These are the Gardens in Your Neighborhood (Veronica’s Garden)
Judy and I have done a lot of traveling to visit gardens in other states and even other countries. But it is worth remembering that there are unique and remarkable gardens literally right around the corner. One such surrounds a small, single-story brick bungalow on a busy street about three blocks from our house.
I have driven past this garden hundreds of times, and it always tempted me to take a closer look. However, until about a week ago I never did because I didn’t know who lived there.
That changed, however, when the gardener in question was walking her dog past our house as Judy and I were heading out to work. Veronica, as her name turned out to be, told us that she had admired our garden for some time. She also sheepishly admitted that she had picked one of the currants off our Clove Currant bush (Ribes odoratum) in order to see if she could grow one from seed. I told her that I had no intention of calling the authorities.
Further discussion revealed that the garden admiration was mutual. Veronica gave permission for me to drop by her place with a camera, which I did a few days later. (Judy was tied up so I look these pictures.)
One of the first things I noticed about Veronica’s garden is that we share a love of big, colorful flowers. She has attention-grabbing blooms every season of the year. At the end of July, it was big, luscious, fragrant lilies.
This one seemed to be a favorite of hers.
And here’s one with an unusual color, I think.
While I have cut back the amount of lawn in our garden, Veronica has done away with it completely. Her front garden consists of a central bed with a dry fountain, filled with stones instead of water. Daylilies, Amsonia and ferns fill this bed.
There is a narrow border along all four sides of the front garden, with a concrete bench at each corner. Pavers fill in the area between the beds.
In the back garden there are two tables instead of the central bed, otherwise the design is the same.
Found objects make for some interesting outdoor furniture and garden art.
I like this Coreopsis with the concrete cactus.
Here is a shepherdess with attitude.
Another aspect of Veronica’s garden that I could relate to was the mix of exotics and native wildflowers. For instance, there were both Common (Asclepias syriaca) and Swamp Milkweed (A. incarnata), and sure enough, Monarch butterflies were making themselves at home. Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are also plentiful.
Veronica’s beds are a mix of perennials, annuals, evergreens, and small deciduous trees. She is also one of those people who likes to paint the trunks of her trees, which is something I don’t really understand – but to each his or her own.
I should say here that Veronica is a hands-on gardener, no one helps her with design, planting, or maintenance. It is entirely a DIY effort.
Now that I’ve seen Veronica’s garden, I am determined to get a closer look at some of the other unique and beautiful gardens in our area. Stay tuned.