Sunday Morning Garden Chat: “Zen and the Art of Something or Other “

From the gifted, inimitable Ozark Hillbilly:

The so named by my wife ‘Zen Garden’ is finished. Well, for now anyway.

We had a pain in the ass postage stamp’s worth of lawn between the car port and the house that cried out for… Something. I knew back in 2017 when I dug up the old flagstone path and poured a sidewalk that… Something would happen there, I just didn’t know what. During the ’17-’18 winter I built the flower beds y’all saw last year but even then I knew that… Something more was called for. This past winter I bought a 50 gallon kidney shaped “pond”, just like I always knew I would.

For the first few months I just kind of moved it around to see where and how it worked best. I knew that by itself it was lacking and that… Something more would be needed. Obviously we would need a place to sit and a place to park our feet. We would also need to walk to the bench and past because our trash cans are on the far side of it. Also I would need to plant… Somethings or others. All of this required a lot of digging, including the removal of the top 4-6″ of “soil” (actually a concrete like accretion of clay, potosi dolomite, and chert).

Then I set the treated 4x4s for everything to be built on. Laying out the curves for the decking was mostly by trial and error. I could have planned it all ahead of time and worked out the math on paper but that would have made sense and required planning, which after 35 years of following blueprints to the fraction of an inch, I am averse to these days.

When all that was built I was finally able to plant some stuff behind the bench. I had originally planned on a Japanese maple but DUH! I can always use another redbud. The ground covers are a mix: Hosta, Deadnettle, Creeping phlox, wild violets, and a couple primrose. No doubt that will change.
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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Small Spring

From diligent Garden Queen commentor Marvel:

It’s starting to be that time again — fun & exciting, but it’s been tough getting used to having so little growing space.

My little raised-bedpocket garden is in and planted — just things I know we’ll gobble up (‘matas, beans, spinach, lettuce, cauliflower and kale).

I got ahold of some big commercial growers’ pots and have a dozen or so potatoes doing well in a small sunny side yard beside a young grafted pear tree (five kinds of pears).

There’s some garlic in troughs on a back deck and peppers in the greenhouse…and that’s pretty much it.

The yard landscape’s mature (plenty of rhodies & azaleas — things the deer don’t favor), but there are a few spots where I’ve planted (and will be planting) things that please me.

It’s funny: I don’t miss the old house all that much, but I think I miss every single thing I planted there over the years.

Have a SWELL spring — the BEST time of year!

Have to admit, I would be jealous of Marvel’s organization skills, if I weren’t so in awe…

Today, Murphy willing, will be dedicated to transfering tomato plants into 15gal rootpouches. If you don’t hear from me again, it’ll be because I’m too tired & sore to lift my hands to the keyboard!

What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Purple Season

These are actually 2015 pics, but right now those lilacs are almost as gloriously profuse, and the irises which were sulking all through our very rainy March & April have all burst into bloom simultaneously. It makes the ugly reality that I’m gonna spend a lot of sweaty hours digging up & dividing those irises somewhat less daunting…

A month ago, the only color in our front yard was the defiant yellow of hardy daffodils and forsythia. Two months from now (Murphy the Trickster God willing) the color palette will have shifted again to shades of apricot, pink, and cream as the roses and daylilies come into bloom. My garden ‘planning’ mostly amounts to ‘oooh this is a pretty plant, let’s find a place to jam it in and see if it survives’, so it’s a nice surprise when the result actually seems… intentional!

I’m going to need all the inspiration I can get, because the first half-dozen mail-order tomatoes just arrived, and the other 16 are due on Monday or Tuesday. That means lugging home some three dozen 30qt sacks of potting mix (I can’t lift larger bags, and there’s no room to get a dumpload delivered) and a strenuous couple weeks’ worth of hauling rootpouches and tomato ladders into place. Here’s hoping the resulting crop is less discouraging than last year’s near-total failure.

What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Promises

via Philip Bump‘s twitter account

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?

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Georgia Glory

From indefatigable contributor (and travelling fisherman) Raven:

These are pictures from our garden and yard. I’m sure the commenters will enjoy identifying the various flowers.

We bought the butterfly at the beach a couple of years back and, if these get posted that’s where we’ll be!

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