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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hanging Gardens - Part 5

I know this is what you have been waiting for. Thank you for being so patient.

Last year the iris plants were already needing dividing, but as one of a million tasks that needed doing, it didn't get done. So, we went from this in 2010...

... to this in 2011.

I have so many photographs of this area from this year. I did delete some, yet I still have too many, and I know some are almost identical. I couldn't cut out any more, because it was like throwing away my babies. You will just have to bear with me and keep scrolling down.






Growing on the slope with the wind and storms we have caused Holly Hocks to always fall over. They were moved into one of the fence bays.

Iris and young Holly Hocks








The section we call "Wings Over Water" is at the bottom. This was the largest clump of Siberian Iris in bloom this year.
Just past it, we enter the Woodland Garden by this path.

And, yes, there is a bench back in there for sitting...


... and looking back at this, and watching that Barbee' woman deadhead the irises.

*** The End ***


11 comments:

Bob said...

Absolutely splendid, Barbee. Oh, what a joy it must be, now, to walk through it. The bench would be my reading place - for hours.
I've never knowingly seen those Siberian Irises before. Beautiful.
Thanks.

Barbee' said...

Bob, my first commenter, a Big Thank You. You have been most instrumental in keeping me going with this blog over the few years I've had it. Thank you for that support.

Lona said...

Oh how beautiful. The tiers of Irises are so wonderful. I could set there and contemplate all day long looking out over them. Have a wonderful week.

Vetsy said...

How rewarding! I love the photo's and the beautiful work you have done.

Great Job Barbee!

Barbee' said...

Lona, thank you so much. I wish I could hand all my readers a bunch. I think these irises are just as pretty as orchids.

Vetsy, I appreciate your appreciation :) The painter Claude Monet's iris paintings were my inspiration, but I don't have as much blue as he did in his beds. I've been working pretty much with just what was here on the place when we bought it. Of course, I have been moving them about. I did buy some dwarf varieties.

PJ | Home and Garden Decor said...

I had never had a property that I would have to think about how to design a hanging garden. By me looking at your pictures I can tell you did a great job, Barbee. I love how you have planted the different levels and your Siberian Irises are something I had never seen before.

Have a wonderful 4th of July
Paula Jo

Barbee' said...

Paula Jo, how kind of you to leave such a nice comment. That project was our most involved one. Now I enjoy it very much. Thank you for stopping by.

Lucy said...

A veritable river of flowers!

Until this post, I hadn't appreciated that you grow hollyhocks. They are a plant I like a lot. Nor had I quite worked out how the beds have their impact looking up and down. For some reason, I have been aware of them previously in their horizontal version so had understood them separately. Your series makes sense of them.

Mind - such an undertaking to cope with a slope! You might have had less work if you had moved to an empty, level plot and built yourselves a new house!

Hope all's well.

Lucy

Barbee' said...

Lucy, thanks for the chuckle! You are correct about that for sure! However, I did the same thing as our friend Mary, from whom we bought the house. She and I both bought the garden... the house just came with it. She did a lot, but nothing like I have done. I have thoroughly enjoyed developing the different areas and building on what was already here. She left a lot of perennials for me to work with: peonies, irises, daylilies, poppies, spring bulbs, and many not so desirables like wild goldenrod, ironweed, et al. that are pernicious weeds which I have not been able to get rid of in all these 21 years. I am glad that this, the last post, pulled it all together for you and finally made some sense. I really appreciate your visiting and commenting. I seem to be so far behind with that myself. Training five new helpers this summer has just about whipped me, and makes me really feel my age. By-the-way, a Buddleia Butterfly Bush came up in the long brush pile at the foot of The Bank where someone threw some prunings. It reminds me of you every time I see it. We are converting that area to a long daylily bed, but I asked the students to leave the Buddleia.

Gail said...

Beautiful!!!! And lots of work.

Inger said...

Dear Barbee, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. My husband's MRI results were all good, cancer in remission, HepC gone, and liver function getting better. We should know more after the next MRI at the end of January.

I hope you are doing well and that you and your family will have a nice Holiday Season. ~ Inger