Janet's Guerrilla Garden


May . .

Queen Anne’s Lace is appearing everywhere–taking over.  Ironic that I had such a hard time getting it started–it “didn’t take” at all for the first few years.

The Small Strip Bed

By May, most of the Leyland Cyprus had been removed by the city–well, most of the above-ground tree.  The massive roots remained.

Lots of debris had been piled onto a little bed I’d started outside the stone circle, between the circle and the ugly parking lot.  Layers upon layers of needles and small to medium-large branches . . . The snow hadn’t melted under parts of the pile.  But I finally managed to get down to the bottom layer and bag the stuff–and re-planted the little strip bed.

Four different Coleuses, red Snapdragons, two Cannas, a little Mint, a Sweet Annie Artemisia which has grown very tall–and some mysterious plants that seem to be small Sunflowers.  Lots of Queen Anne’s Lace.  And a few things I can’t identify . . .



Strip Garden–the big leaved plant is a Canna


The strip garden is beginning to look very full . . . 

Over on the left, outside the border you can see a few of the weeds–which I mention specifically because weeds are such an important part of the Garden’s history.  This area surrounding the stone circle used to be a wonderful area for so many interesting weeds: Devil’s Beggarticks, Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie), Pineapple Weed (which looks very much like Wild Chamomile), Chicory, Lady’s Thumb, Sowthistle, Asian Day Flower, Mugwort–lots of Dandelions of course–but strangely, not much Knotweed or Black Swallowwort, which are pervasive along the Bike Path.

And then the DPW mowed–totally decimated the area–and all that came back was Lady’s Thumb/Smartweed.  Not a desirable weed.

Well, that was last year.  Now I’ve made the strip bed on part of that space, and all the lovely weeds are coming back outside it.

The Shade Garden


Shade Garden–sorry about the over-exposure of the bright part–it’s hard getting balanced photographs in here with all the alterations between sunlight and shade  . . .


Shade Garden–east bed, the one that gets the most sunlight.  This year, Black Eyed Susans, Cinquefoil, and the Yarrow–which is finally blooming and standing up instead of flopping on the ground.


Shade Garden, west front bed, facing the Bike Path.  That Dusty Miller Artemisia has really held on.  I thought it was an annual when I planted it two years ago . . . The bits of magenta are Dianthus.  And Hostas and . . . I’m not quite sure what . . . 


Shade Garden, looking in from outside.  That looks like a tree growing in the brick circle, but actually the tree is standing behind the circle.  Close up we see a Hay Scented Fern, Bleeding Heart, Canadian Ginger, Hostas and . . . not sure . . . 


The drought is withering everything.


Sun Garden–trying to think of ways to block out that  chain link fence.  So far have failed.  This is the area that opened up when the two dead trees were removed.  Oh joy: full sun . . . that is, I think Oh joy . . . all these plants that are supposed to demand full sun are being fried.

We see magenta Petunias, a yellow, scented Geranium, an Ivy Geranium, pale yellow Petunias, Cannas (in the individual pots), and Purslane.  But it all looks so blindingly hot . . .


Sun Garden–one of the two new beds I dug (sort of) where the dead trees used to be.  The beds can’t go too deep because the tree roots weren’t removed.  Here we have some deep red Petunias, striped Red Petunias, Elephants’ Ears, Purple Ageratum, Cannas, and some little pink flowers I’ve forgotten the name of.


Sun Garden.   This bed used to be shaded by the two dead trees.  Now we watch how the plants adapt to blazing sunlight.  The Anemones survived  well–until the drought started.  The Dianthus is OK–and the Lupines were a great surprise (they’re past now).  The little rock garden on the right is hanging in there . . . 



Sun Garden, Day Lilies


Sun Garden