Shadow. My husband and I have not been in complete agreement about how shady our back garden is. The question is how will our shade loving plants fare if the garden is not as shady as I think it is. Hence, our Shadow Study.
Shadow is not only an afternoon phenomenon. Our house is sited directly facing east which means the house throws a long shadow in the morning.
The shadow is moving, but the South Border and most of the North Border is still in full shadow.
At 10:15 most of the planting beds in the back garden are in the sun. Half of the south border is also in the sun.
The back garden is essentially in full sun, although a portion of the North Border is shaded by our neighbor’s maple tree, and a portion of the South Border is shaded by our lilac tree.
The Shadow at 12:30 pm. Full sun in the back garden.
The whole back garden is in full sun. This photo show how the shadow is beginning to creep across the Hugel Project in the west.
The western edges of current beds are beginning to be touched by shade.
We have come full circle. The back garden is again in full shade. My numbers are not precise but we can comfotrably say that from 10 am til 5 pm the back garden is in full sun except for the northwestern corner which gets shady earlier. That is 7 hours of sun. The rule is that 6 hours of sun counts for full sun on plant cultivation cards. My husband is right, BUT (a wifely but) I want to say that plants can be very adaptable.
The Shadow Study has been done when the days are the longest in the year. We didn’t get the Study done on the Solstice, but maybe we will do another study at the Fall Equinox and see what we learn then.
These photos also show that work is moving apace on our kitchen/bath/laundry room renovation. Give us another month and the garden will be glorious and so will the kitchen, etc.