Adventures in Gardening: Late Spring 2013

There is not much going on in the yard right now, the iris needed thinning so I yanked it all out last year and haven’t replanted yet.

Yesterday I trimmed the willow trees to actually look like trees instead of bushes, trimmed the spruce, got started on killing the grass that keeps cropping up.

I attended to the climbing rose and put a few tendrils better on the trellis, pulled a bunch of weeds, and removed the square foot gardening grids so I can work in those beds too.

Trimmed the Russian Sage, and re-potted all the  tomato and tomatillo seedlings I started in February. I have a list a mile long on what needs to be done in both the front and back yards.

Well, I need to make the list on paper instead of in my head so I can prioritize, I am hosting a wine event in mid-June and I’d like the garden to look a smidge better than it does right now for sure.

Here is where we are so far, looks like it is going to be an expensive plant year!  The Salvia is new and I need some on the west side of the retaining wall to balance it out a little better.

The window boxes have turned themselves into a snapdragon nursery bed, trying to figure out how I can cultivate those and still get the mats and plants replaced for new ones this year.

Flower Garden This Morning

This morning I visited the flowers in the garden to do some cutting.   I reminded the bees  “Even though I put this Russian Sage here for you,  You have to remember I like it too”. yes I actually said that out loud to the bees on the sage.  I also told a cute little praying mantis that he couldn’t stay on the cut glads, as he would not like it where they were headed.  We got quite a bit of rain yesterday and about 6″ or so last week.  The flowers are still hanging in there in spite of the nasty conditions this summer has provided them.   I’m hoping to get to some other writing this weekend, until then Happy Friday and consider this my virtual flower gift to all of you!