The Mistress has enlisted me, Fionna Goosefeathers, garden guide and top manure spreader, to lead you through a few of her gardens in the sultry month of August. She would guide you herself, but is weary-worn from all the back-breaking chores she did this season, and is taking a long nap.
I hope you don't mind if my little charges tag along.. I adopted 6 of them, me being a motherly type.
P.S. That pesky peacock is NOT one of my charges! Only the little ducks are MY charges.
Let's start with the garden re-do a month after the new plantings... this has been christened Kizzy's garden. We will tell you all about THAT in an other post.
The bedding plants have grown quite nicely, but still are not as tall as my head.
Even without my bonnet on.
The Mistress spent a good deal of energy cursing the pesky little weeds that kept springing up between the walkways...even though we WEEDER Geese TRIED to keep them at bay.
The ducks? not so much...
Finally, she got fed up and pulled up ALL the bricks one by one, put down a weed barrier and laid the paths all over again! She did this on 4 pathways, no wonder her back always hurts. Silly Mistress... what's so bad about weeds? Weeder geese find them quite delicious.
It's a darn good thing there are plenty more weeds around here for us WEEDER Geese to tend!
Below is the Front yard garden, it started out as a puny little triangle section in the corner surrounded by lawn, but each year, the garden part grew larger and larger, till there was no more grass at all!
I guess the mistress forgot, that we WEEDER Geese ALSO like to eat grass... good thing she left a little for us....along with extra weeds.
The Potagerie off the side porch is full of Herbs, roses, and the all time favorite of those stuck-up Peabody boys and girls: TOMATOES.
They have NO shame and snatch those tomatoes straight off the vine, EVEN when the Mistress is LOOKING!
But the Mistress grew SO many heirloom tomatoes she could not use them all and did not mind the Peabody boy thievery. After all, says the Mistress, how many Fried Green tomatoes can one lady eat?
That was installed because of those trouble making chicken-folk, who think nothing of digging craters around her lavender plants just for the sake of a dust bath. Have you ever heard of such a thing??! A DUST BATH! We WEEDER Geese know that the ONLY way to take a bath is in the creek... or the pond. or occasionally in a mud puddle. And once in a while, the tiny frog pond...er, never mind... I didn't mean that... and I know nothing about the missing frogs!
Ah, My favorite side of the house... the Pergola.
On this side of the house the flowers DO grow taller than my head... it makes for a nice shady spot to nap. These are Cardinal flowers... they grow along a DRY CREEK. My charges and I prefer it when it becomes a WET CREEK, and that happens every time it rains.
When it rains and rains and rains, the plants grow taller and taller.... (yes, much taller than the top of my head); Sages, Chaste Bush, Butterfly bush, Wisteria, Penstemon and Phlox, Sedum, Beauty-Berry, Black-eyed Susan, Daisy and Coneflowers.
As official garden guide, I know ALL the names of the flowers.
Not the scientific names, mind you, the Mistress thinks the common names are much more charming and has no use for hoity-toity names like "Paracyathus sternsii"( besides, neither of us can pronounce that).
This unusual Coneflower has babies that grow up and out of the center! The Mistress had to order this from a plant catalog and always makes a big fuss whenever she sees it. It doesn't take much to make HER happy.
Well, it doesn't take much to make my little charges happy either, and right about now they are all clamoring and quacking for a nice wet bath.... in the creek.... not the tiny fish pond... I SWEAR!
I'm afraid my little charges are not very patient when it comes to garden tours.
Thank you for joining me on this Garden tour, Next time, I will leave my charges with Mathilda and Alice.
The Mistress sends you her best wishes..
signing off for now,