turning 52! a gardening birthday

I headed down to my sister’s new place for a few days and brought her some perennials for her new gardens.

dividing heuchera
dividing heuchera
all potted up and waiting for a ride
all potted up and waiting for a ride
in the back of the car!
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.

iris bud
iris bud
opened!
opened!

 

northside intermediate iris patch
northside intermediate iris patch
plum colored iris
plum colored iris

 

southside purple and white iris and the first few orange poppies, plus dame's rocket.
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
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
Before–just soil and a thick hay mulch
after--instant hosta garden.
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
refurbished northside garden
northside
northside

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.
Mr. Fluff on the Aldo Leopold bench–a perfect fit.
a ceramic frog with the new Patriot Hostas I planted
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!
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
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
My brother gave me this koko peli statue years ago–it works well in the northside garden
barn swallow
barn swallow
Max Coots' "froad"
Max Coots’ “froad”
Tater listening for a varmint in the weeds
Tater listening for a varmint in the weeds

 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Michele Whalen says:

    Anne, everything looks just fabulous! You and David have done a great job with lots of hard work. And things are blooming which is so nice. Be well!

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