Our farm building was the site of the pen raised quail and partridge and the mountains around us are filled with wildlife. We share the farm with deer, turkey, grouse, rabbits, numerous bird species and even black bear. Gardening in this situation is a challenge: however we have encroached upon them so we need to work with them.
The woodland garden has filled in and provides the only true shade in the gardens. The Viburnums create the backdrop to our shade lovers, Columbine, Hepatica, Ginger and many others. In addition we have lots of berry producing shrubs which provide a food source for the birds.The dry-bed through the woodland helps eliminate a water problem which occurs when we have thunderstorms. Along this temporary watercourse we have many primroses, ferns, columbines, sweet woodruff and Golden Alexander. Although we have now lost a few of the shade producing pines we still have enough shade for our woodland area plants to thrive.
The slate wall surrounding the Formal
garden, was an anniversary present from my husband. This creates a
microclimate around the herbs, protecting them from the biting winter winds.
All our hardscape( fences, walls, rock paths, etc.)helps absorb the heat of the
sun and then release it at night and as such we are able to grow plants which
normally could not survive in this zone.
The hardscape also lends a sculptural addition to the gardens. When the plants are dormant, the bones of the garden are visible and that is a great time to do planning for the next year.