My State of the Garden Address

My State of the Garden Address

Our president gave us his State of the Union address for 2010 this week and informed us of his plans and his thoughts so I thought why not do the same for my garden? It’s been a while since I’ve addressed the garden as a whole entity as usually I just discuss its parts or its plants. Let me start off by saying it’s not necessarily a pretty picture. It is winter after all!

As I walked around the gardens today I had an opportunity to view what has been accomplished and what has yet to be done. The front garden hasn’t undergone many changes over the last year but it is due for some redeveloping. The Russian sage on the left of the sidewalk has grown large and it is time for it to be tamed or moved. It’s wispy and bare now but its white stems make an attractive winter feature and would look especially nice in front of an evergreen backdrop. I clip it back each spring but it likes to grow, and grow, and grow – I really can’t blame it! I have some options on a new location but then I’ll have to figure out what to put in its place…

Front Sidewalk Garden in January  1-2010-1

I walked around the other side of the house to the self-sowing/self-seeding garden. It’s inaugural year was very progressive and was full of blooms. Rudbeckia, sunflower, salvia, zinnias and several other plants filled up the seats in this garden.

Self-Seeding Garden in Winter 1-2010-1

And I couldn’t fully evaluate the state of the garden without the arbor. (Arbor and The House) I still enjoy looking at it. I feel like I won the prize even though I lost out to a front porch repainting (it was pretty, definitely not our style though!). I saw in the recent Tennessee Gardener magazine and article about roses that had pictures of roses climbing all over gates – it’s a very tempting idea for this arbor don’t you think?

Pathway Entry Arbor in Winter 1-2010-1

Past the arbor you will find one of my favorite gardens – during the growing season that is! The corner shade garden is filled with heucheras, hostas, astilbe, and an oak leaf hydrangea. The large evergreen tree on the left will be leaving very soon for multiple reasons: it’s too big to be this close to the house and it’s covered with bagworms. I could spray the worms (at the right time, when the larvae are still young) and probably get rid of them or handpick the ones I can reach but when you have more than one issue with a plant it might be time to go a different route. I tried the handpicked route once before and I couldn’t find all the bagworms. I have two ideas for its replacement either a dogwood (Cornus florida although I wouldn’t mind a Cornelian Cherry Cornus mas) or a Forest Pansy Redbud. If I go the latter route I’ll move the one I have to its new location.

Corner Shade Garden in Winter 1-2010-1

The border garden looks mostly bare but the ornamental grasses do liven things up. The birch I planted in spring did fantastic this year and is already beginning to show its characteristic peeling bark. I can’t wait to take a similar photo of this area in the spring, summer, and fall so that I can see the seasonal changes. 

Border Garden in Winter 1-2010-1

This little rose campion is sporting some nice silver green foliage in the rain garden. There are quite a few other plants with foliage showing like the irises, daffodils, hyacinths, and several others. It’s still January but if you look you can see spring coming.

 Rose Campion in Winter 1-2010-1

I took too many pictures for a single post so come back for Part 2 of my State of The Garden Address! This post was mostly the front and side yard gardens the next one will include the back yard gardens and probably a picture or two of the greenhouse (look here for an update on the greenhouse).


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 5 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. I'll have to come back later and read this in detail….I am laughing so hard right now and had to get my husband in on your post title……..if only our Mr. President would look at things in our country as well as you do in your gardens…just saying…

  2. Can't wait for part two! You have a lot going on in your gardens and I enjoy reading about all the new "developments".


  3. Way to go! It looks as though you've had some good weather in which to Address Your Garden! That was a fun tour and I'll look forward to part two. 🙂

  4. I think any vine would look great over the arbor. If you do roses don't do one with thorns. I had to remove mine because it was too much and too near a walking gate. Looking forward to part two.

  5. Darla,

    I'm glad you got a laugh out of it! I think I'm going to veer away from actual political commentary though and stick to gardening. 😉

    Thanks Jake,

    I guess there's always something going on even if it's just thinking!


    Part 2 will have a mostly the backyard and of course a greenhouse picture somewhere in it. You can check out the greenhouse though as I just posted an update over there.


    I'm not sure roses are going to work. Jenny is not a fan of anything that buzzes and stings! Thornless is a good idea though if I can go that route.

  6. Dave, what a great idea, this State of the Garden Address! It was fun walking through your winter garden, which looks way better than MY winter garden up here in the frozen tundra! You've always got something going, which is what makes your blog so fun and interesting to read. 🙂

  7. You made me smile with your state of the garden address. Can't wait to see the next installment!

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