We have thousands of plants here, but only hundreds of pictures. We have chrysanthemums, nasturtiums, hollyhocks and impatiens, including the wildly native giant Jewelweed Also natives on the property are white and blue violets, Sweet William, forget-me-nots, little and large cowslips, lilies of the valley and many other local volunteers second generation immigrants and garden escapes, but nothing we would call a weed:
We have packs of feral mock-orange bushes, ditto rose of Sharon, forsythia, carnelian cherry, snowball bush and Japanese flowering cherry , black raspberries, roses, more wisteria, wild and cultivated grapes from which we once made a very bad wine with a brown head. We have sixty foot Bittersweet vines older than we are, original ivy, Virginia Creeper, and other vines, azaleas and grasses, and...... that's enough,
|Hydrangea and Sassafras|
|(If houses were wishes)|
But especially, we have water, stone, and trees.....
OUR TREES are mostly hundred year old softwoods: pine and hemlock, with one massive queen oak older than Ithaca, and an all volunteer Rose of Sharon understory which we must export order to grow a few sun loving flowers in our best patch of light. Hydrangea mostly loves it here, as does the wisteria, the grape, the bittersweet and ivy, the Carnelian Cherry and mock orange. The trees hang with vines, the wisteria reaches through the crown of the rose tree and writhes up onto the porch with the grape. The pines are huge, the June flowering Korean dogwood at the front , is the largest in the area, and its bloom stops traffic, but the sassafras out at the end of the driveway, when it goes all colors in fall, is like nasturtiums magnified.
We sometimes eat the nasturtium flowers, and bite the tails off the jewel weed buds, the exploding seed pods of which we detonate when they are ready to hurl seed. We grow catnip for the cats downtown, wild sage and lavender for fragrance, thyme and tarragon for the kitchen.
The azalea does hugely well here in the north light in back of the house and , the chicory and black raspberry grow under the pines where the flowers won't. The chicory grows tall as bamboo at the front of the property, and we have added bamboo this year.
The garden has several water features including a pond where, this Spring, the sunfish has been romancing the goldfish. David makes garden lanterns attractive enough to steal.
Inside, we have a little library of water and stone gardening books and you may consult them or us about your own projects when you are our guest.
|Japanese maple under hemlocks|
|Last year was our best ever for wisteria|
|This flymocidal fungus, genetically half way between plant and animal and dangerous too, occasionally pops up under the pines by the tea house.
|You don't have to take the bridge to get to the tea house, but it's a nice way to humor David. Please don't climb the waterfall, get into the pond, walk in the flower beds, or attempt any gardening ; but you can sit at the little beach next to the main path and pick as many flowers as you can eat.
|Edgewood Wide- Band Garden|
|What we learned at East Hill School about lilly ponds|