I am sorry for not writing here for a while. I was traveling for a few months and didn’t always have access to computer. Also I have decided to take a break from writing here just to relax and explore the world. Sometimes staying away from technology for a while is a good thing. I felt like my internal “batteries” were recharged and my eyes got much needed rest from a computer screen.
Once back home I was catching up with my pretty neglected garden and everyday life.
Anyway, I am back and plan to write here again more regularly.
I would like to present to you today some pictures and design ideas from my friend’s garden in Poland were I was traveling recently. This garden is located close to Warsaw’s area, where the climate is pretty similar to zone 5 b where I live, but with usually less severe and shorter winters and much less humidity comparing to Great Lakes region. This summer, when I was there, was often usually hot – up to 35C, with occasional, mostly short lasting rains. There was plenty of sunshine and water, so very good growing conditions for many plants.
My friend has a pretty big garden with several flower beds and many beautiful, usually coniferous trees. Most of her garden has southern exposure, except some flower beds on the West and North side of her house. Many trees are growing from the East side of the garden, so there are no flower beds.
She has placed the biggest and most beautiful of her flower beds in front of her very long, southern exposure terrace, which is in the back of her house and facing the garden. It adds a lot of elegance and style to the house, brings joys to her hearth, as well as to many other people vising her garden.
My friend particularly loves lilies and roses, so I was able to admire them in many places in her garden, but especial the main flower bed beside the terrace. It can be viewed from the terrace as well as from the garden. At the time I was there in the middle of July and the beginning of August, lilies have dominated the design. They were everywhere and in a variety of colours – yellow, pink, burgundy and white.
Contrary to what I am doing in my garden trying not to mix too many colours, she freely and skillfully mixes multiple colours and it still looks great. She particularly likes yellow as the colour which is energizing and seems to add more light to the garden.
One of the flowers in front of the terrace was pink Latris, which was particularly attractive to beautiful butterflies, as you can see in the two attached pictures.
In July and August, huge Oriental lilies were dominating the main garden bed in front of the terrace and growing much higher than other lilies.
Multiple yellow and orange country-style Rudbeckia flowers were bordering the bed in some places, as well as growing in many other areas in the garden adding joyful energy to the space.
Most of the floral beds in this garden are well established and full of very healthy looking plants, which don’t mind being somehow crowded, as plants growing in the wild often are.
One of the beautiful Caramella roses blooming in front of the terrace.
And here is another one – yellow rose of a different kind.
Beside yellow, orange and some pink roses, there were also some white.
I have also admired there violet Balloon Flowers. I think this variety was Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Astra Blue’. The plants stay pretty compact, about 8″ tall, so they could work great in front of the border. They are parennial and suitable for zones 4-9. They seemed to love growing in the full sun at the edge of the terrace.
They looked so perfect and I wished I could get some for my garden. I already have white-pink Balloon Flowers, but they are not doing too well in my garden, probably because up to a few days ago they were not getting enough light because of multiple Mallows (Malva Sylvestris) covering them up. Since I was away during most of the summer I am not even sure if they have bloomed at all this year. I need to move them more towards the front of the border. I think they would look great with violet-blue Balloon Flowers growing beside them, as they do in my friend’s garden. I will be looking for violet-blue variety in the spring in my local plant nurseries.
My friend’s white-pink Balloon Flowers also looked great, as you can see in the above pictures. They were growing beside the violet-blue variety.
From the west of the house there were many roses, but most of them not in bloom when I was there, either because it was later in season or perhaps they didn’t have enough light there being overshadowed by the house and multiple medium size trees growing from this side along the fence. Fortunately there were also several Phloxes of various colours, as well as blooming white hydrangeas adding some colour and beauty to this area. I think the roses will need to be moved from there to a better, more sunny location or they might be blooming poorly, or not at all. They usually require at least 6 hours of sunlight.
I have also admired there white and pink Asiatic lilies growing further along the border nicely contrasting with dark-green ivy climbing on the fence.
In fact this strong and pretty fast going ivy has already covered part of the west and north facing fence creating beautiful carpet-like background for some flowers and covering less attractive looking fence, as you can see in the picture below.
My friend said she has planted multiple ivy cuttings a few years ago and after a couple of years they have grown so much. Ivy can create a beautiful background for the plants, but one has to be careful, so it won’t become too invasive in the garden since it can spread pretty rapidly and could be hard to remove.
And finally I present to you one of my favorite roses growing in this garden – “Rosenfaszination”. It is doing quite well from the north side of the house, but because the garden is quite big, it receives some light from the west. I like the shape and colour of its flower and the fact that it has so many blooms, which last pretty long time. I would like to get such rose for my garden if I can buy it in Canada. So far I was not able to find it yet.
My friend also likes this rose very much and she said so far it is very healthy and most of the insects stay away from it too. This rose has strong, shiny leaves and maybe it helps it to stay healthy and not to be the main target for insects invasion, since they usually prefer softer leaves. She also loves it because it blooms for a long time, which is a big plus and quality hard to find in many other roses.
The cord in front of it protects this bed from the dog getting in there. A similar protection is provided for some other beds. Fortunately my friend’s female dog usually understands that this is the area she should not get in.
I hope my friend’s garden has inspired and encouraged you to be more brave with the design and mixing various colours in the garden. I love learning from my friend, who is much more experienced gardener that I am and I am always looking forward to seeing more gardens, so perhaps I can discover some new plants and learn a few new things about gardening.
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