Posted: 2013/05/20 Filed under: Gardening | Tags: Daisy, Dicentra, Hakuro Nashiki willow, Hosta, Lavender, Mr Lincoln Rose, peony, raised bed garden, russian sage, salvia, Square Foot Garden, Willow, window boxes
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.
Willow Trees 🙂
One Siberian Iris
Zephirin Drouhin pink bloom
Antique Zephirine Drouhin pink climbing rose, year #2
Red Rose bush
Blooming red rose
Mr. Lincoln is being enjoyed by some bugs, they must die soon.
My corkscrew “curly” grass was apparently supposed to be cut back, oops. Consider it “highlighted”
Lilly of the Valley
Lilly of the Valley, via England more than a few generations and houses ago
Dicentra White Bleeding Heart
Bleeding Heart Bloom
Bleeding Heart blooms
Lilly’s in front bed are happy
Dog planter got a coat of whiteRrustoleum this year
I can’t even remember what annual these are, but I planted them 4+ years ago next to my mailbox and they haven’t died yet
Small Turtle got a paint job too
Hakuro Nishiki Willow bush
Hakuro Nishiki Willow bushes in the wind
Tomatoes and Tomotillos
Snapdragons?? It’s the thinking spot planter, which will likely get painted and moved this year
Ivy along the front walk, needs a trellis on the long garage wall so it can climb
Hostas are happy
Fern, year #2, looking a bit puny
Front beds are snapdragon nursery, and they all look awful!
This woodland phlox has never thrived, its on year at least 5 and is the last plant left of about 5.
This is what happens when you let the builder plant a tree, they don’t unbind it and then roots have to go UP because they can’t go out… I’ll be lucky if this crapapple keeps thriving. If I was smart I’d dig it out and replace it, but since I want to dig out the arborvita on the other side of the garage I better pick my battles this year!
Posted: 2012/08/17 Filed under: Gardening | Tags: Cut Flower Gardening, cut flowers, Flower Gardening, Garden, gladiolus, Midwest Gardening, russian sage, Sunflower, Zinnia
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!