images to enlarge.
first attempt at a semi-natural woodland garden...
May 19, 2003
woodland garden path is off to the left of the stone steps shown above
images to enlarge.
(Time to prune the groundcover encroaching on the steps!)
It runs along the lower slope of our hill, under a stand of large
Oak and Hickory trees and Dogwoods.
central focus is a row of yaku species rhododendrons which bloom in
and I never seem to capture with the camera.
The rest of the year the woodland is dominated by wildflowers, ferns,
Slowly emerging are also some very young summer and fall species azaleas
which we acquired from a specialist breeder in south Jersey a couple
Stands of large and small species of "Bleeding Hearts" bloom
throughout the woodland.
The species shown right above will bloom repeatedly from spring through
stand of perennial Woodland Phlox (left above) follows the Virginia
Bluebells in May.
Unfortunately, I didn't capture the Bluebells in a photo this year.
the end of the woodland path is the Holly Ridge which, besides holly
has rhododendrons, hostas and spring bulbs.
The Holly Ridge is bordered on its right end by the arbor entrance
to the back of the yard.
A path at its other end leads to the other side of the back of the
I will add photos of the Holly Ridge when I get a chance.
The back section of the yard, which we call the "Back 40"
for now (It's about 40 sq. feet.), is not yet landscaped...
the one, remaining, large, planting project to do.
We are currently building up its soil with composted oak leaves at
the back border.
One of the rhodies on the Holly Ridge and also in the woodland is
a special rhododendron (above right), called "Goldfort."
It is a very old
variety, which I searched high and low for, having first seen it at
the Dupont estate,
in Delaware, near
We have visited many of the old estate gardens in New
Jersey and nearby Pennsylvania,
to study the old plants and traditions of planting, for ideas for
our own gardens.
aim is to create a design which is suited to our 1929 house
and to the old garden traditions of this region.
I finally found
two, infant "Goldfort" plants at a specialist breeder's
in upstate New York, several years ago.
They are just now getting large and blooming prolifically.
Their large blooms
are a pale, transluscent yellow, not quite as white as this photo
Goldfort is preceded by nearby daffodils and tulips in this color,
on the Holly Ridge.
In summer, it is followed by a swath of simarly colored daylilies.
The Goldfinches fit right in!
One of these days, I need to photograph our wonderful array of birds,
which we attract with 7 bird feeders throughout the year.
Many of them breed and make their homes here.
and June are the peak months for Perry Parc.
Lots more activity to come...
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