A tale of West Ridge: eleven years of transformation
|Westridge this June 8, 2013|
|Westeridge June 2012|
|Westridge June 2005|
Two shots from the earliest years--not long after it was planted. The Penstemon pseudospecabilis has yet to hybridize with P. palmeri and produce the range of magenta shades it has today. These are the only penstemons that have persisted and even proliferated from the early years. The others have diminished and disappeared. Everything is discretely planted in distinct drifts, as opposed to the truly natural patterns nowadays (when plants have planted themselves)...
Westridge June 2002 (further away)
The early years were magical: we call them the honeymoon years of a garden when weeds have yet to proliferate and everything grows lustily. But there is a different sort of satisfaction when conifers gain size and heft and plants make themselves at home. That evolution is really what makes gardening unique in human endeavors.