In Natick, Massachusetts, seventeen miles west of Boston, Joyce Ahlgren Hannaford has created a garden that is a neighborhood landmark. She shares photos of her garden with us, along with the very personal associations her garden has for her, with plants and landscaping features that serve as memories of her friends, family, and past homes.
What are you planning on doing differently this year?
We share a private road with four other families. I planted an area on the edge of the road with grasses that are now seven feet tall. In July, I am going to cut them back by half—to see if I can keep them from falling over. The grasses are choking out the daylilies and the smaller perennials in front, and maybe by cutting them back I can have more color in that area through the summer. I’m also going to be very selective how I fertilize this year. I will fertilize my annuals, but not my perennials other than in early spring. I’ve been using a new fertilizer these past couple of years (it's my secret!), and the perennials have been taking over. So I’m not going to fertilize them during the summer and see how it goes.
Hannaford's garden during the first blizzard of 2011.