more paths, and the flowers of high summer arrive

First, I have to report to Michele that the tomato plants you gave us are growing like crazy and look great. Here are a few pictures from this morning of the vegetable garden: So, we are having another garden party, on July 15, to celebrate the hemerocallis (daylilies) which are the pride of my garden….

Keeping up with the weeds, and making paths

I dug out a “moat” and filled it with heavy pads of old hay. It’s doing a great job of keeping the weeds around the bed down. Elsewhere I have been mulching like mad with used and partly composted stable wood shavings. I also use a thick layer of mulch on the paths. Here is…

One tired out gardener

I think I’ll take a few days off from gardening! Even with my sister-in-law’s help I’m tired out from getting ready for the garden party. It was a fun party, with around 25 people, and excellent weather. The peonies obliged by starting to bloom just that day. Before the party M. and I worked on…

Getting ready for the Garden Party

The June 15 garden party/potluck is to show off the 30-some peonies in the garden, but the delphinium have decided to sneak up and maybe steal the show. They’re doing very well this year with the cooler temperatures. More delphinium from last year: The gorgeous red charm peony will be done by the party–here it…

Jeanne, don’t read this post

You might be tempted to sneak up here and steal mulch in the Jeanne-the mulch-bandit-van. So, sometimes farmers just can’t get hay bales picked up fast enough, and then the bales get rained on and they’re no good as hay, so they have to be dumped. I call this kind of hay “dead hay” and…

staking peonies and so forth

  This morning was cool and overcast. Good day for weeding and transplanting. I have yarrow that I just love and it loves my garden, maybe a bit too much. It’s the tall, fuzzy, greyish yarrow, here’s a photo of it from last year:It is a little bit high maintenance, since it flops if I…

Back yard construction!

  Yesterday was hot and sunny, the soil getting a little dry. Today we had some wonderful warm summer showers and two good downpours, so the newly planted annuals should be set for awhile. Yesterday I did some major work in the back yard. Here is a picture from 2008 in July when the top…