The curve garden
At first, there was a cutting garden. It was meant for Amy to have a constant supply of nice
flowers to arrange into bouquets. The idea, of course, was that Amy would
select and grow these nice flowers. As with many good intentions, it didn't
quite happen this way, so that I usually wound up making the selections for
what to grow in this plot. Almost all annuals, but not exactly your standard
cutflowers... Some (like nigella) self-seed with abandon, others start taking
up jungle aspirations by the end of the season. So for years, it was more fun
than functional, and that was OK.
Picture taken August 2004. As you see, our neighbors replaced the privet hedge (in
the photo above) with a row of arborvitae. As long as there's a green
backdrop, we're happy.
Some years ago, I decided the cutting garden concept had run its course, and
I undertook a project to expand both the cutting garden and the herb garden
(which had occupied a similar lobe just a bit further back along the edge of the
yard), so that they combined into a new "curve garden". The two former gardens
still exist as distinct lobes, but they are connected in the center, where a
large boulder left over from the construction of our swimming pond holds court.
The concept of the new garden was fairly simple: it would hold sun-loving
flowers, whose former places in the garden were slowly but surely becoming
shadier as trees grew larger. Nothing too formal, but definitely with some
planning and organization. As usual, the latter hasn't really come through, so
that the curve garden is still almost as wild a place as the cutting garden
was. But I still hold out hope that it will become that sweet colorful border
that I envisioned – one of these years.
The middle part of the curve garden, early June 2015. Those arborvitaes on
the neighbors' side gave up the ghost, so no more green backdrop.
Currently growing in the front lobe of the curve garden
Currently growing in the back lobe of the curve garden
June 17, 2015