Harriet’s Former Swimming Pool Turned Backyard

Right now we’re visiting with Harriet Robinson:

“It has been a number of years since I submitted something to GPOD. My pool backyard (a crammed in swimming pool) has been featured earlier than. It’s one among a number of areas I backyard in Maine. Not in these photographs are the vegetable beds, Siberian and bearded iris collections, an extended border I name the fence backyard, a small shade backyard, a small roadside backyard, the entrance basis plantings and a few shrub sections. All this retains me exterior for hours day by day. It’s the yard with the pool backyard that will get most of my consideration and that is what I’m that includes in these photographs taken all through the 2023 season. It was a really difficult summer time with countless rain, weeds that wouldn’t cease germinating and a great share of insect pests liking the moist circumstances and plush progress.”

The backyard begins with snowmelt in mid April. The early bulbs (Crocus, Zones 3 – 8, and Iris reticulata, Zones 4 – 8, on this space) are extra satisfying shut up however right here’s an summary.

Sudden heat ended the early bulbs shortly this 12 months however pushed the daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, Zones 3 – 9) alongside in early Might. Then it turned cooler they usually lasted a very long time. Daffodils mark my first peak bloom.

The second peak bloom options peonies (Paeonia hybrids, Zones 3 – 8) and Siberian irises (Iris siberica hybrids, Zones 3 – 8) the third week of June.

Carnivorous crops in June. They develop in pots set in trays stuffed with rainwater.

A month later the daylily (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 4 – 9) peak adjustments the colour palette from romantic pink, blues and whites to sizzling shiny colours. Clumps of shiny yellow Heliopsis (Zones 3 – 9) are lengthy lasting companions to the daylilies.

Issues decelerate a month later in August however Allium ‘Millenium’ (Zones 4 – 8), Verbena bonariensis (Zones 7 – 10, or as annual) and some later daylilies hold the present going. I develop the frequent echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3 – 8) for an extended interval of bloom. Hylotelephium (previously Sedum, Zones 3 – 9) like ‘Matrona’ and ‘Frosty Morn’ bloom in August adopted by ‘Autumn Pleasure’ in September. That is one identify change I agree with because the upright ones behave fairly otherwise from the sedum groundcovers and edging crops I take pleasure in all through the backyard.

Lengthy-blooming flowers from late August hold blooming in September. The star for September are the sections of a hardy chrysanthemum, possible ‘Clara Curtis’ (Chrysanthemum ‘Clara Curtis’, Zones 4 – 9). A kind of plantings reveals right here contrasting properly with a pot of Petunia exerta (annual) that bloomed all summer time lengthy.

October is Aster month. The primary, sizzling pink Alma Potske (Symphyotrichum novaeangliae ‘Alma Potschke’, Zones 3 – 9) begins issues off in September and the final, Raydon’s Favourite (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favourite’, Zones 3 – 8) was nonetheless blooming in November. You can even see ‘Mrs. T.S. Wright’ and ‘Bluebird’ in thise picture. Colchicum (Zones 5 – 9) additionally make an look within the fall, subsequent to the trail. It’s price placing up with its foliage within the spring, simply because the lycoris (Lycoris squamigera, Zones 5 – 9) foliage (one of many clumps is within the August image) additionally grows and ripens to make a fleeting however anticipated look as a unadorned girl.

Late October brings one other hardy chrysanthemum, ‘Apricot’. Calamint (Calamintha nepeta Zone 5 – 7) surrounded by the mums isn’t the showiest however the pollinators definitely discovered it and loved it. We had a really late frost this 12 months evident from the orange annual emilia (Emilia coccinea) adorning a bearded iris mattress throughout from ‘Raydon’s Alternative’. By November the backyard had some blooms however the general backyard was now not photogenic as I ready for winter snow.


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