Monday, June 4, 2012

Wing Haven Gardeners Garden Tour 2012

The fourth day of June?  Yikes, where did May go?  I still have seeds to plant!  Not to mention blog posts to write.

During this very short month I did manage to spend some time in the garden (though not enough!).  There are close to a hundred new perennials and herbs and a dozen types of seeds coming up.  I moved and divided dozens of plants and pruned almost that many.  I "helped" my husband plant shrubs, apply compost, and water our fifty acres.   (Okay, so it just feels like fifty when you're watering!)

I battled (more like watched with despair) deer, voles, mice, squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks.  There are tunnels all over the place--even with hawks, owls and several neighborhood cats ever stalking out there.

Besides gardening, I went to the mountains, the coast and in between, and I've visited twenty-four gardens (24!), which I had every intention of telling you about in May! 

So much for intentions.

I'll start now by showing you some scenes from the Wing Haven Gardener's Garden Tour, which was May 12 and 13.  Six beautiful private gardens opened up to excited ticket holders and invited them (us!) in.

It's always inspiring to see what others in your area do with their gardens; it's easy to see how you can apply at least some little something from these gardens to your own.

Miniature hostas in a hollowed out log added charm to this backyard woodland garden.  You could hear, "Ohh"and "I like that idea!," as people walked by.

I'm always a little intimidated by the thought of placing garden statuary, but seeing how this small Saint Francis statue adds to the peacefulness of a woodland garden full of mahonia, hostas and ferns, encourages me.

We all know that deer love hostas, but did you know they prefer green and variegated ones to the blue ones? Oh, you'll probably still need a deer repellent, but there are no nibbles on this one, and it seems to be the case in my garden that blue leaves are eaten last.

This tiny pool is less than two feet across, but it has big impact, and a soothing gurgly sound.

This homeowner has installed a parterre in his front yard. A little pruning takes the place of mowing all summer, and there's a bonus--fresh herbs for the kitchen.

His gravel driveway with dwarf mondo down the middle is attractive and practical--green, but no mowing--and it withstands the occasional rollover without a problem.

Another garden, an artist's, had this beautiful blue container.  Vignettes played out in miniature form are always a delight; the child in me wants to shrink and walk around in them.  Selaginella, or perhaps a fern, becomes the forest towering over Puff and Irish moss suggests a soft, chartreuse lawn.

A small hypertufa dish is home to a tiny maple tree, several sedums and a stone bird. The weathered bench is an appealing (excuse the pun) shade of blue.

The garden of another artist used flowers like paint, dabbing shades of red and yellow onto this container trio.  Have you thought of adding a cowboy boot to your garden?  Maybe you should!

A little lawn makes a nice place to sit and admire the daylilies and watch the birds.

This guy has outgrown the birdhouse!

Arborvitae 'Degroot's Spire' provide a backdrop for this attractive vegetable garden in another homeowner's backyard.

A mixed border adds beauty, interest, and botanical diversity to the backyard.

This homeowner planted 144 white geraniums as a border around the lawn. An all white-flowered backyard is peaceful in the daylight and glows at night. Oakleaf hydrangea peaks out over the top of the hedge.

An interesting and attractive slate sidewalk leads visitors into this garden.

Inside, the bench is a nice place to enjoy the hostas; the street seems far away.

How about this absolutely gorgeous way to hide your AC unit, trashcan, tools, or anything else you want to screen from view?

Plants and stones have a great affinity for each other and always look great together.

The view of the garden from this outdoor room is the reward for all the work. What a nice place to relax at the end of the day.


The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is an annual event, always on Mother's Day weekend.