Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scenes from Havenwood, June 2015

The Rose Garden at just 9 months old.
Welcome to Pennsylvania in June! Flowers are popping out every moment, so it is hard to even keep up with seeing what is new, let alone sharing it. (Though I have been doing a better job on Instagram / Twitter !) These are the days when every walk through the garden reveals new delights... everything growing like crazy.

This is RHS testing week for me, so I am busy reviewing my list of 300 plants that I am supposed to know backwards & forwards. :) But I could not let this week get away without share a little of what is blooming here at our new garden, Havenwood....


A new Kalmia, Mountain Laurel, that we are very excited about to go with our native white one.
Is it possible that this is actually my favorite bit of the garden at the moment? I am having so much fun with our new veg garden this year!
And its been yummy already!
Steps to the Knot Garden with Nepeta faassenii 'Walkers' Low', catmint.
Lovely new Digitalis (foxglove) for the Knot Garden's hot color border.
View into the Rose Garden to the European Hornbeam hedge, Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'.
Swaths of catmint around the Birch Walk.
Astrantia major, masterwort, in the Rose Garden.
View from the road into our garden paradise. Sedum acre is keeping the curb lively.
Gladiolus communis ssp byzantinus, one of the stars in the Rose garden this month. It is a hardy bulb! Very easy to use.
Pink flowers on the Spirea 'Gold Flame', acid green florets of Alchmilla mollis, Geranium 'Orion' and Asiatic lilies.
My favorite: Verbascum 'Southern Charm'
Not bad for being only 9 months old, eh? Look here to see this area all in grass last July.
Thanks for looking around!

Follow me on Instagram / Twitter if you would enjoy a day by day up date on what is new around Havenwood! ...like our first rose, David Austin's 'Gertrude Jekyll' !

Have a wonderful summer!
~Julie

Linked to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day at May Dreams.

17 comments:

  1. Julie, I was just thinking about you and your garden design the other day. So happy to see your garden and how it is unfolding - so beautifully! What a huge undertaking this has been and will, undoubtedly, provide many years of engagement to come. Good luck on your RHS test.
    Rita C at Panoply

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  2. I love the design of your garden and so nice to see how it has grown in only nine months. The Verbascum 'Southern Charm' is also one of my favorites.

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  3. Lovely to watch your garden taking shape. Also, when we had RHS exams, our teacher told us to fill jam jars with plant specimens and put them on the stairs. We weren't allowed to move to the next step until we had named all the plants! Certainly learned them all fast! Good luck with your exams.

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    1. That is a great tip, Karen. Very helpful to apply all those latin names to REAL plants for making brain connections. The tests went really well! Thanks for reading!
      ~Julie

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  4. Good luck with your exam, but I have no doubt that you will do very well.
    Your new garden is just breathtaking... so harmonious, very structured but not strict, and so good looking - hard to believe it's so recent ! I think it would have taken me 5 years to get to this result !

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  5. Your new garden looks fabulous! You've really made progress with it all. I agree--veg gardens are fun. I only wish I had more sun here. Thanks for sharing some highlights from your garden. :)

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  6. Well done, only 9 months, thats amazing, love your array of plants & design, cant wait to see it in another 9 months!

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  7. I can not get over all you have done in your new garden! It is just breath taking! Well done! And happy growing! Nicole

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  8. Wow, what an incredible difference. You did a whole lot of work in the last 9 months. Looks amazing!!!

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    1. BTW, I know you've been saving and budgeting for a project like this for a while. Are you comfortable sharing about how much money went into your new garden at Havenwood?

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    2. Hi Margaret! Thanks for the encouragement.

      Well, the biggest investment was in the yew hedging, which took somewhere around 65 bushes.... that came out to $1000, which was actually a good deal. Many of the perennials were pieces from around that I had, or just whole plants that I moved from Gilmore. All the Sedum and other ground covers came from my gardens. Bulbs I buy at Van Engelen, so they are much cheaper than elsewhere. Catmint is all pieces from my other garden. Roses from David Austin were another big investment this year... totaling over $300. But each plant was only $17 as a bare root, so again, a very good value because I bought them smaller. Cost of gravel & sand for paths & mushroom compost for beds.
      ~Julie
      ~Julie

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    3. Wow..that's not bad at all. I have 8 new yew bushes and 10 new boxwoods that I have started rooting from cuttings. I know it will take a little longer for them to grow..but they are so easy to propogate. I love David Austin Roses...so far I only have one. But $17 bucks is great. The one that I have and bought a couple of years ago I paid about $60 for it. May I ask what your source for the David Austins is? I really miss your posts Julie. Good luck with your studies!

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    4. Check here:
      http://wifemothergardener.blogspot.com/2015/03/rosy-plans-for-year.html

      Thanks Margaret!

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  9. I love it, both the design and choice of plants.

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    1. Thanks Helena! Glad you enjoyed looking around.
      ~Julie

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  10. I said Wow at the first picture! Then I was speechless! How many beds did you put in from of the house since you moved in? Love your layout and design! Heavenly indeed!

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    1. Thanks Daniela! All of the beds in the rose garden are new in the past year... including the hedging. The larger shrubs and grass was all that was there a year ago. Thanks for following along!~Julie

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