Annette’s Garden

Annette’s Garden

Annette”s Garden

House

Annette’s Garden is complete with an awesome Home…..Take a walk with me…

Front Entry

As you park your car you feel a sense of awe. Peacefulness falls upon your shoulders…This inviting entryway leeds you to an amazing porch…..

Front Porch

There is a wonderful collection of plants and found objects displayed on the front porch….the pink wooden pig happens to be my favorite…

Island Garden

The Island Garden above doubles as a sanctuary for the birds, providing food and shelter…

Outhouse

Hidden amongst trees and shrubs is the cutest little shed. Wonder what is inside?….

Veggie Garden

A vegetable patch surrounded by a picket fence to keep out the critters… Another adorable shed to house the garden tools…

Critter's work

And the fence can only protect the garden so much…It looks as if a little critter created a back door…sometimes they are smarter than we are…

Thank you for walking with me…I hope you enjoyed your tour…

Magic Touch & Her Tools

This post is dedicated to The Garden Charmers….Follow them on Facebook….

Carol @ http://thegardeningcook.com/ is getting together a post about Tools. Which prompted me to do another post Magic Touch & Her Tools…and that I thank you for.

My favorite garden tool, by far is my Landscape Knife, aka Hori-Hori.

Landscape Knife

This knife was purchased in CA, 2000 at Restoration Hardware. It flew back with me and has been hard used for 13 years now. The blade is stainless steel with a wooden handle. Stainless steel is an alloy which holds up to the weather and me. The wooden handle is the best, except it broke after 13 years of very hard work. I searched every Hardware store in my area, including Delphi Supply, to no avail. I had to order it on line if I wanted it replaced…and then there is the option of replacing the handle, but I would have to do w/o it for a while. Maybe over the winter. And it ends up, I like it just the way it is….form fitting…LOL.

Here is a link if you would like to purchase one, but you research to see if you can find a better deal. Local is always my first choice…

Tool Bucket

And this would be my tool bucket. It doubles as a planter.

The plant in it is one of my favorites, Colocasia esculenta ‘Kona Coffee’ PP 22,420 (Kona Coffee Elephant Ear)….Tropical plant, created by John Cho…Dwarf reaching a hight of 2 to 3′, likes “wet feet” which makes it a great choice for a “tool” bucket….

Landscape Knife-

Improper Storage of a landscape knife…LOL
I try to keep keep my knife in the same spot..so I don’t have to remember where it was last…LOL…I never learned the proper way of storage…This works for me…At hand when I need it…but sometimes hard to find…Put things back…LOL…I always know where it should be…

The Garden Charmers & Their Tools

Magic Touch & Her Tools is featured on The Gardening Cook’s  Page, What is in My Garden Tool Kit? Click on over and check it out…

Rain Garden

Rain Garden

Rain Gardens

An Eco-friendly way to filter rainwater while providing a place to grow plants that like wet feet…

Rain Garden

Rain-gardens start with the water from the roof…I prefer to collect the rainwater in a barrel and run a hose to the site. This allows me to also use the water from the barrel for watering my flower boxes and containers.

Rain Barrel

My barrel is fitted wit a faucet with a hose connected which leads to the garden. There is a splitter on the end to attached to two soaker hoses which are under the soil for even water distribution.

The image below shows the distance from the barrel to the garden…You need to have your garden 8-10′ from the foundation of the house. The hose at one time was between the flagstone…I need to work on that…

From Barrel to Garden

I used compost for my soil.  Another good choice is 50% sand, 20% top soil, and 30% compost. Clay soils do not work. You want the soil to absorbed water.

Corkscrew Willow

Choose plants suited for water. Willows are great for this type of garden. They are available in many sizes and shapes. An added bonus, they host at least 23 different butterflies.

The  garden shown above is planted with a Corkscrew Willow
Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’, a Marshmallow, along with a few herbs in the margin.

Dinner-plate Hibiscus

Dinner-plate Hibiscus is another great choice for this type of gardening. Their flowers are HUGH. They come in many varieties providing a wonderful show in late July through August. Although each bloom only lasts one day, they have many blooms per stem. Some of the varieties have flowers which measure 12” across, including the one pictured above. Others are smaller. There are some with heart shaped green leaves, and others with burgundy cut leaves. They can reach a height of 5’ with a spread as wide.

On a closing note, Rain Gardens can vary as much as each individual gardener. Native plants , as always are the best choice.

With that being said, choose what works for you. I tend to plant with Butterflies in mind. My gardens provide food, shelter, and water for the local “wildlife” while being conscience of my environment.

Mini Woodland Garden

Mini Woodland Garden

On the east facing side, aka the shady side of the house, I have created a mini woodland garden. I chose, from left to right, Oak-Leaf Hydrangea, Dropmore Honeysuckle, and Hemlock as my anchor plants. I found room for a Rhododendron between the Hydrangea and Honeysuckle.

Oak Leaf Hydrangea full bloom

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Dropmore Honeysuckle bloom

Dropmore Honeysuckle Bloom

Canadian Hemlock

Hemlock

The under story plants include a White Bleeding Heart, Trilium, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Jewelweed, Bloodroot,  Bear’s Breeches, and Ostrich-Fern.

white Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

Trillium

Trillium

Jack in the pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Blood root

Bloodroot

Along the outside border you will find three different varieties of Hosta, one being Mouse Ears, Siberian Iris, a lavender Rose, and Roman Chamomile as well as Bear’s Breeches.

Hosta

Hosta

Gold Hosta

Hosta

Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris

Lavender Rose

Lavender Rose

Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel' (Bear's breeches)

Acanthus mollis ‘Tasmanian Angel’ (Bear’s breeches)

I call this my “Ghost Plant,” the first leaves are eerie as they emerge in early spring.

Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel' Bear's breeches

Big difference…It matures into one of the lushest plants I grow. I chose This plant to add texture to the Garden…

Hostas:Roman Chamomile

Hostas & Roman Chamomile

It is also home to a cement leaf bird feeder, a water feature and an urn.

Water Feature

Water Feature

Follow the link below for instructions

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With in the flagstone walk way, Thyme and Gaillardia grow. The garden is edged with medium size river rock.

Blanket Flower