Bloomin’ Update 21: Down The Rabbit Hole


I was all set to do a before and after photo spread, starting off with white and colored eggs in the spirit of the Easter holiday, and then segue into a series of photos about my pre- and post-Spring clean-up.

Before: The implied knot garden.

My raking , though, became more of an excavation as I uncovered plants that I hadn’t seen in some time — and my imagination kicked in.  Suddenly, I was a space explorer hovering over an unchartered alien world, boldly going where no man had gone before.  Or, in keeping with the season, I was Alice down the rabbit hole — and the garden grew curiouser and curiouser.

An oasis of peony.

The Valley of Lily of the Valley.

A view of Hosta Heights.

The edge of the Great Boxwood Forest.

The Spiderwort Wood, or as the local tribes call it, Tradescantia.

The Great Desert was once a colorful jungle. What happened here?

The unfurling tendrils of the Ferocious Ferns are poised to snag an unsuspecting wanderer.

When I came to, I was back in my garden, rake in hand and surveying my work . . .

After: The implied knot garden.

. . . still unsure about where I had been.  But at least I have the photos to prove that it was a real place. 

Happy Passover.  Happy Easter.

38 thoughts on “Bloomin’ Update 21: Down The Rabbit Hole

  1. Very easy to lose yourself in the garden, time flies, you relax, the world seems a happier place and life is good! Shame we have to wake up from my day-dreaming.
    Now back to work ! Xxx

  2. Kevin, the reemergence of the garden is always a beautiful distraction. It stops me in my tracks every time. Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

  3. I, like you, go outdoors and just marvel at little green shoots! I have little seed-babies popping up and all I can see is their marvelous potential! I enjoyed your exploration. You have a LOT of potential popping up in your garden! Debra

    • Hi Nicole. The knot garden is one of my favorite projects that I undertook. I didn’t have enough space for a full one, but then it occurred to me to create a section of an implied larger garden. And in hot weather, what’s wrong with imagining a hammock hanging under the shaded limbs in the Boxwood Forest. 🙂

      • Nothing. Nothing at all wrong with that. Or with actually doing it! Do you mind if I ask what kind of boxwood that is?

      • It’s just ordinary boxwood with small leaves — I’m sure I used to have a label. When I purchased them, they were small plants, and I’ve trimmed them to remain small, only about 10 to 12 inches tall. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If the label pops up, I’ll let you know.

      • Nicole, I found the tag! The boxwoods are Japanese Boxwood, Buxus sempervirens, “Newport Blue.” The tag describes it as low maintenance, slow-growing, deer resistant, and may be pruned into desired shape. Hope this helps! 🙂

  4. Hi Kevin! Hope you’re having a lovely Easter weekend!
    I LOVE your knot garden! It’s gorgeous. And I especially enjoyed the close-ups of the peonies and hosta in bud. You must still have great knees and mobility – I couldn’t get down on the ground anymore to get sharp photos like that! 🙂 Astrid

  5. Happy Easter Kevin! The boxwood forest looks deliciously enticing. I can see how you ended up falling down the hole when there’s such delights to see. Glad we got you back though.

  6. Your knot garden is terrific! One thing I love about gardening is the little details that take me by surprise. i never know what I will find or where my thoughts might go in the garden! I hope you had a wonderful Easter1

    • So glad you liked the knot garden. One of the reasons I planted it is that I was looking for year-round interest. The structure of it looks great in winter snow and summer sun. Enjoy the day!

  7. Wonderful job of weeding. It is my least favorite thing about gardening BUT necessary, so I will do some today. 🙂

      • Maybe I’m not doing it right. Do you have or do you plan to have a post on how to properly weed? I have a vegetable garden. It’s approx 75 ft x 90 ft and I have 27 rows and spaces to weed. I figure if I can do two a day they will each get weeded about once every two weeks, which is really not enough. Especially since I can’t really do it every day. I think I need an efficiency course in garden weeding.

      • Unfortunately, I really don’t have a plan or a technique. I like to weed in the morning or after a rain — they’re a little easier to pull out of the ground. For something your size, it probably helps to have a tool of some kind to keep the walking spaces clear. Some people use weed blocking material that allows water to pass through but prevents weeds. I’ve never tried that, so I do not know how it works. Other than that, it’s good old fashioned pulling — although I think it does make sense for a garden that size to have a plan. If I learn of anything else, I’ll let you know.

      • Thanks for your reply. The ground is pretty hard here, so I did get out a tool yesterday to help break it up around the weeds to make them easier to pull. As far as the spaces in between the rows, I am thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to keep some vegetation in there and just mow it short to help keep the mud down. This is only our second year with the garden, so I am hoping that the leaves and mulch that we turn in with the tractor between growing seasons will help loosen up the ground eventually.

      • I’m not a vegetable gardener, but I do like the idea of keeping vegetation between the rows. And a nice layer of mulch can help control weeds in the growing area. Good luck with it!

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