I headed down to my sister’s new place for a few days and brought her some perennials for her new gardens.
all potted up and waiting for a ride
in the back of the car!
In return I brought back some of her nice variegated vinca, and a few white comfrey from her back hayfield.
Back at home in my garden the iris have just started blooming.
northside intermediate iris patch
plum colored iris
southside purple and white iris and the first few orange poppies, plus dame’s rocket.
The lilacs were beautiful this year. They’re just about done now. The biggest news as far as my work in the garden goes is in the backyard garden, which has been a difficult spot for years, in particular the back of the bed on a slope. Keeping the edge and the tall plants from flopping and keeping it weeded–somehow it’s always the last place to get weeded and it’s always a mess. The iris planted there don’t bloom but they don’t die, the false sunflower had grown into a monster patch that shot up every year to six feet and then flopped over extravagantly, crushing everything underneath it. So I’ve been tackling that. I’m putting in a rock wall, pulling back the edge somewhat, and yanked out a lot of the sunflower.
taming the back yard flower garden
In other gardening news, I planted hostas in the “below-the-kitchen-window” garden. (I know, it really needs a better name!)
Before–just soil and a thick hay mulch
after–instant hosta garden.
I roamed the gardens and chose a variety of hostas, dug them up and divided them, and planted them here on May 19. A few days later on the 21st we had a ferocious wind/thunder/rain storm, and the hostas handled it effortlessly–none got washed out.
I’ve been busy in the garden. The northside garden under the black walnut tree–yes, you heard me right–got a complete overhaul. I pulled out all the small rocks that lined the paths, widened those paths, weeded more, took out those ugly chimney tiles and the giant wheel rim and abandoned one lower section, replacing it with a nice curved wall, and re-placed the back wall. David added some wood chips to the paths. It looks great!
refurbished northside garden
So, in critter photography, we have the usual cats, and a barn swallow, and some fun garden art.
Mr. Fluff on the Aldo Leopold bench–a perfect fit.
a ceramic frog with the new Patriot Hostas I planted
I moved this viburnum from where it was not thriving down by the road. It has Prairie’s bird sculpture for company–adorable!
Fly enjoys the warm sunshine on May 17
My brother gave me this koko peli statue years ago–it works well in the northside garden
Max Coots’ “froad”
Tater listening for a varmint in the weeds