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The kids are at a play date at the park.

My garden is now clear of the natural mulch that had accumulated. (For the uninitiated, that's gardenerspeak for "fall leaves and dead stalks I was too lazy to rake in the fall.") My bulbs, which were poking their heads up from under the debris, can now show their faces and absorb the lovely sunshine.

The only reason I don't yet have crocuses is that they were buried under the leaves. I suspect I'll have blossoms within the week now that it's gone, provided it stays somewhat warm. (This is not a sure thing by any means; we could easily get more snow yet.) I've got tulips, paperwhites, daffodils, dwarf irises (which have never yet bloomed) and hyacinths out there, showing green. Several perennials are starting to leaf up around the base. When I cut a bunch of creeping thyme that was encroaching on some poor tulips trying to fight their way out of the soil, the smell was wonderful.

Now that I've had my vitamin D and have rehydrated, I'm ready to get back to work on my coursework. I will finish this assignment today! Rawr!
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My spring bulbs are mostly doing well. A couple are coming up right smack in the middle of my creeping thyme and veronica, and they aren't getting much room, but other than that I'm happy with them. I'll wait another three weeks and then sow my nasturtium seeds in the spots left bare by retreating bulbs. I bought more of them this year, so I should get lots of colour from them.

I need a small mum to shade the feet of my clematis. It's doing beautifully, btw, lots of leaves beginning to cover the lower part of the trellis. This will be the year I start to get substantial blossoms on it, I think. I'm going to have to be vigorous about eliminating extra morning glories, otherwise the clematis will get overwhelmed. Those morning glories are definitely glorious - and since they're shaded in the afternoon, they're often glorious for much of the day - but man are they invasive.

Also in the side garden, my lavendar is doing well, the dwarf sweet william is creeping along nicely, and the purple sage is popping up. The peony, while much smaller than other people's, is still respectably alive. The columbine has self-seeded all over that garden, so I have to decide how much I'm going to leave there. It's lovely, so I may let it go all English-country-garden on me. The nasturtium will look lovely around all that columbine and purple sage and lavendar.

I still don't know where I'm going to put the stella d'oro lily. And I'm still debating what to do with the garden extension I'd tentatively planned. I like the veronica I planted last year; it's covered in purple flowers and is creeping into the grass, and since it's much prettier than grass, that's fine by me. I do know I'm planting some tall larkspur against the porch, and a couple of bushy sweet williams between them. Yes, I think it's going to be very English-country-garden this year. The morning glories will use the larkspur as trellises, so I don't have to put out any more fishing line.

I think I'm going to enjoy the garden this year. I may even get around to doing something with the backyard, which I pretty much totally ignored last year. I should go check and see if my hostas are coming up yet.
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It's a vine covered teepee, and I love it. I want to do it in the backyard with a vine that will produce something edible - grapes, maybe, or scarlet runner beans, or a few of each. But I don't have a backyard big enough or sunny enough right now.

Garden!

Apr. 19th, 2008 08:23 am
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I have two daffodils - the ones that went in the ground in the fall like they were supposed to - that are going to bloom this weekend. All of my hyacinths are blooming. My crocuses are mostly done, except for the ones that didn't bloom at all; hopefully they'll get enough energy to bloom next year. There are buds on several of my tulips. Most of the daffodils that went in a few weeks ago are behind, and some of them probably won't bloom at all, but a few of them have three good leaves and probably a bud hiding down amongst them. My irises are shooting up spiky leaves and will likely bloom on schedule - which means about a month from now. My parsley, thyme, oregano, mint, Russian tarragon, lemon balm, sage, and chives are all doing well - the chives are ready to be harvest for egg salad, which is lovely. My seedlings are outside today, soaking up the sunshine directly for the first time. Maybe a few more will sprout - the swiss chard is mostly not up, and the one in the middle that I can't remember the name of is getting spindly. I don't have a really good seedling window, so I need to make sure they go out on warm days to get a boost. My lilac has lots of budded leaves that are just starting to spread into actual leaves, though I didn't see any flower buds on it. It's still young, so I might not. My lavendar is grey-greening nicely, my sweet william is lovely, and the clematis has a few wood-coloured buds on it, so I didn't kill it! The columbine is also coming back, and I think it may have self-seeded, in which case I'll transplant when it's big enough.

My morning glories are showing no signs yet, but I've pulled a dozen baby trees out of my flower garden. I think they were Rose of Sharon from next door. I also haven't seen any sign yet of my peony, which worries me a little bit - it should be starting to send up spiky red things around the time the hyacinths bloom, and it isn't yet. The lilies in the backyard are in fine form, but the hostas are as yet a no-show. I've found a few spots where they will come back, so the squirrels didn't get them all. I also haven't seen the wild geranium that was back there last year. It was a beautiful plant and I was quite willing to let it grow where it wanted. I may try to tame it this year, since there are other things I want to plant out there amongst the hostas. We'll see.

Claire has discovered dirt as a venue for play. She likes moving dirt from one spot to another in the garden, and she loves the sandbox at the babysitter's - even if she carries most of it home in her diaper. I think it's time to dig out the sandbox from the garage - the one that Elizabeth got for her second birthday and I never got around to filling with sand - and clean it out and buy some sand for it. It's a turtle sandbox, and it's really cute.
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I just spent twenty much-needed minutes in the garden.

I reburied some half-bare tulip bulbs. I think it was a matter of the weight of the ice in that spot, and its melting pattern, carrying some of the soil away. I added new soil and watered well, and actually dug new holes for a few of them. I removed dead stalks from my mums and a few other spots, dug a couple of weeds now while I could get to them, and worried over my slightly-yellow daffodils. I rejoiced over my bright purple crocuses and those that are still working at blooming, and discovered a whole bunch of tiny sprouts that I think are feverfew but might be basil (they were in the same location; I'm not sure how well basil seeds would have wintered over, though, and I'm quite sure the feverfew would have.) I noted with glee the little tufts of chives (ready to start harvesting in a week or two!) and the buds on the lilac bush. No sign yet of the peony, which surprises and worries me a little. My thyme seems to have wintered over, and is greening up underneath. I've got sprouts of oregano and either mint or lemon balm in my planter - those two were practically on top of each other and the leaves aren't big enough yet for me to pick one, so I'll wait and see. I added some more dirt to my potted daffodils, which aren't quite as yellow as the ones in the ground, and enjoyed the green artichoke-like buds on the hyacinths.

Twenty minutes made a huge difference to my mood, and some difference to my plants, as well.

Finally!

Jul. 15th, 2007 03:04 pm
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There is a bloom on one of my morning glories! And I saw it at three o'clock in the afternoon!

I tried to take a picture, but the camera isn't co-operating for some reason.
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Last Sunday, after my MIL read what I planned to do in my garden, she suggested laughingly that I wasn't being very honest. "At least when I make garden plans, I say my husband is going to do it!" she said.

I was slightly offended. So when Jenn came over to help me with my garden, we made sure to get many pictures of the process, including several taken by her, of me working. I will be staying home from church tomorrow so that my muscles can recover. :)

So, the day. We started with an extremely shady lawn containing (as I thought) one massive hosta, a few somewhat scraggly rose of sharons, a border about six inches deep along the back fence of lilies, and myriad weeds, roots, detritus, moss, and bare patches. I forgot to take true before pictures, so you'll just have to picture it. There were no defined beds beforehand. The soil had not been touched in any way for about six years, probably longer, seeing it didn't look much better than this when we moved in.

Behold the transformation! )All in all, a good day's work. For the price of five bags of dirt, a few tools, several hours' work, and $34.49 in Harvey's take-out, I got a functional, pretty garden, without adding a single plant that wasn't back there already.

Next week, we're doing the front garden. :)

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