April 14, 2014
The Unveiling Of The Summer House Garden
The former owner of my farm, Mrs. Sharp, occupied two houses on the property. She called the house on the corner the Summer House, where she stayed during warm weather. Adjacent to it is the Winter House, (where I live) which had a better heating system and where Mrs. Sharp was comfortable during the cold months. I like that story and kept the names of the buildings, although major changes were made to both. Today, the Summer House is where some of my large collection of books is kept. I also like to use it for entertaining. I've been working on the garden out back, a kind of room walled by a tall hedge of boxwood. Last fall, many things were planted and I can't wait to continue there. This past week, that garden had its spring unveiling.
1 This is the summer house garden, tucked away inside a tall hedge of American boxwood. All of the English boxwood was protected during the winter beneath burlap coverings.
2 Things are beginning to sprout!
3 This is white ornithogalum, the bulbs of which were planted last autumn. It produces tall stalks bearing clusters of star-shaped flowers.
4 All the snow we had really stressed the burlap.
5 As I've mentioned on this blog, I like to cover my shrubs with burlap to help retain their shape when snow falls and to protect them from windburn.
6 More sprouting ornithogalum and white allium in the back
7 This faux bois gazebo is a focal point of this garden. I bought it several years ago and finally have the perfect place for it.
8 It was time to remove the burlap.
9 Phurba began removing it from the small Tide Hill boxwood.
10 Any burlap that wasn't tattered and torn was rolled up to use again next year.
11 These are the pins that anchor the burlap to the ground.
12 Chhiring began dismantling the framework.
13 The burlap to be used again was labeled accordingly.
14 Dendi went around and pulled more pins.
15 Pete dismantled the larger framework.
16 The trees behind Pete are Ginkgo and I can't wait for their lovely fan-shaped leaves.
17 If you look very closely, you can see that the tall American boxwood was protected from the snow with plastic netting to keep the branches from splaying. It's not as sensitive to the cold as English boxwood, so no need to wrap it in burlap.
18 The tall tree towards the rear is a mature ginkgo. This is a unique species of tree because it has no living relatives. Native to China, the ginkgo is actually a living fossil recognizably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years.
19 More rolling
20 Looking good!