my barn bed - orange and yellow - lots of photos

gottagarden(z5 western NY)February 4, 2012

I'm finally looking at all those pictures I took this summer. This is my barn bed, I've posted in previous years, but now you can see how it's changing over time. I've let it get a bit overgrown by the gold thugs, and need to thin a lot this spring.

(BTW I'm cross posting this to the perennials/cottage forum, the other forums I follow. I just thought I'd post it here for you locals :-)

The barn is a little ways from the house, and I usually walk there through my vegetable garden. Well, it's got some vegetables, but the gloriosa daisies have seeded in and they were so pretty I let them be. For this year.

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It's late to get started, peaking in July, August and September.

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July

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euphorbia fireglow and poppies From Barn Bed - Oranges and Yellows

July - lilies, poker plant, maltese cross, gaillardia From Barn Bed - Oranges and Yellows

Too much gold here, going to remove the black eyed susans.

But the back row is 6-7 feet tall with no staking. Cup plant and outhouse flower. From Barn Bed - Oranges and Yellows

The south end is soft yellows in early July. I've hardly changed this at all over the years, the plants are well behaved and don't spread too much. One day I want to change this to hot colors, but I never have the time and it's pretty as is, and low maintenance. From Barn Bed - Oranges and Yellows From Barn Bed - Oranges and Yellows

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By late July this bed is quite overgrown.

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My bench is almost hidden, but accessible from a small path running through the middle. The paint is fading, I'm thinking of going with dark orange. Or dark blue. What do you think?

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When you ask a boy to smile, this is what you get

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In October, I've still got grasses, and the maximilian sunflower.

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misskimmie(z4b Central NY)

Lovely! What is the feathery plant third picture down lower right corner?

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 7:48AM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

spiraea ogon, fabulous all season long

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 9:56AM
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husky004_(z5 NY)

I've had the pleasure of visiting Brenda's gardens and they are spectacular...keep up the good work my friend!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 11:50PM
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remy_gw

I was just going to say the same thing as Husky!
Great pics,
Remy

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 7:47PM
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lindalou(z5 NY)

love your barn bed, brenda. you have SUCH a green thumb!! ;)

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 8:35AM
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rosalinda_gw

Just delicious!!!!!

Orange for the bench

Today I noticed that my honeysuckle vine is leafing out - ugh, hope I don't lose it all

All my gardens need a major overhaul - hopefully I will get to it this year.

-Rosalinda

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 8:33PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Rosalinda, I suggest overhauling just one bed at a time, rather than all at once. I have a couple that need redoing, and it's such a big job!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 6:01AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Bren
Will you come and redo my bed(s)??? Thank you so much for posting the pics here. It looks fantastic! Maybe I will get to see it first hand one of these years.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 5:17PM
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party_music50

Absolutely gorgeous.

I have to wonder... assuming you take care of all of this yourself, how much time do you spend working on your gardens??? Even routine deadheading must take you FOREVER! lol!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 10:42PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

this is a very low maintenance bed. I cut back with a weed whacker in the fall. I mulch in the spring every other year. I might even weed in the spring, but I don't always get around to it. That's all. these are super tough plants they don't need coddling. Also they're so crowded there's not much room for weeds. (although there are weeds . . . .) I don't deadhead, no time for that.

I wish I could afford a gardener!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 6:38AM
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