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Dale’s Garden in 2020 – FineGardening


Today we drive to Michigan to visit Dale Dailey’s garden and look back on the highlights of the past year.

Spring started early in central Michigan, and many of the early risers had cold weather and snow. This is a scene from that time.

Summer garden in the midwestBut when summer came, the same area exploded into a lush scene.

Japanese gardenOther garden areas got their money’s worth. The Japanese garden features a new central tree, a weeping red bud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’, zones 5–9).

dry stream areaA dry stream area in front of our house has daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, zones 3–9) and a purple-leaved, distorted hazelnut (Corylus avellana ‘Roter Drache’, zones 4–8) on each side.

Escobaria viviparaThe alpine garden continued to provide surprises, especially after a hard winter. This hardy cactus (Escobaria vivipara, zones 4–8) was particularly spectacular.

Indian pinkAnother particular plant, a Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink, Zones 4-9), bloomed in full bloom in a shaded area this summer.

Geraniums with variegated leavesI also tended a group of geraniums with variegated leaves that popped up from seeds. I hope that one of them will keep its diversity and be able to multiply.

shady gardenAnother popular spot is the shaded garden area that I see when I drive up the driveway. It includes a well-established range of hostas, astilbe, epimedium, and other shade-loving plants.

Spider weedWe live on a dusty gravel road, but I’ve created a small, rugged garden area around our mailbox. There are some tough arachnid (Tradescantia virginiana, Zones 4-9) and daylilies in the area.

Overhead garden photoA friend took a photo of part of the garden with his drone. The photo gives a good impression of the layout east of our house. It gives the garden a whole new perspective.

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