GPOD Vignettes: A Succulent Entrance Yard, New Blooms from a Zesty Plant, and a Compost Cake

Pleased Friday GPODers!

We’re doing one thing somewhat completely different right now, I’m beginning a brand new sequence I’m calling “GPOD Vignettes”. We regularly get submissions which might be somewhat too brief for a stand alone publish, three images or much less. However I do know gathering images and writing up descriptions could be very time intensive, so I needed a strategy to share these shorter submissions with out requiring additional work in your finish. I made a decision I might compile a couple of of those shorter submissions we obtain over the course of some weeks and make one publish that includes a set of gardens and vegetation.

If you happen to’ve ever needed to undergo GPOD previously and have been overwhelmed with the carry, or afraid you don’t have sufficient to share, that is your time to ship one thing in! Even when it’s only one picture of a plant doing notably properly this yr (you’ll see an instance of that under), ship it in with a fast word about you, the place you backyard, and the plant within the picture.

Hopefully I’ll get to see extra of your gardens, and we’ll all have the ability to get pleasure from extra plant images alongside the way in which. So, with out additional ado, listed here are some vignettes from the previous few weeks:


1: Catherine and John Campbell’s Succulent Entrance Yard

Howdy Fantastic Gardening Group!! Listed below are a couple of pics of my entrance yard private paradise. Final yr we tore out the garden and jasmine that the earlier homeowners had put in and changed it with a mixture of waterwise vegetation and succulents, together with a couple of shade timber from our native Shade Tree Program. This yr I’m planning on placing in a California native backyard so as to add to the sweetness and hopefully appeal to much more hummingbirds and butterflies. I’m so grateful for the peace and calm this area has given me.

front yard rock garden with succulentsWho wants a garden when you have got rocks! Lawns require a number of upkeep irrespective of your location, however in a sizzling, dry local weather like Southern California, lawns are sometimes a shedding battle. Whereas there are a lot of completely different sorts of garden options, I discover this rock backyard notably eye-catching! The varied sizes, shapes, and colours deliver way more curiosity than a sea of inexperienced grass.

close up of colorful succulents in rock gardenAnd this rock backyard permits Catherine and John to develop these unbelievable vegetation! The stunner within the entrance seems to be a mangave—probably ‘Macho Mocha’ (× Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’, Zones 7–9)—and the colourful ‘Jester’ New Zealand flax (Phormium ‘Jester’, Zones 8–11) instantly behind is present stopping.

rock garden with succulents and yellow flowersAn actual riot of shade! Shrubs, succulents and even some coreopsis flowers create a waterwise panorama that isn’t sacrificing any curiosity.

Thanks a lot for sharing, Catherine! Please share an replace while you set up your California native backyard.


2: A Particular Shrub Blooming in Atlanta

From my yard, quarter-acre, principally woodland shade backyard.

Atlanta, GA Virginia-Highland neighborhood.

The hydrangea ‘Lemon Zest’ (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lemon Zest’, Zones 4–7) was from a chopping at a earlier property. It has been moved twice on this yard. Has not often bloomed however this location appears to have labored its magic.

hydrangea with lime green foliage and bright pink flowersTake a look at these blooms!! Whereas ‘Lemon Zest’ has foliage that packs a brilliant punch, there isn’t a denying that the bubblegum pink blooms take it to a different degree. Pairing it with ‘Illustris’ elephant’s ear (Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’, Zones 8–11) and a darkish, shiny hosta made it a vignette I simply needed to share.

Thriller submitter, please share extra data and images out of your backyard quickly!!


3: Patrick Costello Turns Compost into Artwork

In line with Fantastic Gardening and GPOD I’ve one other fabulous plant/artwork story to share with you. My buddy, Patrick Costello, designed and constructed a formidable Compost Cake at Stone Quarry Artwork Park, Cazenovia, N.Y.

It’s wonderful. Indigo dyed burlap tubes full of elephant dung, straw and wooden chips encompass an armature of hay. Planted with native grasses and flowers the cake is hanging within the panorama. To be taught extra concerning the piece, here’s a hyperlink to Patrick’s description of his natural work: patrickjcostello.web/and-eat-it-too

—Elizabeth Schoonmaker (Try the primary unbelievable backyard story she shared with us right here.)

compost cake art installationEach gardener is aware of that planting is an artwork kind in and of itself, however there’s something notably magical that occurs when the “conventional” artwork world collides with vegetation. Whether or not that comes from backyard artwork, plant work, or an unbelievable blue cake fabricated from compost and grass!

compost cake art installation from a distanceWhen that artwork is in a setting as gorgeous as this artwork park, it’s that rather more magical. If you happen to’re within the Syracuse space, or end up passing by, it is best to completely make a degree to go to this unbelievable area stuffed with nature and artwork.

And thanks for sharing one other unbelievable story with us, Elizabeth! You’re rapidly turning into our GPOD curator 😉


Have a backyard you’d wish to share?

Have images to share? We’d like to see your backyard, a selected assortment of vegetation you like, or a beautiful backyard you had the prospect to go to!

To submit, ship 5-10 images to [email protected] together with some details about the vegetation within the footage and the place you took the images. We’d love to listen to the place you’re positioned, how lengthy you’ve been gardening, successes you’re happy with, failures you discovered from, hopes for the long run, favourite vegetation, or humorous tales out of your backyard.

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