The Arch City Gardener

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The Garden in Time

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One of the benefits of a Midwest garden is the beauty each season brings. Here’s a look back at one garden bed as it appeared throughout 2014.

Late winter 2013 and spring can't get here soon enough.

Late winter 2013 and spring can’t get here soon enough.

The newly planted foxglove provided lots to look at as the garden got under way in spring. I love the maroon shades of the maple with the blue of the spruce

The newly planted foxglove provided lots to look at as the garden got under way in spring. I love the maroon shades of the maple with the blue of the spruce

Happy summer hydrangea. Little Lamb and Little Lime wind throughout the bed.

Happy summer hydrangea. Little Lamb and Little Lime wind throughout the bed.

I under-estimated just how many plants I will need and how long it will take to fill in this bed.

I underestimated just how many plants I will need and how long it will take to fill in this bed.  I also miscalculated on how large this penstemon would get. I moved her to the back in the fall.

The gayfeather returned this year...I still never really believe the stuff I put in the year before will come back.

The gayfeather returned this year…I still never really believe the stuff I put in the year before will come back.

A close up of texture and shapes. To keep in the garden or snip to add to a vase?

A close up of texture and shapes. To keep in the garden or snip to add to a vase?

Anchoring the south edge of the patio bed, the rudbeckia is a profusion of blooms in the hottest month of the summer.

Anchoring the south edge of the patio bed, the rudbeckia is a profusion of blooms in the hottest month of the summer.

As summer give way to autumn, the rusty brown plumes on this perennial grass contrast well with the blue spruce

As summer give way to autumn, the rusty brown plumes on this perennial grass contrast well with the blue spruce

The grasses plumes drape gracefully under the weight of a wet snow.

The grasses plumes drape gracefully under the weight of a wet snow.

The muted tones of fall beneath a blanket of snow: Harvest brown foliage and faded hydrangea blooms and the tall maple at the top of the bed; maroon leaves on the Japanese maple; and the tall pine in my neighbor's yard.

The muted tones of fall beneath a blanket of snow: Harvest brown foliage and faded hydrangea blooms and the tall maple at the top of the bed; maroon leaves on the Japanese maple; and the tall pine in my neighbor’s yard.

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Author: mjarz

Welcome to the Arch City Gardener. My name is Mimi and I started this blog to share my journeys in learning to garden in St. Louis County, Missouri and learn more from my readers who garden. Thanks for reading The Arch City Gardener.

4 thoughts on “The Garden in Time

  1. I enjoy seeing the progress of your garden! I think I had some of that Huskers Red Penstemon (I laughed out loud when you wrote I never truly believe stuff will come back …), but it I think has been beaten out by the Black Eyed Susan gang in my garden which comes back with a vengeance each year. I will have to plant some more – safely away from the gang – because it is beautiful! I am fortunate to have migrated this year but I usually stare out frosty windows asking myself how will anything live to come back in the garden in spring?

    • Thanks for your note and thanks for reading. That bunch of Black Eyed Susan’s have been in that spot for 2 summers and I have already divided it liberally! It is vigorous and wants to take over, but I love the way it looks. The Husker Red really took me by surprise when it got so large. The back yard is a never ending experiment.

  2. Nice! I like your garden, especailly the curving path and round patio (we just got a round patio installed), the big patch of Rudbeckia, and the patch of Smooth Penstemon. Your Liatris was growing very nicely for you, mine always flops.

  3. Thanks. The Listeria is a vAriety thAt is not supposed to flop. It was the to its promise.

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