Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Big Rock Garden is.... Done!

Russian Sage: Plant it where folks bump into it so they can enjoy the delightful fragrance.
 My August garden is ~ not yet ~ looking as tired as I feel. But, I can see exhaustion setting in as I wander about the flower patches, putting off the hard work for as long as I can.

John Cabot Roses never disappoint. Blooming from June - September.
Each morning, I find myself crossing fingers and toes, in high hopes of a cool breeze that will not come.

Under-achieving Coneflower
It's not as hot here as in other places but heat is relative and I'm a weenie.

I truly, madly, deeply hate working out in the hot, hot sun but calendars don't lie. Summer is nearly over. And, this is the last push to the 'finish line.'

Do you make a to-do list? I'm a list maniac. I've got life lists and landscaping lists. Hell, I even jot down a hate list when I'm in a particularly foul mood. (I tear that one up as quickly as I write it down, so don't even bother snooping around my home office..)

If you were to use the blog as an indicator, it may appear I've done very little gardening this season. Certainly haven't made the effort to talk about it...

Coming Attractions: Pear and Gorgonzola Salad. (Yum!)
In truth, this has been one of the busiest gardening seasons on record. After a long cool spring, and injuries that waited until July to heal... I found myself behind the 8-ball on every outdoor project.

In the beginning, it looked like this. A rock the size of a Jeep Wrangler.
Something had to give. So, I decided to focus on what matters most. I abandoned the computer, in favor of the shovel, and proceeded to go a little hog wild. The most tiresome task was wrestling the last of the Big Rock Garden into submission.

I double dog dare you to find that ugly rock.
I guess I didn't blog about it because I've been droning on about this garden project for. ever.

But, it's done, now. If a garden is ever done.

Let's just say it's as done as it will ever get.

In addition to this, I managed to scratch every single thing off the to-do list ~ with the exception of item #1.

That infernal water feature. Which has sat at the top of my list, inspiring annual guilt trips, since 2007.

Ah, well, there's always next year...

Stay cool, dear Garden Bloggers.

23 comments:

Snowcatcher said...

Amazingly beautiful how you were able to camo that rock! We're hoping to camo the entire yard, front and back, and like you, it's been on our to-do list for... well, forever. But you've inspired me. And for that, I thank you! I hope mine will look as gorgeous as yours when we're done!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hey, Snowcatcher!

Thanks!!!

I can inspire you a little more... want some seeds? Aren't we in the same growing zone? If so, I'm happy to send you a goodie bag of the flowers that are blooming out there...

Carolyn ♥ said...

Your Rock Garden is inspiring, Kate. As for the water feature... not such a hard task. My honeyman and I made one in a few Saturdays last Spring... a waterfall with a 15 ft stream. The birds love it and so do I. Planning a "how to" post someday... been out of the blogging world for a while, it's nice to be back.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

I look forward to reading your how-to post Carolyn. :)) I certainly need some inspiration.

Patricia Tryon said...

Nope, can't find that rock! Gorgeous work.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I love love love that garden! I also love the smell of Russian sage. The only thing I don't love is that I can't just swing by and have a look-see.

ProfessorRoush said...

Was it a "big rock garden" or a "BIG ROCK" garden that you were working on? I need to remember to search out John Cabot. Never grown that particular gentlemen, but it looks pretty snazzy.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Patricia;
That rock does kind of an amazing thing, now. It heats up so much from the sun, that it provides warmth for tender perennials all winter long. (I'm still glad it's invisible, though... :)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Well, Monica, I guess you'll just have to come out for a visit next summer! You can assist with that infernal water feature!! :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hey, Prof!
Giggling as I respond to this because you've landed on something that ticks off a lot of people who google rock gardens and end up on my blog. "You idiot!" they say. "Rock gardening is totally different from having a big rock in a garden!!"

* Sometimes it's just fun to play dumb.

Samantha said...

Astonishingly beautiful! I really love the way you've worked with the flowers and bushes

Rose said...

Omigosh, Kate, I don't think I've ever seen a long shot like this of your garden before--it's gorgeous! Even if you didn't get a water feature in, you can feel so satisfied knowing how much you did accomplish this year. I'm a list-maker, too, and rarely does everything get crossed off:) I'm also a weenie about the heat--I'm looking forward to cooler days ahead; maybe then my to-do list will get shorter.

Lona said...

Wow Kate! Girl you have done a fabulous job on the rock garden.It looks so beautiful and lush. I am a list person too and I have been putting things off so much this summer.Feeling old. LOL!I planted out some more lilies and irises, and replanted irises, and replanted irises. A psycho squirrel keeps digging the irises up and I am about to get the gun. LOL! I am wondering now who is going to last the longest on the digging and replanting of the irises. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thx, Samantha;
It's been touch and go with the Butterfly bushes but the purple ones are doing pretty well, this year. It's fun to see so many bees and butterflies flitting about the flowers.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

I hear ya about the heat, Rose;

It takes a lot out of me. The only salvation is that there is no humidity - we're a high plains desert. I just melt in humid climates. Thanks! Glad you like my great big mess o' flowers. :))

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Lona!
Ha! Pesky squirrel. I thought I had a squirrel problem last autumn. Something digging up all of the freshly planted bulbs. Then I discovered that Bad Dog was the perp!

Yael said...

I love Russian Sage. It is so textural and such a pretty blur. That is a beautiful specimen, I can identify with your underachieving echanacea. I have one just like it. Maybe that is why the nursery sold it at half price. Some beautiful flowers.

Yael

Tufa Girl said...

Love the rock garden! That is exactly the look I am going for in the loft garden. Of course I won't know when I can start as this heat does not want to break. I have a book of to-do lists for when the heat breaks.

Betty said...

Just beautiful!

Don't put off your pond, and go for the gusto with a waterfall. Every book I've read says that the biggest regret of every person who puts in a water feature is that they didn't make it bigger. I'm no exception.

You did a fabulous job of making the rock garden look like it has always been there.

Carly said...

That is very impressive, and absolutely gorgeous! Makes me wish I had a garden of my own to do something that amazing with.

And if it gets things done and makes you happy, working in the garden is more important than blogging about it. But I do miss it when you don't post :)

Iron Needles said...

How I wish I could see it all! Maybe next summer.

Cinthia said...

Your rock garden looks just amazing. Congratulations!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

What a transformation! I love it!