garden

How does my flower garden grow?

It's amazing how much can happen in one week!  Here are the rhododendron and daffodils, two weeks later. My short irises are now blooming. The bare stems to their left were the yellow tulips (and one red) that have come and gone already. I see my short peony has a couple of deep pink buds ready to bloom. And the other tall bushes are peonies. The three silvery green globes are autumn joy sedum. 

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Here's the other half of that L-shaped garden. My tall lavender irises are just starting to bloom. The low purple flowering plant to their left is, I believe, hardy geranium or bloody cranesbill. They spread like crazy.  I've started a front flower garden and they will be going into there too. 

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And finally....no. Not my garden. But my neighbor's beautiful azalea bush. 

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A Time to Learn and A Time to Grow

I have rearranged my website. It used to be this blog was my homepage. Until a friend who had visited my blog said she did not know I had written a book. 

So now my book is my homepage. The next page is about my other writings. We shall see if anyone visits this blog page anymore. 

Speaking of changes...I am excited about the weather. Spring is here! I just hope summer does not come at us in a rush.  We just had a snowstorm two weeks ago and now, all of a sudden, the grass is greening and the daffodils are blooming. 

This is a Scilla siberica or Siberian squill.

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It's all I have, just this one poor wee bulb!  I'm not sure how to get it to multiply but I've only been here for three springs. 

The daffodils we planted are growing profusely in the corner garden. Not so well next to the house on the south side.  Too much sun? Too unsheltered? The wind whips around the corner on that side of the house in the winter so it's hard to keep leaf coverage over the dirt and when we get a huge snowfall as we did two weeks ago, the daffodil shoots take a beating. 

That's what's growing in my garden. How does your garden grow?

Creeping Charlie

I've been working in my lawn. I just bought the house last August and when I moved in the backyard was beautiful and lush. And the homeowner had a yard company spraying it. So I thought I could skip spraying. 

Well, this spring when the snow melted, I had 2 different colors of grass. The south side of the backyard is much more lush and green and weed-free. The north side? Lots of creeping charlie. So I suspect the homeowner had purchased some sod for the lush side of the lawn.  

Creeping Charlie, also known as Ground Ivy and as Gill-over-the-ground. In the spring it has purple blossoms. It's a native European plant and its runners, really run!

Creeping Charlie, also known as Ground Ivy and as Gill-over-the-ground. In the spring it has purple blossoms. It's a native European plant and its runners, really run!

  At first I simply pulled it out when I saw it. But then it multiplied! Eek. So I'm now doing a combination of hand-spraying and hand-pulling.  You'll notice, though, all the little roots and how far the newest runner runs (on the left side of the photo) to set down new roots.

The name "Gill" comes from the French guiller which means "to ferment." Evidently the leaves were once used to help ferment or flavor beer. 

Pruning

Warm weather popped in and out last week. This is my first spring at our new house and I've relished tidying up a few areas, such as the terraced area pictured below, which were a wee bit too untidy. There were (and still are) some trees growing that will cause future headaches and under a messy spirea bush at the far end, I found a bunny nest! 

This the terraced area in all of its verdant summer finery. 

And, after a couple of Carole-King-energy, spring-like day, this is what it looks like now. My daughter pruned the pine bushes last fall. As you can see, there's still a...buckthorn probably, in between the pines. But the roots are too tough and deep for us to pull it. And a biggish spirea bush is still squeezed into that corner between the wooden steps and the pine bush. It'll be transplanted someday when we can figure out where. But, big difference.