Friday, July 21, 2017

The Wild Garden

Most of the wild plants on this lot volunteered. Some I introduced. It has taken decades to shift the landscape from commercial to native flora, and I am glad to have done so. The wildlings can take a long time to get established, but once they do, they romp. At this point, the garden requires not a thing but to mow the sward and keep weeds down. Judicious grooming keeps the place looking like someone lives here.

Over the week-end I noticed that a burgeoning clump of fireweed looks stunning in front of a juvenile noble fir set in deep shade. The rusty seed heads of dock combine with fireweed, Queen Anne's lace, and California poppies in a bold scheme that holds its own against the local background of brand-new townhouses -30-

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