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Monday, September 12, 2011

My bog garden wrap up

Bog garden continued before and after

I thought I would do a before and after shot of the bog garden.  I've been waiting patiently for the ironweed to bloom because it's so pretty. It blooms down at the river in it's native form which gets 6-7 feet tall.  My variety is a cultivar dwarf size.

It's been hot and dry this summer and I've lost a lot of plants but the bog was a huge success.  Except for not having the pickeral weed which was the original plan.  I gave up on it after the deer ate it down every time it would get over 2" tall.  I have native passion flower twining around the ground and up the hook that holds the wind chime.  My varigated yucca made an appearance after I had forgotten that I put it there.  The blue tinged panic grasses are doing well.  The pitcher plants are great.  I'm so glad I tried them.  The whole thing was almost maintenence except for adding water when it was dry (which was most of the summer).

So that is the bog blog wrapping up for the season.  I'll be posting about other garden stuff till frost but I'm so glad you joined me on this adventure.  Next time you have an area of the yard that won't drain or where the gutters always make a wet spot, try a bog.

Remember this?  

Now look at this!

That's passion flower growing around the ground and some varigated yucca spikes

Ironweed with feathery clumps of lavender flowers complete with butterfly


  1. It turned out Beautiful Julie!
    Love the ironweed, so pretty. Nice shot with the butterfly!
    How cool are those pitcher plants!
    Thanks for sharing this ~

  2. Your bog garden is very sweet! Too bad about the pickeral - that's my favorite water garden plant. That made me think of something though - you could get a couple of those grapevine deer that are easy to find around the holidays and put them by your bog. I think that would be very pretty!
    Thanks for this delightful post!. I joined your blog....and I have a gardening blog, too. Give it a look when you get a chance - www.TheCranesNest.com

    There's a link there to my Flickr pics of my gardens if you have a whole afternoon to spare!