Ta-daa! The front bed is done. Oh, I know it doesn’t look like much now – I had to buy tiny bushes, due to financial considerations (welcome to the blue-collar garden), and the hosta and sedum were stressed by the transplanting. But, ah! imagination is a wonderful thing!
Imagine with me now a bright and cheery winter scene, full of life: the green and white of the variegated boxwood, the purple of bugleweed, the peachy glow of an unnamed arborvita, along with the dark prickly green of dwarf alberta spruce, the spikey green of liliturf, and the dark glossy green of rhododendron, plus the glowing silver of lamb’s ear. Lovely! Then, in the spring, highlighting all these shades, happy daffodils will pop up, followed by purple spikes of bugleweed, pink dianthus, and lavender rhodies. In the summer, besides a sea of annuals, there will be stella d’oro daylilies and later, purple spikes of liriope and fragrant, lily-shaped hosta flowers. Come autumn, white montauk daisy, purple asters, and pink sedum turning burgundy will take us into the cool months, and back to the many shades of winter! All the while my bushes will grow larger, covering the ucky porch supports, and the bugleweed will fill out, providing a blanket of protection against grass and weeds and giving me a mosaic of year-round color.
When the snow melted in April...
Of course, I prefer NOT to imagine the likelihood of further disturbance from voles (I will be poisoning all winter! Argh!), the regrowth of grass I undoubtedly missed, and the probability that the sunnier side will grow larger than the shadier side, making my garden lopsided. No, I imagine the perfect garden – and that’s what gets me out there, month after month, year after year, the pursuit of the perfect garden. Good thing the joy is in the journey!
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