welcome rain

Last night we heard thunder and soon it was pouring rain. It continued to rain off and on during the night and through the day today. The garden is much relieved. My “Orange Tremor” daylily got so dry it dropped all but a few buds. One of those opened this morning–wow. Here is a picture:I…

Beautiful morning in the garden

Did a quick tour of the garden this morning and laid down some hay mulch in the square garden. Here’s the mulched garden:I saw this earwig bug face-first sleeping in a daylily flower. I thought, “What a nice way to spend time! Wish I could do that!”The coneflowers were glowing in the sun. White ones…

hay mulch is the answer

First, the vegetable garden. The heirloom corn of several varieties that David got from a friend and planted was laid low by a very strong wind. We went out a few days later and gently pulled them upright, then David painstakingly tied them up with knotted baling twine, supported by a few metal step-in posts….

Getting ready for the garden party

We got more bales of mulch hay from the field across the street. David stacked them neatly under the pine trees. I’ve been putting it on the garden in thick slabs, which the plants and the critters just love. I weeded and then mulched the daylilies against the cellar stairs this way and the cats…

Southside path efforts continue–and high summer flowers arrive

The southside path has a lot of potential, but I haven’t quite figured out what to do with it yet. It’s better now but still needs work. This is how it looked on May 1 this year. You can see the daffodils are starting, the forget-me-nots are tiny, and daylilies just emerging: Below is the…

Sharing–and, discovering the Rhizosphere!

Sharing–everything from extra seedlings to tubs of composted manure to divisions. Gardeners are a generous lot. We trade ideas, stories, woes and triumphs, but most of all we trade plants. Eleanor got my garden started, and several years later those same plants and their offshoots or babies helped start my sister’s garden. Every year I…