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In the garden: Masses of color

This is a shot from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, ME:

What I admire most about gardeners who work on this scale is how they seem to envision the garden in four dimensions; not just this plant this year, but how all the plants in combination will look five years onward. I suppose permaculture experts have the idea of "guilds" to guide them, but guilds are generally about stacking functions, not beauty per se. (Although that is a centuries long philopophical issue all on its own.)

Anyhow, this year I stole a number of ideas from the CMBG, and I'll post on them soon. Many more ideas than I can use in a single season!

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Submitted by hipparchia on

and I was just about to congratulate you on success of your new front yard. :)

my attempts to plant wildflowers in my yard haven't worked well too yet this year. the birds vacuumed up most of the seeds; the floods washed away more of the seeds; the heat waves killed the 6 wildflowers that finally managed to bloom.

the good part is that I don't live in one of those lawn-obsessed neighborhoods and my neighbors have all cheered on my pollinator attraction experiments. at least I got a lot of bees for a while there, even though the butterflies were few and the hummingbirds were elsewhere.

Submitted by lambert on

I wonder about covering the bed with black netting? I bet birds wouldn't like it. Nippersdad might actually know, however.

There is a thing called the Florida Native Plant Society. Perhaps Maine pollinators are different species from Florida pollinators, or the two sets do not entirely overlap. Also pollinator resources for the Southeast.

My goal isn't really yield, but more complexity and interest.