how our garden grows

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zinnias

zinnias

some sort of ground cover that i don't know the name of, but love and has the most delicate sweet smell.

some sort of ground cover that i don’t know the name of, but love and has the most delicate sweet smell

we spend a lot of time in the yard, i mean a lot. when zach and i went to our landscaping class in april they asked how many hours per week we spend working in our yard/garden. we guesstimated 20. but we enjoy the work and the results and try not to think of the short growing season. while the vegetable garden just went in yesterday, our front lawn and flower beds have gotten considerable attention already since the weather turned nice early. IMGP3878.jpg

flowers chosen and planted by zelda.

flowers chosen and planted by zelda

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love having our lilacs.

love having our lilacs

globe trollius, probably my favorite find since moving up here.

globe trollius, probably my favorite find since moving up here

our apple tree has flowered for the first time since we put it in four years ago

our apple tree has flowered for the first time since we put it in four years ago

what i love most about these garden beds are the flowers we grow that i then use as cut flowers around the house. i am particularly loving using the bleeding hear foliage as a background for other flowers. the leaves are just so sculptural.

forget me nots.

forget me nots.

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lilac and bleed heart leaves

lilac and bleeding heart leaves

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we are also working hard this year to put in some more four season interest. we added a service berry bush that we’ll be pruning to grow more like a tree. in a couple of years when the winter is here, we’ll be able to look out and see the branches as a focal point from our large picture window.  

serviceberry bush, which grows edible berries

serviceberry bush, which grows edible berries

all of these photos are from the front yard.  we’ve started whipping the back yard into shape, but that space is much more our utility space, especially with three dogs and eight chickens.

gary miller says:

great shots of your garden. all with iphone? or ?

meg says:

thanks! i pulled out zach’s camera for these shots, but i am certainly not as adept as he is with it.