Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


When I've purchased daffodils in the past so often the key word in selecting my choice was "naturalize".  But it's not just daffodils that naturalize.  Any perennial that puts out its share of seeds is going to naturalize as I've learned in the pond garden.  The two clumps of yellow iris I purchased now completely surround the pond.

  I have black-eyed susans growing where I didn't plant them.


And now the Joe Pye weed is naturalizing.

This is the first year that its done it in earnest.

 Other years there have been a shoot here and there that I would purposely transplant with no luck.  This year, new clumps are forming in other spots around the pond.  It's decision time: do I let it naturalize?  I had no choice with the cattails which I didn't plant.

They did that all on their own despite my attempts to stop them.  A willow tree has appeared that I consistently cut down to no

avail.  Then there is the ajuga.

I planted it to be a ground cover along the edge of the pond long before the irises took off.  Friday I discovered it had spread quite a bit under its layer of Japanese stilt grass.  But then I had intended that it naturalize.

Here's one last plant growing in the glen garden.  I've left it there undisturbed because I like the looks of it. 

 I didn't plant it.  Who did?  Nature naturalized.


jean pell said...

Great looking garden, Marcie. I feel the added rain fall has made our plants take a leap. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Isn't it amazing how nature works???? I love seeing our flowerbeds mature through the years... I have before and after shots --and it's amazing how things work!!!!!

When we 'walk the yard' every morning, we generally always find something NEW that has appeared ---many times without being planted...

What is crazy also is having critters (mostly chipmunks) that dig up bulbs and seem to move them to new places (if they don't eat them)... We plant things in one place --and they grow somewhere different!!!!!! Fun fun..


Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Nature is nature and will do its own thing. Either you let nature have her way, or you give her some restraints. I liked your photos.

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