After the rain

We’ve had some serious rain, which is good for the garden. It also cooled things off somewhat. Before it rained, I added three wheel-barrows of old horse manure to the lower part of the front yard. I also moved a lot of the astilbe from the front yard to the new Thelma-rock-walled bed under the…

just sitting there…and Thelma rocks

Years ago my good friend Thelma decided to make a labyrinth in her yard, paved with shaped “stones”¬† made of concrete, and planted with various flowers and herbs. It was beautiful–she and a neighborhood youth she hired to help made hundreds of small flat pavers and she laid them in a lovely pattern. But it…

Late June garden report

It’s been a good year for the plants. We had a decent amount of snow¬† this winter and plenty of rain this Spring. Almost everything is green and looking healthy. But that also means a lot of weeding! And there are lots of mushrooms in the garden, too. Look at the size of this one…

garden party and a little rain

The rain held off for the garden party, and lots of folks strolled around the gardens, then we pretty much drifted inside or onto the front porch for all the yummy food that people brought. Later in the day we had warm gentle rain, and a little more serious rain overnight. It was so much…

First Day of Summer

Tomorrow is my potluck garden party, and a few days ago I returned from a week and a half away, so I have been weeding like crazy. I missed the first peony bloom, but I walked around the garden with nippers, deadheading the truly spent ones, and cutting the almost-past-prime ones for bouquets inside. Inside…

The front yard

My front yard is mostly in its final shape, and has the potential to be truly glorious. Right now it is lovely but not yet glorious. Here are some pictures I took this morning. So the front yard has two parts–the top is fairly sunny and things there grow strongly. It’s quite level and easy…

Today I made a MESS

Sometimes I’m good and I clean up as I work. You know, hauling away the piles of weeds or culled plants, and the sod and rocks, and the tools. Today I started gardening at 6 am and stopped at 2 pm, with short breaks for breakfast and coffee and lunch. I made a glorious mess,…

After the storm

Well, it rained absolute buckets the other day. We were inside with friends watching a movie and looked out at the sheets of rain sweeping through. And it rained hard through the night as well. But nothing got knocked down and there was no hail. It was warmish, too, and so overall it was a…

gardening after 50

Ye gads. I used to work or play outside all day with no sun screen, no hat, no bug spray, no water, no sunglasses, and I was fine. I worked on the backyard fence the other day putting in the wall–I have pictures! — from 6:30 am until 11:30 am and I had to lay…