The West Meade Garden- A Spring Report

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Winter was as cruel in West Meade as it was in Green Hills. I have spent the last two mornings cleaning up and separating the Quick from the Dead.

Two large cherry colored Gregg’s Salvias went to the ground, and are showing no signs of life. The Indigo Spires and Mystic Blue Salvias died. I am not certain that any of the Hedychiums (Gingers) lived either, but they stay dormant late, and may surprise me.

The Carolina Climbing Aster, Aster carolinianus, is already a foot out of the ground, and Cestrum “Orange Peel” is alive and sprouting from the roots. Here is a picture of it blooming last summer in the Green Hills Garden.

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Here are some of the other plants in this along the driveway border-

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I  have never cared for azaleas, which I consider Color Blobs, but I make an exception for this one. I do not know what cultivar it is, since it came to this garden before I did.

And here is a “re-blooming” lilac that does not re-bloom.

 

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An Encore azalea, loved by the garden’s owner- The rose beside it is a small apricot Floribunda that is still healthy, as are all the “Knockout” roses in the rock garden border. And here is the self-seeded Purple toadflax, wonderful looking, even when not in bloom.

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This plant is a descendant of a Linaria “Canon Went” I grew in my Bellevue garden two decades ago. It self seeds everywhere there is even a teaspoon of dirt, and it particularly loves rocks. Once it comes to a garden it never leaves.

 

 

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In this photo- Sedum aureovariegata, a Nashville pass-along plant, wild columbine, bearded irises,a “Honeysong” pink aster, and in the pot, Sedum “Thundercloud”, a perennial well worth $10 or $12.

I will be back in West Meade this morning, and will get photos of the rock garden border, though nothing is blooming there as yet-

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2 Responses to The West Meade Garden- A Spring Report

  1. Jenny says:

    It has been a hard winter over much of the US so it is not surprising that plants succumbed to the cold. We are all moaning here about lost plants. Knowing how much I love stonework I am curious about the stone with the circle. Is this s bird bath? Your stone walls and flower shots make me think of England and country gardens.

  2. The stone circle is on a birdbath which came from an estate sale. Estate sales are big in this city, and if you get lucky you can find some very nice garden ornaments.

    This garden belongs to a friend, but I take care of it and add and subtract new plants. Unfortunately the retaining wall seen here needs to be replaced within the next few years, as it is leaning-

    I had a large garden prior to 2008, but unfortunately lost it in the recession. A year later the house and garden were 10 feet under water when the Harpeth River flooded after 20 inches of rain in two days. Now I garden for two of my friends, both medical professionals who do not have time to take care of their gardens.
    Bothe gardens are fortunate in their stone work and their locations.

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