Written March 31
Can you imagine your garden? It’s under a fair amount of snow, I know, but remember the way it was last summer? What plans do you have for this coming season?
I’m about to plant a garden I created last season. It’s an allee. Not pleached limes exactly but an avenue about 150 feet long of 26 Mancana Ash (13 each side) that I will under plant with blue and white perennials and a splash of yellow. I can see it finished in my mind. I know exactly how it will look. Not this coming year or next. It’ll evolve like the rest of my garden, over time, with about a million trials and errors.
I have already dug, divided and planted 30 ladies mantle, scrounged from the perennial border and a couple of other spots. These edge the path of the allee and will be alternated with catmint. Last fall, in late season haste, I moved a few delphinium, marguerite daisies and tall nepeta. I did water pretty well so now, fingers crossed for winter survival. The other more structural element will include alternating peonies (Elsa Sass) and hydrangeas (Annabel). And, at last, iris and lilies all white.
Speaking of structure, this allee will be completely complete with an armillary sphere on a pedestal at the end of the path. Can such a thing be found in Manitoba? Is the only answer to make one?