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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Front Garden Bed. Spring 2010

.....The tragic death of the Polish delegation in a plane crush near Smolensk, Russia, where the ceremony was planned to commemorate thousands of Polish officers killed by Stalin's secret service during WW2... As a native of Russia, I feel a personal connection to this enormous tragedy and my heart goes out to the Polish people in this time of loss and pain. Relations between Russia and Poland have always been tense. But I, personnally, had only positive experiences with my Polish friends while we studied in Moscow. We were friends despite all the political nuances which existed between the two countries. I am sure that the majority of Russian people are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy.
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This post was written on the 9th of April.
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Perennial bed. Morning sun.
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Plants: Sungold Threadbranch cypress, Japanese maple, Green Mound juniper, roses, euphorbia, Bear's Breech (acantus mollis), Japanese ilex, dwarf English boxwood, Canadale Gold euonymus, helleborus foetidus, columbine, tree peony, hardy fuchsia, sedum, Asiatic lily, Stella D'oro daylily (hemerocallis), variegated Japanese sedge grass, Angelina stonecrop, lavender, Kobold gayfeather (liatris), Shasta daisy, Purple Prince phygelius, lamb's ear, astilbe, allium.
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Victims of the winter 2009-2010: None.
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Surprises: Early buds on the tree peony and on the Regenberg floribunda rose.
Additions for the 2010: alliums, potted tulips, anemone coronaria, selfseeded foxglove, pink peony.
White Anemone coronaria is already blooming, but the blue ones are yet to be seen:
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This is its description from the Breck's site:
"A cheerful combination of the double, deep military blue flowers of Lord Lieutenant and the double white flowers of Mount Everest generate garden excitement. Each bulb produces a handful of big poppylike long-lasting blooms that make striking bouquets. Plant in large groups for guaranteed impact. Anemone coronaria Zones 6-10. 7-8 cm bulbs. Deer resistant".
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The following two pictures show the featured front bed in January 2004 and April 2005 accordingly:
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More plants were added, others grew up and the space was filled. Most of them are low-maintanence and look good in any season. Some of them, like Stella D'oro lilies, helleborus foetidus, euphorbia, lamb ear, columbine gave baby plants which were transferred to the other parts of the garden.
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All in all, I am happy with this bed.
How does it look in June? - Front Flower Bed Summer Transformation

Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

27 comments:

  1. Dear Tatyana, What an amazing transformation in such a relatively short period of time. This only goes to show that when plants are planted with care, given suitable conditions, and then carefully tended, they thrive. I can well understand how pleased you are at the way in which this border has developed. Apart from the flower colour, I like too the contrast of foliage to be found here. Lovely.

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  2. Good morning Tatyana. Your bed has transformed into a beautiful matured one. You have a wonderful variety in there too. It really showcases your home from that angle. You have a lovely home girl! All it needs is one of those giant bugs from Vegas LOL!

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  3. How wonderful to see the transformation of your perennial bed! It is lovely and will grow more so over the summer I am sure.

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  4. Hello Tatyana,
    Thanks for your words concerning current events in Poland. I am still in shock - trying to find my way...

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  5. Your flower bed has filled in very nicely! I like the combination of plants you chose. It will be even more beautiful as the season progresses.

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  6. I have a friend in Poland, and they are all in shock. Great pictures and what a lovely bed.

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  7. We are all in prayer for Poland. What a terrible tragedy.
    Your front bed has filled in quite nicely. I am inspired by the plantings. I have a new back border that I am trying to decide how to plant. I may consider some of your plantings. Carla

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  8. Wow, things do change !!
    Bed looks great and better yet your happy with it. The White Anemone coronaria is so pretty...must check it out.

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  9. lovely bed - I lovehe planting combinations.

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  10. Hi Tatyana - My husband is half Polish and he and his boys are in shock about this horrible loss.
    Your front garden is gorgeous. It's really matured into something lovely.

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  11. Hi Tatyana~~ I heard just the last part of the news report about a downed plane. My deepest condolences, dear friend.

    No garden plant casualties. Hallelujah! Your garden is beautiful, beautiful!!

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  12. Мои двоюродные сестры по материнской линии, живущие в Севастополе, тоже наполовину польской крови... Так интересно устроена жизнь - вдруг далекое становится близким... Вот и твой сад стал для меня неотъемлемой частичкой бытия! Кросатища!

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  13. Your border has matured wonderfully in just a few years. Lovely planting combinations.

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  14. Tatyana: I love to see the before and after pictures! You have done a wonderful transformation. I bought a new house last year with little landscape, and also doing the transformation slowly. That was my major reason of starting of my own blog, to record the progress... Happy Gardening!

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  15. Your front bed looks lovely, so many different colors and textures.

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  16. A great idea to post the historical photos of the now matured garden area. What a success story!

    I have the feeling that the Russian and Polish people are joining in mourning following the plane crash, and perhaps finally finding a way of dealing with the tragedy of Katyn.

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  17. Hi, Tatyana;
    What a lovely collection of perennials. (So jealous of the tree peony!) Glad to see that you had no victims from the winter storms.

    And, my thoughts are with you, and everyone, dealing with this shocking loss.

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  18. Before and afters are such fun. It looks like you had an almost blank slate to start with, too. I've been trying to get purple foxgloves to seed around for me but they are being stubborn;)

    Christine in Alaska

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  19. That is so sad about the Polish President, his wife, and the rest of the delegation. That is a very tough thing for a country to bear. My heart goes out to them.

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  20. I just love before and after shots! I'm always amazed at the difference.--Randy

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  21. wow, tanyana, the bed has developed nicely! QUITE an improvement!

    i, too, was sorry to hear about so many of the Polish government dying in such a tragic way. unlike you, i don't have any real personal connection, so my heart goes out to you.

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  22. 'All in all', you SHOULD be happy with this bed, Tatyana...it has grown and flourished and is just lovely! I'm sure it must be stunning 'in person'. I was sorry to hear of the tragic loss in Poland, as well. Such a sad and unexpected thing...

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  23. What a stunning front garden...oh it makes me wish for some formal landscaping, something besides hay fields!

    Great job, Kim

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  24. The loss is such a tragedy. Thanks for mentioning it.

    Love how your garden beds have filled in over the years. I think that is one of the problems many fall into, planting too close when plants are immature and then having to move/prune/remove mature oversized plant material.
    I like tree peonies and am trying where to put one to really showcase it. I like your placement.

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  25. It is very sad about the plane crash. A nice post.

    What an amazing amount of work you have done. The garden looks great too.

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  26. I love seeing your before and after pictures. Your front garden is beautiful. I can't wait until my tree peony is as big as yours - I have two blooms this year. ;)

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  27. Many of my college students are Polish, and we talked and grieved together. Thanks for posting about the tragedy.

    ...and lovely garden.

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