I’m making progress on my garden, one hour at a time. This is the most hopeful part of the annual cycle, for me; the plants are coming up (or arriving in the mail), and I can see where I’m making progress and look forward to the end results. The larger two of the three ‘flower’ shipments have arrived, and I’m pretty happy with my choices (apart from the pink verbena; still can’t figure out what I was thinking when I ordered that… ) Also, the lilacs are just coming into full bloom, so the yard smells gorgeous!
By the end of the day, Murphy the Trickster God willing, I’ll have finished with *one* plot — the triangular bed next to the front door, which is the least demanding physically of the eight or ten separate ‘plots’ but also the most fiddly, because it means removing failures and fitting new specimens into an already crowded patch. Two well-established Zepherine Drouhin roses, two less sturdy but stalwart Don Juans, daffodils, achemillia, columbines, daylilies, cranesbill… I filled up three trash barrels full of oak leaves & winterkill, took out some of the overcrowded daffs, popped in a couple of muscaria and some more blue columbines, relocated an insufficiently ornamental trellis and replaced it with a prettier one. Now I need to tuck in the last three sweet peas and a couple of old-fashioned dianthus, and reseat the edging planters full of blue pansies, purple lobelia, and white allysum.
After which comes the heavy digging & relocation in the rest of the yard — everything that doesn’t need to be pruned or divided needs to be raked out or eliminated with extreme prejudice. And the mail-order tomato plants are due to show up in a couple of weeks, after which all other yardwork will have to be put on hold. Still, I’ll have my one “clean” plot to admire!
What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?