back to work–and not in the garden!

  Classes start this week, on Thursday, so time in the garden will be severely curtailed from now on. I focused recently on a thorough renovation of the “sandy” garden. It is based on sand, so I have to be careful about letting it get too parched. Only tough, drought-tolerant plants can live there. I…

destruction

Yesterday I finally planted the ten delphinium seedlings out in the “square” garden. I had to remove a bunch of phlox and echinacea to make room. “Remove” is a gentle word for a rather violent process, from the echinacea’s point of view–they get dug up and tossed over the side of the bank –I just…

going apple picking–and the hibiscus bursts onto the scene

Last evening I went out to our woods to pick apples, so David could make applesauce. This farm of 115 acres used to be part of an even bigger farm. Of our acres, David estimates 30 are now hay fields/pasture, and another 30 were long ago planted to apples, in scattered orchards. Some of the…

Rachel pictures the garden

My niece and her fancy camera visited my garden the other day, and I was intrigued to see how different her choices were from mine as she wandered through the garden. She took many more “weed” or “wildflower” pictures than I do, and often aimed her camera from a different angle. She took a bunch…

who ordered those peonies??

I got an email from Klehms’ Songsparrow nursery the other day. “We’re ready to send your peonies, expect them on August 28.” Great, the day classes start. I don’t even remember ordering them. Turns out I ordered two single peonies, the first singles in my garden–a dark red called “America”, and a gorgeous peachy/orange single…

Mostly wordless–lots of photos

This morning I did a few miscellaneous gardening chores, things like deadheading daylilies, and raking up piles of weeds left over from the square bed renovation, and planting the daylilies I had dug out of it. I had just set them where I wanted to plant them, and then it poured rain, and they sat…

major remodeling effort in the “square” garden

Here are is a “before” photo of what we call the square garden:This picture was taken in late July–I had put the “Thelma rocks” there ready to build a nice low wall. The garden needed more compost added; low flowers in the back were hidden by a wall of tall phlox and echinacea that seeded…