. . . Living on a mountain in southwest Virginia...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
On April 26, I went on a tour of 3 local gardens and I thought it would be great to share the good ideas....
Solar Woodland Garden
At the first garden, I was most interested in this passive solar house. It was built in 1986 and is very characteristic of solar houses built at that time--large array of south-facing windows. I did a field study of passive solar house for my dissertation but it was done before this house was built. The front yard had lots of sedum and other sun-loving plants.
Woods surround the back yard where the owners have built woodland paths. This is a wood poppy and was the main flower blooming.
This lilly (similar to the native trout lilly) was about done but I liked the way it was plant at the base of a tree stump.
Garden of Surprises
The front yard of the next garden looked like most of the yards in this older subdivision. A cute sign on the gate welcomes you to the backyard where there are few surprises.
The backyard is a man-made stream with meandering paths.
In the back is a waterfall with a nice bench under a tree.
I took this photo while seated on the bench which would be nice and cool in the summertime heat (or on a day like today where it hit 92 degrees!).
My favorite part was the shed and the vegetable garden. The mirrors on the shed help to cut down on all the purple and reflect the beautiful garden. I like the Gothic metal window frame too.
On the other side are the raised beds.
You could sit on a stool and work this garden!
I bet the short bed is for something tall like corn.
I couldn't leave this garden without showing another one of the cute critters made out of stones and metal.
At the last garden I volunteered to answer questions about the native plants which comprise the majority of the vegetation. This garden had a main feature: huge man-made waterfall and pond which attracts birds, frogs and other critters.
Marsh marigold and yellow pickernel were blooming in the pond.
In the back of this yard, the pawpawwas blooming while the leaves were just starting to grow.
My favorite part of this yard was the great blue heron sculpture done by a local artist. The locust tree had the top sheared off by the derecho a couple of years back. They used the upper part as log pedestal for plants on the patio. The sculpture's life can be prolonged with the use of linseed oil.