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By Dyarnell @dyarnell
I loved my original plans for the front garden but it turns out that there is not enough sun getting to this bed for quite a number of the plants I had chosen to live there, let alone thrive, and "thriving" is how I envision all my gardens three years out.
So it is time for what we call at work a COE or Correction of Error.  The 'error' of course was planting so much in my first year rather than waiting and observing, but honestly this is how I learn. Even still I am one year in and still unsure whether the garden is part-sun or part-shade, but now I know it is certainly not full-sun, and next year I will learn even more.
ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3 I have everything planted and  planned but since I have been remiss about documenting what has happened in the bed since moving in let us take it a step at a time. In the end the design is not that different in many ways from what I had originally planned (above).
We will start with a look at what I planted this past spring after having built the garden the previous fall.
Small triangles are lilies: some incredibly tall ones that were here already and some gorgeous cream coloured ones I planted with dinner plate sized flowers.
Bright blue are Iris. Those in the far left oval are white with purple falls that I bought at a Friends of Gardens Manitoba annual plant sale.ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3The long pink oval along the front is made up of two kinds of Bellflowers that I have grown from seed. 
Green crosses are something I was given from a colleague at work.
Yellow heart is a lone blue Lupine.
Blue stars are Bachelor's Button from Shelmerdine's that I got just before I admitted to myself that this garden was not getting as much sun as I had hoped and planned for.  ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3
I did not include a marker for the Bachelor's Buttons I started from seed but they are spread along the front, and while they make for gorgeous close-up photos they are lanky and spindly and I do not hold much hope for them long-term here.ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3
Nor did I include markers for Flax or tall purple Asters, both of which I planted in the spring but neither of which are getting enough sun to have much of a future in this bed.ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3 ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3
White circles are one of the few contrasting colours, yellow somethingorothers.
Bright green oval is Lamium that was previously growing in the original part of this bed but has really taken off in the new soil.
Yellow vertical rectangle is Globe Thistle. Stunted this year, but perhaps that is normal for its first year from seed? Or perhaps it did not get enough sun - also very possible.
Blue vertical rectangle and blue horizontal rectangle I believe to be tall purple German Iris, the same as in the Sun Garden, but I cannot be sure until they bloom one day.
 The red smile is made up of Allium Molly, another of the few yellows. Whether Hyacinth or Geranium it should have some contrasting companions sharing its bloom time.ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3
Odd purple shape is made up of about a dozen Hardy Geranium which should fairly quickly take that whole part of the garden off of my hands by filling it all up.ANATOMY OF MONET GARDEN - 1 of 3
The light grey-ish purple circle to the far right are 3 blue Columbines which may very well get overrun by the Geranium in short order. 
Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 describing what I planted this fall and what is on the menu for next year respectively.
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