Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Virgin Territory

At last. Almost a year later, I was able to plant in this lovely little space. Twelve foot wide, and at the deepest, seven foot down. A small but perfectly formed space which is my parents' new garden. Nothing too arduous or time consuming to look after, perennials the lot of them, to come back and bring joy year after year. My first new garden creation in a long time.

So, off to the garden centre in nearby Palatine, Knupper's Nursery. I highly recommend it if you are in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Fantastic selection of plants.

This site gets some morning sun, and for the rest of the day is in shade, and so needed some shade lovers. I had recommendations; Sweet Woodruff, Columbine. And that's what I went for.

Plus! An Iris, at my father's request. Two Heuchera's, Obsidian (the purple one) and Stoplight Foamy Bells (a lovely green with red accents). A Phlox for the scent. Lady's Mantle, just because (I seem to be repeating the English theme here!). One bunch of Dianthus, again for the scent and the absolute darlingness of them. These are close to the house just in case they can catch the scent when they open the window.

Bugle, Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'.

My mother picked that out, and a good choice too, as it will spread and be a lovely carpet in that section. That's the one on the right.

First we placed everything out to get the correct layout. Low in the front, higher at the back. That's the fun part.

And then, we began. I couldn't have done this without my little helper.

We started at the left, with the Christmas Rose, the hellebore. We moved across and planted, plant by plant.

And after a while, it was done.

My dear girl, who turned to me at one point and said, "I love gardening" (ah, how wonderful to pass that on), I can trust to look after it whilst I am away.

Some happy customers here. My parents were over the moon. I can't wait to see the progress!


  1. zoo day hope to talk later

  2. if you can't tomorrow night totally understand

  3. Gee it's just so great to be back

  4. Tried to call phone was engaged? Hope you have a good weekend