Rehabbed garden area, one year later

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  1. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Yew in background is deer eaten, will fill out in a bit ( photo / image / picture from Cayuga Morning's Garden )





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    I will encourage the Hakone grass ( photo / image / picture from Cayuga Morning's Garden )





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    The grey plant is carnations. I plan to remove the green daisy in the middle ( photo / image / picture from Cayuga Morning's Garden )

    I rehabbed this garden area last spring, removing a giant yew (25? years old), and otherwise simplifying the arrangement. I am trying to move toward a 'less is more' philosophy: more of fewer kinds of plants. It unfortunately runs counter to my true nature: I seem to attract clutter, plants, people, the complications of life!

    In the third photo, I have a low growing grey/green carnation planted coming down the slope. Then there is a daisy planted in the middle,which I will remove. At the bottom is more carnation. The plan is for the carnations to like like a river flowing down the slope. I plan to do the same with the green iris cristata growing just to the left of the carnation, have it flow to the retaining wall, maybe grow a little into the carnations then spill out at the bottom. What do you think?
     
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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    It looks beautiful!! The carnations flowing down the slope is cool, will those two sections eventually join to make one flow? That will look really pretty in bloom.

    I have been thinking that maybe more of a few is better than a few each of several too.
     
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    That looks terrific, Cayuga. You have done a great job.
    I like your grass. I have some myself.
     
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    Simply Stunning....Nice rehab...
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    All your hard work is really paying off. It is looking very nice. :stew1:
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Your garden looks fabulous!
     
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    WOW your garden is so luscious and it looks great too. You deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. :D
     
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    Thank you everybody. What is so cool about the Stew is that when you work hard at something, then post photos of it on the Stew, everyone is appreciative. There is nothing like the appreciation of another gardener!

    Toni--I agree with you re the 'less is more' philosophy in the garden. I just have a hard time doing it. I do plan to have those two sections of carnations meet in the middle & bloom together.

    Sjoerd--By grass, I am guessing you mean the Hakonechloa macra aureola? How is it growing for you? I love that stuff, but unfortunately my bunnies seem to love it too. I also find it very slow to spread.

    Barb, Jewell, Netty, Eileen--Thanks!
     
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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Looks awesome Cayuga!
     
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    Such nice gardens you have there, Cayuga! I love your carnations. Haven't seen carnations spread and flow like this. Are those many plants bunched together? Looks so cool!
     
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    Cheryl--Thanks!

    Tina--The two beds of carnations started out as 3 or 4 individual plants each, and have morphed together. Now I just need to get the 2 beds to morph together too!
     
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    Hey Cayuga. My Hakonechloa macra aureola ( I just call it "Japanese Grass" because I can never remember the correct name for it) is doing very well.
    In fact, I have taken off two small plugs of it and transplanted them elsewhere in the flower garden. They are reluctantly coming along.
    The mother plant is going great guns though.

    She is in an unfortunate place, but now too difficult to remove and actually it looks oké there and seems top enjoy the partial shade.

    The two plugs that I cut of the mother and planted elsewhere ---one was planted in partial shade and the other one is in the full sun. The one in the full sun is larger, but more blanched-out and the one in the shade is smaller, but richer in colour.

    I shall try and take a foto of my J-grass plant today if I do not forget.

    My bride really likes that plant and sees it as hers. I bought this plant at a plant seller just outside the Gardens of Appeltern here in holland a number of years ago now.
     
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    Sjoerd--I like your bride's attitude. Tell her I approve. Here are two photos of Japanese Grass I took while on a garden tour. It can be pretty spectacular.

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    Hakonechloa macra aureola on a garden tour ( photo / image / picture from Cayuga Morning's Garden )





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    Here it is again. Such a lush look. ( photo / image / picture from Cayuga Morning's Garden )
     
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    Very nice. I got a couple of dianthus this year - my first. I hope mine spreads like this too.
     
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    Heh heh heh....I told her and showed her your pics. She went wild, thinking that those last pics were in yo0ur garden. I told her that I sis not think that they were, but in some sort of public garden. I showed her your garden foto's at the beginning of your article.She liked the idea of having your support. :) chortle.

    Here are a a few foto's of my Japanese Grass experiment and "mother Plant".

    The Mother Plant:
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    The specimen placed in the sun--larger, but sun-blanched:
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    ....and the smaller specimen (in the shade), but with richer colour tones.
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    I do not know if my (my bride's) plant will ever be as nice as yours,but for my small garden, it is doing alright for the moment.
    Hope you like the foto's.
     
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