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    Thread: Open Garden Day at Broccoli Hall :humble brag:

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      The June garden -- smells sooooooo good. :)

      It rained like crazy the day before the tour; of those all-day downpour varieties. Knocked down some peony and rose petals, but left some for the visitors. The rose border is about 300' long. The first decade of working in this border was absolutely hellacious. It ran alongside what was then a hayfield, not mine, and so serious grasses and weeds came in under cover of darkness. Big problem watering, too. So much flower border, south-facing, very hot. Solved many problems with heavy duty landscape cloth -- I thought! Some problems solved, new problems arrived. Cannot put in new plants once the cloth is down and this cloth also stopped desirable plants from spreading. So over time, we ripped it out, put in irrigation system throughout the garden, and mulched like crazy -- thirty-forty yards a year in early spring before bulbs and perennials break through the soil. We may have overdone it a bit this year as the mulch discourages the t.b. irises. However, the roses are happy! And that's what counts.

      Originally,I planted old-fashioned French ladies. Some of them are still thriving in the border after 30 yrs. But I like to plant for effect and the effect I wanted was rolling waves of roses. So, I put in some rugosas, clippings from honeymoon in Nantucket 16 yrs. ago, then, other rugosas like pj grootendorst, hansa, agnes, Sarah van Fleet. A Canadian rose, William Baffin, impressed so I have him, too and then, I let the much reviled multi-flora have a place (love it here! See it over the gates) and also a couple of dog-roses that came in from the road on their own. These wild roses get along fine with the French ladies! Under-plantings are peonies, veronicas, nepeta, a fancypants fringed poppy and some gray-leaved sages. Phlox always makes it into the border when we have too much of it elsewhere and puts on a nice show when the roses are out of bloom. Weeding is still nec. but not like before. Maintenance with irrigation and mulch has worked out well!

      You'll see a tunnel of a japanese willow (don't know name). That is two plants. Only. They came in five-gallon jugs. I planted one with sun, one in shade. After about five years, I got the message and moved the one in the shade out to the sun. It's happy now.
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      You have come a long way koigrl .
      Your grounds look so great .. And your gate maker guys talent fits right in .



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      Thanks, Delbert. We still have to nail the nets to the frames, but then, caring for ponds is gravy.



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      Absolutely exquisite! Also I went through the material you sent me and I'm so impressed. Thanks for sending it and giving me a nice afternoon of reading!

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      Amazing Max, absolutely breathtaking!

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      Quote Originally Posted by DarleneD View Post
      Absolutely exquisite! Also I went through the material you sent me and I'm so impressed. Thanks for sending it and giving me a nice afternoon of reading!
      oh, thanks so much, Darlene. After years of garden insanity, I'm still afflicted by it! Challenged only by ki shusui fever.



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      Quote Originally Posted by cindy View Post
      Amazing Max, absolutely breathtaking!

      Curious, what are you using for tick protection? I pulled a tick off my side this weekend and that was with deet.
      Cindy, this is totally irresponsible of me, but I use nothing. I check all the time. And weirdly, several times a tick has just crawled across my arm while I'm watching TV. So don't take it from me.
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      Everything is really looking outstanding Max!!!
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      You have so many beautiful areas to sit in and relax, but to keep that huge garden looking so good plus the fish, I'll bet you rarely sit and relax! I just lve the pics

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      Quote Originally Posted by Koigrl View Post
      Good Morning, Koiphen!
      While we wait for baby fish to grow, the garden is doing its' thing! I started the garden here in 1985 on a bull-dozed lot, and had a
      vision of the English-style country garden I wanted to have. New York State has an ideal climate for the kind of perennials I love most and after thirty years of on-the-ground research that spawned good ideas, top-notch design help from a master horticulture designer, trial, error, wonderful surprise, much mulch and very good gardeners working with me, this joyful collaboration continues to mature in the best possible way. I've posted a pic of the beginning, and then, the May garden this year and the June garden over the last two weeks. Forgive my :humble brag: but I'm just so happy that the reality matches my fantasies. How often does that happen!
      Roses are setting up for next week when Broccoli Hall will entertain visitors on the Garden Conservancy Tour. This is my excuse to drag perfect strangers out to the pond and tell them all about the "elusive ki shusui."
      P.S. the bib Harry is wearing is to thwart his kill plan for my chipmunks!
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