Friday, November 2, 2012

Diana's front garden - how does she do it?


It's not a big space, but Diana Mendes has somehow created a garden that overflows with color all during the growing season.  This scene, taken in late October, shows the entrance to the garden.  What you can't see are all the roses, the prolific purple-blue Mexican sage (impossible to photograph for my camera; comes out blurry every time), daisy chrysanthemums in every hue, large clumps of blue asters, goldenrod, dahlias ranging from dark, dark red to yellow with pink splotches, Encore azaleas, watermelon-pink salvia and tall blue ageratum (is there anyone who doesn't have this every autumn?  I keep pulling it up, and, lo and behold, I'll find that it has migrated to a different part of the yard).

What is very showy in this scene is the Muhlenbergia capillaris, or pink Muhly grass to the right of the arch.  I took a photograph from a different angle that shows how large this planting is.  It extends deeper than it appears here, and is absolutely spectacular.  I'll have to post the photograph showing it backlit.  It's amazing how this native fall grass catches the light.  Diana says it was even showier the week before, but I was mesmerized by the sight the day I was there.

Having that patch of lawn leading from the driveway into the middle of the yard, with the borders on all sides, makes the space seem even larger than it is.  Bear in mind, too, that this same space is always changing, and in spring looks as if there could never be enough room for a fall garden billowing with flowers.  That doesn't even count the summer.  Diana has really pulled off a miracle.  I really don't know how she does it.


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