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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Garden of the Gods







While that might be dramatic, I often feel that way in our front garden. Coming from Minnesota, I still feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland when I look at these plants.

We spend most of our evenings in our two chairs looking upwards to our upper fields.By sundown, the bats come out, and you can hear coyotes by the river 1000 feet down. These pictures just don't do it justice, but it gives you a teeny sensation of the garden I talk to everyday. It's where my father's ashes are scattered, and roosters, cats and sheep I've known and nurtured are buried here.

Our draught tolerant garden is a survival of the fittest model. If it survives on a tiny bit of water the first year, it stays. Unlike Portland, our area is much drier, and water /wells are an issue in this area. We've struggled to get some trees going, and vines, but on our 5th year here, mature root systems are making it and nothing gets much water. We still have to do better with a grey water collecting system, but for now we are focusing on our river water collection system and irrigation to the 40 cedar trees and animals, and the newly plants 400 native trees by the river. The veggie garden is doing well, even though I still hand water it from the well, but that will change this season, or in the fall when we can add drip from the river water tank.

13 comments:

DellaRae said...

Your garden is beautiful. I would want to sit in the chair and smell the lavender all day long. I don't know that I would ever get anything done...the chair, a good book.....

farmlady said...

Water is a precious commody here in California too. We worry every Summer that our well will go dry but in 11 years it hasn't. Conservation and luck keep it going I guess.
Your garden is beautiful. I love cats in the garden. They add to it's beauty.

Amy C Evans said...

Oh, wow, everything is so lush! So colorful! So GORGEOUS! What a summer you are going to have, dear Katherine. XO!

Red Fish Circle said...

Beautiful, simply heaven.

maccandace said...

Oh, it's lovely! I'd like to sit there, too.

Stephanie Lee said...

Beautiful!! Is that lamb's ear I see? Of course it is...what would be more fitting?!?! :)

Pat said...

I can almost feel the "green". It does look wonderful!

Cathy said...

Sigh. I miss Apifera so much. What a magical place! Thanks for these photos, Katherine.

Apifera Farm said...

Hi all- and the lavender, bee balm, phlomis, sage and so much more aren't even in bloom yet!

Claire said...

A sea of green calmness, so inviting. The first picture is my favorite - how captivating.

pbird said...

Did you and Martyn make this garden from scratch? It's soooo inspiring Katherine! Gardening is teaching me patience and timing... that's for sure.

btw, so sorry to hear about inkie...when my girls saw her up on my computer screen they all said she was so sweet!

good luck on your show!

Apifera Farm said...

I wish I had a wide angle....it really doesn't do it justice, if I may so myself! Yes, we dd it all from scratch. MArtyn has many clients who will say, "Get rid of that rose, or that plant there..." So we're scrappy that way. But we did initially put in a lot of yarrows, lambs ear [all dug from other gardens]. Now we can do a lot with seed since we have a lush backdrop. I've had the darndest time with my red bee balm damping off, but continue to try.

edifice rex said...

Wow! beautiful garden.

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