This Week in the Garden

 

Well, lets start out with the biggest change in the garden this week–the new drip/watering system! After MLG installed it, I played with the settings, and got them all set to go off in the three different areas of the garden at 8 am each morning. So each morning I scamper out to stare at the little mini-sprinklers and see how they are doing. It will take a little time for me to learn just how much water each area needs. I have already found a few places that need more sprinklers.

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The foxgloves are just crazy big and tall and wonderful this year. In the past I have had to stake them up, but I haven’t done a thing with these. They seem to be holding their own.

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A close-up of their wonderful coloration:

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The new old iris!

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These pincushion flowers are doing well. I have a reader to thank for telling me to mulch them over the winter. All three plants made it through and are doing so much better than last year.

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This is the rose I got from J&P last year (that I complained about so much.) It seems to be very healthy and growing well. It smells delicious, and is pink. What more could I want?

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The Grocery Outlet roses (paid $3-5 for them.)

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These campanula are small but make a big impact with their big volume of blooms! I have them in several places in the garden.

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So. Last year I bought a nice little compact plant at the nursery with pretty pink blooms. But it was about done blooming and that was it. This year, in the same place, this multitude of single stems grew up. I really was not sure whether they were the same plant or maybe some weed. Turns out they were, and I am going to get a ton of blooms from them, if the buds are any indication. They are Mexican Evening Primrose. Hmmm. Just read up on them–can be aggressively invasive. They will fit right in with the violets and the fairy impatiens πŸ™‚ Snapdragons in the background.

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This is the rose I got last summer in a four inch pot. Its on its own rootstock, not like most roses. I took this picture so you can see the multitude of blooms that it will have. Also, you can see some of Noah’s hair there…

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Back to the other side of the garden–this is the same rose that I showed at the beginning of the post, but now at the end of its bloom–still beautiful.

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And a last shot of the foxglove flower bed.

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The garden is good for getting me outside a bit every day, and getting in quite a bit of functional exercise. This morning I swept and then washed down ALL of the stone paths. And that’s the garden report for this week!

P.S. My baby chicks have been shipped!! I will be back soon with a different kind of report :))

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4 thoughts on “This Week in the Garden

  1. Oh my gosh – such flower awesomeness in this post! Those foxgloves are amazingly tall! I’m not sure if mine will end up that tall. Last year they weren’t, but who knows what the garden has in mind πŸ˜€

    I want a drip irrigation system. John is thinking about installing a gutter on on side of our house to use to divert water to a dry shade bed. Not sure if that will happen, but it would be nice LOL

  2. That new old iris is really stunning! And OK, now I get why you were running out to watch the new watering system every morning – at first I thought you were just marveling at how nice it was working, but checking to see if everything is getting enough water makes sense. Although I once watched an entire cycle of my son’s new top-loading washing machine with a see-thru lid, so I get the marveling. πŸ™‚

  3. Baby chicks on the way!!!! Woo!!
    I think irises always have a very 1920s vibe to them. They look sort of art deco-y. Love them.
    That primrose is so pretty!! Actually all of it is really pretty. What a great hobby to have. πŸ™‚

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