Garden Recap of 2015

Spirea in fall

I have neglected my garden area for a good many years. Recently I started raising chickens and found myself spending more time outside watching them. They were a huge help in helping me clear the weeds and inspiring me in general. Naturally they are also willing to clear out any plants I am hoping to cultivate and I have spent a lot of time on restricting their access and concentrating on plants tolerant of their type of abuse. Fortunately I have a good number of established plants and shrubs to play with.

Maple Crimson Queen

Japanese Maple Crimson Queen

I feel so lucky to have found this little Japanese maple at a price I could afford. She is a little beat up and needs a bit of shaping but I love her just the same.


Lespedeza and Phlox

My wild Phlox threw a lighter pink seedling. I was able to transplant it successfully to a more fitting spot.


One of my greatest garden successes was the year I grew poppies. It started with a wildflower seed mat that I got at a fundraiser for my son's school. Several different flowers came up, I think mostly annuals. The mix included 2 different types of poppies, a green ferny leaf kind with small orange flowers and the more familiar kind with flowers of pink to grey to red to white. The following year the poppies reseeded all along the ditch by the roadside making a real live traffic stopping display. In time the buttercups choked out the poppies, but in 2015 I happened to disturb the soil enough to encourage some of the orange ones to come back. I hear that the seeds can lay dormant for quite some time, so at least for this year I want to hold off on ordering new seeds in the hopes that some of my original ones will reappear.

Monarda and Hummingbird Moth

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Mirabilis longiflora

Mirabilis longiflora

I started Mirabilis longiflora from seed many years ago and they are hardy in 2 different areas of my zone 6 garden. They do not self sow and I have not tried saving the seeds.

Phlox and Butterfly

butterfly visiting Phlox bloom

The Jungle

Visiting plant nurseries is one of my favorite things to do. My job has me traveling to several local towns, and I had great fun frequenting all the area nurseries while I was out. These are some of the beauties I picked up this year.

Picea glauca 'Echiniformis'

Helmond Pillar barberry

Crimson Pygmy barberry

Green Hornet barberry

Chamacyparis pisifera 'White Pygmy'

Chamycyparis obtusa 'Golden Sprite'

Juniperus sqamata 'Blue Star'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Pygmy'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Limeglow'

Hiloteliphium 'Autumn Fire'

Hosta 'Fire Island'

Viola walteri 'Silver Gem'

Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'

Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

Ajuga 'Dixie Chip'

Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'

Sedum requieni

Sedum reflexum 'Solar Spice'

Sedum nevii

Sedum ochroleucum 'Red Wiggle'

Spirea 'Anthony Waterer'

Malus 'Purple Prince'

Eupatorium 'Baby Joe'

Agastache 'Arizona Sun'

Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune'