I live on over 6 wooded acres, and only around the house is it cleared enough to allow for a decent amount of gardening space. Over the years I have added small garden areas I call pocket gardens. This post is about the one I added during the hot summer of 2012, and was built against a retainer wall on the side of the house. That side of the house is visible as I drive in the drive, although where I put the garden is not. I plan on putting stone on the wall eventually, but decided to go ahead and plant the garden first, although it would have been easier to stone the wall first. Oh well. Over the rest of the summer I will post on the others, including two new ones added this summer.
Here is the same garden space about 6 weeks later, it now it is late August…………..it really thrived, but only after a lot of TLC and watering.
These are a few photos of this area taken in June of this year, almost a year after it was built. It was one of the rare days of sunshine and no rain. It was so wet and rainy this summer (record rain) we really didn’t plant anything else here, so all you see are the perennials that were originally planted. We had other areas to get built and established so we let it stay as is, although with the weather it has been a slow go.
So there you have it…..one pocket garden. It has been an incredibly challenging year to garden, or rather not garden. It rained such that in the early spring when I usually set about seedlings and seeds, it was too wet to do so, and in the end I could not. That is why I love perennials so much. In all my large containers, scattered throughout the gardens and on the deck, they are troupers, always coming back, even if because of the rain the flowers did not last as long.
I look forward to sharing with you a couple of other pocket gardens and garden projects, one of which includes an art installation. I await a call from the steel fabricators to see if they have finished some items per my specs. Can’t wait. Laters, charisse