Twenty years ago when I first started building this garden I pretended it was a sunny and I planted old-fashioned roses. The trees continued to grow and eventually reality set in. It became almost strictly a shade garden. I found that the climbing roses fared okay, and daylilies, the tree peonies and some of the older varieties of irises. Last year the neighbor to the south had to take out a huge oak and later a storm came through and took out all of the big trees to the west. Now we're back to a lot more sun, which opens up some planting opportunities. I am resisting ripping things out again and starting over. We'll see how things fare. The older I get the more I appreciate foliage. Not every plant has to have showy flowers, but I try to get the most bang for my buck when I do plant a flowing plant.
|The hosta steps. Slowly, but surely becoming a theoretical entrance to the garden.|
|The white iris is from Maude's garden. The apricots are modern hybrids.|
|Tami Staker's irises. (Or Peg Warren's irises, depending on how long you've been in Oakwood)|
|More irises from along Maude's picket fence.|