A patch of sun, a little love, and . . . WOW!


A while back, May 6 to be precise, I wrote a blog entry entitled Now that we have a patch of sun. I told you about how we had tried for 8 years to make a shade garden, and now had ended up with a sunny patch in the corner of our garden. I said I tilled the soil, weeded, put in some dahlias and vines in memory of my great grandmother, encouraged the perennials we planted last year, and gave the new sun garden my blessing: “Poof, grow!” It’s been a little less than two months since that day, and the miracle of the garden has evolved. I thought you might like to pay a re-visit to that special little corner. So here is an overview shot of it (from the same point that I took the picture in the last blog entry), and then I will comment and add a collage of 4 close-ups.

Our sun garden on June 30.
Our sun garden on June 30: clockwise from center left, white coneflower, menarda, rose, black-eyed susan, hosta, shasta daisy, daylily, and lemon balm

Like all gardens, there is quite a bit of mystery, surprise, disappointment, irritation, and downright thrill all mixed together in this sun garden. The established perennials and the newly added herbs were so successful that I’m not even sure that the dahlias will have room to grow. I will just have to re-evaluate at the end of the season, and possibly bring the rude hand of death down on several of these plantings. We will see. Another disappointment was that the two vines added have so far not done particularly well. I think maybe the fence is at just the wrong angle to give the morning glory and the black-eyed susan vine the sunlight they need to thrive. Finally, this year the menarda just seem to be much more puny and washed out, though still attractive.

However, here below are the real successes of this year’s sun garden (so far, and not counting the rose, which has already shown off, and will do so again). 1) It seems that the black-eyed susan really likes it here in Missouri. We will have gold and dark brown flowers really until fall. 2) The rust-colored daylilies that Stephen planed a few years ago make a good contrast for the green gazing ball. 3) The pinkish-red menarda by the fence contrast nicely with the verigated hosta in the foreground, and 4) the white coneflowers have really taken root, while the purple clematis (The President) that I swore to dig up if it didn’t bloom this year must have heard me. It’s going crazy.

Sun garden successes early July: clockwise from upper left, black-eyed susan, daylily, menarda and chartreuse hosta, and clematis and white coneflower
Sun garden successes early July: clockwise from upper left, black-eyed susan, daylily, menarda and chartreuse hosta, and clematis and white coneflower

I’m kinda worried about the dahlias and the vines but check back in a month or so. I think for the little bit of spring care and couple of weedings, this garden rocks (in a good sense).

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Author: Jim Andris

Retired gay married early adopter. Cooking, cleaning, fixing. Makes good music occasionally; U name it. Churchy dude. Likes to think about things, too much, sometimes. Dump Trump. Trying not to do too much harm. Revisiting blogging. Looking for a new handle on things. Exploring genderqueer.