Monday, June 29, 2015

The Gardens of Ham Lake

After doing some landscaping for my daughter's garden last year, I was bitten again by the long dormant gardening bug.

Since we have the same spot each year for 2 - 3 months in the summer, I decided to plant my own little garden to enjoy during our stay.  It's primarily shade here and since our previous sticks and bricks house was in the shade I'm very familiar with what to grow.

It started out as a few hostas last year and this year I decided to jump-start the process by adding more plants.  A lot more plants.  My friend Marti will understand what I mean by this statement.

Whenever I browse through a nursery it's much like attending a family reunion as I recognize loved ones I've not seen for a while.  I love these miniature hostas and smiled when I found the blue mouse ears variety again.

So now I have some heuchera in lots of different colors...

My ghost fern....

My astible will add some height....

As will the cimcifuga ramosa (snakeroot)...

And in the sun I added a cone flower and lupine to see how they will do.

Well, now that the garden is looking good I needed to add a proper bird bath.  I had been using an old cat litter pan with a rock in it that didn't seem to appeal to anyone.  This one should fit the bill and is heavy enough to discourage theft from other campers.  But cheap enough that if it disappears it's no big loss.

One of my favorite things in the garden world are vines, so I couldn't pass up this lovely clematis.  Of course, that necessitated the purchase of a trellis. The plant is pretty tiny yet, but I have "high" hopes.

It's off to a great start now and I look forward to future visits to see the progress.  There is a saying among gardeners that "the first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps and the third year it leaps".  I can only image its glory by the end of the third year!

Long Live the Garden Queen


  1. Oh Cheryl. You'll have to come back to weed. Did you see my message today re: those wonderful mosaics and garden?

  2. Looking good Cheryl , may your garden flourish and bloom. :)

  3. Very nice, my friend. I could use your help down here. *wink*

  4. Wow, you have been industrious. It's looking good.


  5. Your plants and birdbath look wonderful. Your spot will be the envy of all the other residents. I can only imagine how lovely it will be looking in a couple more years. It will be fun to see photos of the garden in a couple of months. You have a super day, hugs, Edna B.

  6. I should have dug up part of that deep blue hosta I had. I miss that one. Will you be there early enough next year to enjoy the sweet smell of the flowers on the snakeroot? I'm just going oooohhhhhhhhhhhh at each plant you mentioned!