|The patio garden. Blooming today: pansies, phlox, tulips and columbine.|
The garden area under the peach tree was an accident. We buried PVC pipes underground to allow rainwater from the roof to flow through the gutters, down the drain spout, and flow far away from the house. A natural slope ensures that all the water flows downhill and away from the foundation. John got the idea to build a raised bed there so that rainwater would provide plenty of moisture to the garden bed and I would have one more garden to plant flowers. Because it it within a few feet of the kitchen, the deer do not bother it (yet) and if a deer does stray close, Shadow's barks from inside the house send them fleeing back to the woods.
The peach tree was in the orchard, and it had about two leaves and looked like it was dying. So we dug it up and moved it, and bought a replacement peach tree at Lowe's for the orchard. The replacement tree is thriving and lo and behold, this tree is too! It LOVES having the constant water supply and it does not get waterlogged because the garden is on a slope. You can't really see it, but the ground does slope down right below the bed. Excess water drips away. I planted many tulips in the bed and the zinnias reseed freely. The zinnias are also starting to emerge....
|The struggling peach tree is now the biggest in the garden.|
|Another Rembrandt...I love this color...like a flame!|
|Mix of pastels and Rembrandt tulips near peach tree|
|Closeup of the tulip mix|
|....like a closed flame...more tulips|