Garden Diary - June 2021

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Designed for Nature
Garden of Ken and Cynthia Jones, in Chalfont
Saturday, 19 June 2021

Our third garden visit is number 5 on the tour, that of Ken and Cynthia Jones, also in Chalfont. A modest quarter acre in size, in just four years and with enthusiastic lefforts the property has been transformed into a native plant oasis popular with insects and birds.

Behind the house and under the shade of a large tree there is
a lush foliage tapestry of maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum,
and Canada ginger, Asarum canadensis. Nice texture contrast.

Inspired by a talk at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in 2018, Ken added a pond. Water levels
do fluctuate but it is maintained with natural rainfall. Frogs moved in - they are serenading us
today. Fish in the pond control mosquitoes. Wet feet plants are also thriving. It's a win / win.

Ponds and fire pits seem to be the flavor of today's gardens. Ken told me that
desirable plants seed in the gravel. Which he then transplants to more suitable
sites. Notice the post-and-rail fence. While the area beyond is not his property

Ken has been creating a meadow habitat. I noticed beebalm, Monarda didyma, just coming into bloom, and these foxglove beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis. I'm sure there will be more and more flowers as summer continues and early autumn arrives, goldenrod and asters and more. Lovely. On the theory it is easier to ask forgiveness rather than permission, he just went ahead and planted this waste space.

This makes three. And there are yet more gardens to visit today.

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