Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Through the Looking Glass

Two pictures of my front garden today. The first one is the one I'm most pleased about. Shooting a picture of your garden via a mirror gives you a very different perspective of your garden.

The next picture is of that same part of my front garden but now shot in the normal way. There are 2 beds with flowers on this side of the front garden and they are edged with box.

The first bed is planted with tulipa Queen of Night, a bit difficult to see in this picture as they are almost black. ( If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you will be able to spot the black tulips.) The second bed is filled with tulipa Spring Green which are a firm favorite of mine. They are white with green stripes, very nice and Spring-y.

In the middle of each bed are pillars that are smothered with roses in summertime. Well, that's what I hope/aim for anyway.

The whole front garden has been edged with berberis (thunbergii atropurpurea) to keep the neighbourhood dogs from using my garden as their bathroom. A berberis hedge is very prickly and so far, it has worked a treat in keeping the doggies out.

And on another level the berberis is working out fine too; it's purple leaves contrast very nicely with the green box and together they look good for most of the year.

Plant box for edging; do not heed the glum
Advice of those unthinking orthodox
Gardeners who condemn the tidy box
As haven for the slug, through winter numb.
Vita Sackville-West, The Garden


Anonymous said...

Nice view from the mirror. And what aloveely front garden.
Keep up the good work!

Anita said...

I just came over from Lis' blog where I saw your comment! Oh, your cats are adorable! I love cat, too but unfortunately, we do not have any pets.

Your garden seems to be very very prett, too! And similar to our garden cottage garden style since!

Ik kaan ook een beetje nederlands praten en verstaan. Ik ben geboren in een dorpje vlaakbij Osnabrueck.

Groetjes uit Duitsland naar Nederland!