Yesterday I set as a DAY TO WORK IN THE GARDEN. Between the extra rain we’ve had this year, and my travel schedule, things had gotten a little out of hand. I worked most of the morning in the garden, took a lunch break, and then went back out for a couple more hours. The changes seem so minimal, and yet, it makes a big difference to me, to see some of the weeds disappear, and also to get some pruning done on the trees.
I did some pruning on this lace leaf maple, but I need to work up my courage and do a bit more.
The stone paths were the main place I weeded. Good grief, I have a hard time getting anything to grow between the stones, but weeds! They are happy to fill in the gaps. However, when I started weeding, I was really pleased to see that some of my favorite ground covers (irish moss and corsican mint) had self-seeded between the stones. Seems our lack of rain has probably been the main detriment in getting the ground cover to grow!
Then I moved on to the carnation bed, which I guess gets the most sun, and therefore, the most weeds?
The patchwork path is doing well. I changed out some of the ground covers, and planted some blue star creeper in there.
The campanula bloomed for the first time this year!
And lastly, I put a few plants into the ground. It actually takes me a very long time to decide where to plant the new plants I get. This is a calla lily. I have admired these at the nurseries for years, but never bought one. We’ll see how this does in the shade garden. It will get a fair amount of sun where I planted it, so hopefully it will take off.
I went back out this morning to take a few more pictures of the flowers. Here are the carnations.
This rose is much prettier than last year! I almost dug it up before it bloomed! Glad I gave it a chance.
Lori, what is this plant? It is rather rangy and messy, but the little flowers are pretty, and I believe I bought it because butterflies like it.
And the new little honeysuckle plant has taken off and reached the top of the fence already! So happy. Just a little sniff is all I need 🙂
This is a dwarf abutilon (flowering maple) that I found. Bright red blooms, and it only gets about 3 feet high. Yes, it has its own little fence to discourage little doggies who like pink (and I guess red is a form of pink?) blooms.
And that’s the garden report for today. There’s a lot more work to be done, but that will have to wait for later in the week. I have one more short trip to make!