“A Magical Garden” in Washington Gardener

My article “A Magical Garden” is in the summer issue of Washington Gardener, hot off the press.  Available for sale at various locations in the Washington, DC, area or you can order/subscribe at www.washingtongardener.com

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on July 29, 2011

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Summer Pleasures

Hot, dry, cooler, wet, very humid, a little fresher, pollution, not, up, down. Summer is here! My favorite season. After work, I piddle around the garden at Woodland Cottage–weeding, trimming, potting, planting.

A view through the woodland garden.

A summer view through the woodland garden.

I’m just about finished planting all my pots for the season. I repotted all my big houseplants last month into larger, poly pots that look just like terra cotta, though they are about a tenth lighter. I like to use Pro-Mix as my potting medium. Repotting left me with a bunch of huge, terra cotta pots so I’ve been looking for places to put them in the garden and what to put in them. I have one big pot to go, and a few little ones. If I don’t get them emptied this fall in time to protect them from the freezes, oh well. Frances Mayes (‘Under the Tuscan Sun’) wrote somewhere about how Italians just cinch a wire around their cracked pots to keep them going. Those big terra cottas are expensive. I tried it on one pot and it seems to be working. It gives the pot a rustic look. I just used clothesline wire because it’s easy.

I love this combo...Variegated Arboricola and pink Ivy Geraniums.

I love this combo in a pot...Variegated Arboricola and pink Ivy Geraniums. It's a nice surprise.

In the evenings, once the heat breaks a little bit, I head for my back patio, sit in a rocker, and just enjoy my garden. Often, I read until it’s too dark, then just sit there until there is no light left in the sky. I love to watch the bats at dusk, hear the birds and cicadas making their sunset racket, and then I look up at the stars. At this time of year, the Little Dipper is pouring right onto the house.

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Back patio bed with Windmill Palms and Mexican Heather

Back patio bed with Windmill Palms and Mexican Heather. This overlooks the woodland garden.

A view from the back patio.  That's Annabelle Hydrangea in the foreground and Nikko Blue Hydrangea in the background.

A view from the back patio. That's Annabelle Hydrangea in the foreground and Nikko Blue Hydrangea in the background.

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