'police' her area.


Rolling stones may gather no moss but stepping stone sure do.


The creek was running faster from the rains.


I have lots of work to do in the lower patio area. Anyway, I couldn't wait to walk through the doors and see how the garden looked.


Damn! That is half of one of my big maple trees. Though I lost half a tree, it fell as judiciously as possible! I hope the rest of the tree survives.




Toad house.


Planting was delayed until the tree could be cut up. At least I got some firewood out of it!


As usual..look who was waiting for me to come home! It was Teddy's snack time and you sure don't want to be late for that. This puppy keeps me on a strict schedule.


As soon as she sees me returning, she heads straight for the house.


While I was on my planting break, I took a picture of my Staub pumpkins which I just got out. I love these pots.


This is where all the cooking happens.


So, back to the garden to finish the task. I was so lucky it did not do much damage.


I planted more of the Gerbera daisies and this time I remembered to show how bad they looked before I cleaned them up.


After a good soaking from the sprinkler, I will fill in with mulch.


The damn birds ate all of my grapes.


I can't wait for it to fill in. There is going to be a lot of deadheading happening now through Fall.

I placed my little village under the Oakleaf Hydrangeas.


Click for a better look.


My sorry little lost garden from this summer shall rise in glory for the Fall. At least I hope so. I saw a lot of slugs while I was planting and I can't put out beer or I would have a drunk puppy!


This is a sad picture. This is the area that used to be a wall of Arborvitae. They all broke and died because of the heavy snows from the last two winters. I am going to replace them with the Thuja Green Giants which are much hardier.


The Lily Pads are dying back.


Those Impatiens relocated themselves to this spot. The water recirculates seeds.

I did a lot more work which I will post tomorrow.

15 comments:

Barb said...

I think your fall garden is going to be just beautiful. Your garden has wonderful bones to work with. I love the way you have put little houses around. I like the idea of some fairy houses in the garden and your garden has given me some ideas.

Adsila said...

You have a beautiful place and garden. I am envious.

laurie said...

wow, do you have any help at all with this large area?Its jus such a lovely place,, its a bit like an enchanted forest yet groomed,, does that make sense,, it truly is a bit of heaven for sure,, I just love the toad house,, my friend is a potter and she makes them,, I just used broken clay pots till she made me one.Teddy is really your buddy for sure,, the pumpkin pots are beautiful just beautiful,, I wondered if you had a lot of bees this year, I painted bees today becasue the word is we are losing our bees for some reason.The lady we buy honey from has lost one third of her bees,,

the wild magnolia said...

I am always happy, and sigh deeply, when I visit your gardens.

Enchanting.

Teddy Garden Police xoxo

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

It is amazing what difference a rain does after a long heat wave. All dirt on the leafs is washed away and all the plants show their appreciation.

Your garden always looks fantastic but I can imagine how it will look when all those mums and gerbera´s flowers together!

Have a great day!
Christer.

Pricilla said...

I'm sorry for your tree. It's always sad when they die.

I love gerbera daisies.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

now i see where you have been...it looks so great...i loved it all..love the toad house, the little village..really cute... love the ponds and the streams and the fish...LOVED seeing your kitchen and i LOVE those Staub pumpkin pieces... really..those are so great...and love seeing teddy...she sure is your buddy...

it's going to be a beautiful Fall in your garden....

70 days till Halloween...lets enjoy every minute, my friend

kary and l'il teddy

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like you had a busy, busy day!

Jennifer Rose said...

love the toad house :D

Sonya said...

Always love looking at your pictures. Love the kitchen too.

TARYTERRE said...

You look like you have your hands full with your garden. It's gorgeous. All your hard work is paying off. I love the water features. And stepping stones. Teddy blends into the landscape perfectly as she polices the area. You are very lucky.

edenhills said...

So sorry you lost part of your maple tree, but at least you got some rain with it. I just lost one of my big oak trees, and I didn't even get any rain for it. It just made a bridge for the goats to get into the bean field.

Teresa

petoskystone said...

those pots are lovely, indeed. so nice to be out & about after a rain near autumn. the earth smells so rich. glad to see that teddys' feeling fine enough to patrol.

The Jammie Girl said...

Oh, my goodness! I had never thought about the dogs drinking the beer I'd put out for slugs! I guess mine just aren't beer drinkers. They tend to hover when I'm having a glass of wine, though, so maybe their palates are just different ;)

Jan said...

Gorgeous! Fantastic! A wonderful place to call home~~~
Jan