Experimenting within the Backyard – FineGardening

Experimenting in the Garden - FineGardening

Today we visit Paul Brothe in Newburgh, New York.

Gardening is relatively new to me. I moved from Denver to New York two years ago. In Denver, I lived in the city and didn’t have a big yard. I have almost six acres in Newburgh. When I moved here there were few flowering plants. For the past two years, my goal has been to improve the landscape with plants that benefit bees, birds and butterflies.

Here are some photos from my garden this fall.

This butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, zones 5–9) was grown from seeds last year. It has become a large bush that attracts a lot of butterflies and bees.

GaillardiaGaillardia (Gaillardia pulchella, zones 2-11) is one of my favorites. I took a picture with the seed heads on purpose on purpose. I am collecting these and will plant them next spring. My original plant was started from seeds indoors. I find it easy to grow. In summer the bees swarm over the flowers. The yellow petals are beautiful.

AgeratumAgeratum (Ageratum houstonianum, annual) is a beautiful plant. It’s one of my experiments this year. I’ve turned a neglected acre of my property into a forest garden. I sowed the ageratum seeds in late spring. The flower clusters are exceptionally appealing. Earlier this summer I had some deer damage on the ageratum – a constant problem as it appears they will nibble on something in my yard. However, I still have a lot of flowers.

Bearded IrisIrises blooming in autumn are lovely. Just as everything else fades, they add brilliant, velvety pops of color. Last year I responded to a Craigslist ad from an elderly woman who wanted help thinning her iris. I took a lot of rhizomes home with me – for free.

pink and yellow dahliaA friend from Minnesota visited for the first time this spring. When he saw my garden, he explained that I needed some dahlias (Dahlia variablilis, zones 8-10 or as tender bulbs). His parents are avid dahlia growers.

pink dahliasA large box of gift dahlias arrived in the mail. You have delivered spectacular colors for many months.

purple ZinderellaZinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) are easy to grow from seeds and are loved by bees and butterflies. I bred hundreds of them this summer. This is a purple Zinderella. Some of the Zinderella zinnias are double flowers, but many are simple. The speckled petals were particularly attractive.

Hydrangea paniculataThe hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, zones 3–8) at the front door entrance had to be trimmed.

Urn with hydrangeaAfter filling vases in the house with drying panicles, I turned my attention outside and arranged large bouquets of flowers in the urns in my garden.

wild asters with hydrangeasThis urn is surrounded by wild asters. I did not plant them. They self-sown and have been blooming for months.

My garden is an experiment. I am constantly learning, researching and experimenting. I like the satisfaction of growing plants from seeds. Because my garden is big, it’s the neighborhood park. My neighbor takes her newborn and toddler around the park every day. My garden is then not just for me; It’s something I share with everyone around me. (Paul shares more of his garden on his blog.)

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