“It has been a few years since I submitted anything to GPOD. My pool garden (a filled in swimming pool) has been featured before. It is one of several areas I garden in Maine. Not in these photos are the vegetable beds, Siberian and bearded iris collections, a long border I call the fence garden, a small shade garden, a small roadside garden, the front foundation plantings and some shrub sections. All this keeps me outside for hours every day. It is the backyard with the pool garden that gets most of my attention and this is what I am featuring in these photos taken throughout the 2023 season. It was a very challenging summer with endless rain, weeds that wouldn’t stop germinating and a good share of insect pests liking the wet conditions and lush growth.”
The garden begins with snowmelt in mid April. The early bulbs (Crocus, Zones 3 – 8, and Iris reticulata, Zones 4 – 8, in this area) are more enjoyable close up but here’s an overview.
Sudden warmth ended the early bulbs quickly this year but pushed the daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, Zones 3 – 9) along in early May. Then it turned cooler and they lasted a long time. Daffodils mark my first peak bloom.
The second peak bloom features peonies (Paeonia hybrids, Zones 3 – 8) and Siberian irises (Irissiberica hybrids, Zones 3 – 8) the third week of June.
Carnivorous plants in June. They grow in pots set in trays filled with rainwater.
A month later the daylily (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 4 – 9) peak changes the color palette from romantic pink, blues and whites to hot bright colors. Clumps of bright yellow Heliopsis (Zones 3 – 9) are long lasting companions to the daylilies.
Things slow down a month later in August but Allium ‘Mil
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We visited Harriet Johnson’s Maine garden last week, but just focused on what she’d planted in a space that had previously been an in ground pool. She mentioned to me that she had other garden spaces too, so I asked if she’d let us visit those as well… happily she agreed, and today we’re getting a tour of the space she calls her fence garden:
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