I diligently starting working on my yard flowerbed in May starting with my rose garden which has been weeded, fertilized and prepared for new rose bushes to take place of so many that I lost during the winter either to the cold or the wild rabbits.
Rose Garden- rabbit proof fence around the inside of the yard and this fall I will do the same thing to the outer perimeter. It has a chain link fence but the rabbits have found places to get under it. I’ll bury chicken wire about three inches down and at least two feet high to keep them out.
I’ve worked on the front bed facing the house and to the right of the front gate but waiting on blooms for the later summer bloom. I have a few coneflower preparing to bloom with big buds next to the rose garden.. The lilac didn’t bloom this year and I’ve researched what I need to do before another year. This was it’s first spring since it was planted late summer in 2018. The hollyhock is blooming and the hibiscus will be later. I have one shasta daisy that was transplanted and I’m still hopeful it will bloom once the weather stays warm. I tried a butterfly bush beside the front gate but it did not survive, which I half expected since it was one of boxed bushes you find real cheap in most stores. A new well-established one is on my list for spring 2020.
We patiently wait for bloom!
The bell garden was my next cleanup but a summer cold/allergies/sinus problems slammed me into bed a few days and after 10 days I think I’m near the end of the mess. I sat in the sun in this garden on Tuesday and got a few things done.
Bell Garden-weeded but still needs some work. First I need to kill the grass at the front of the garden because it’s hiding the shorter plants in the garden.
The first row holds Primrose which I divided Tuesday. It also has a few snapdragons for some bloom in the summer months. Primrose are one of my first bloomers usually in April.
The second section is half full of columbine and I’ve seeded for next spring to have the entire row full of all colors. Columbine likes the shade and the cooler weather.
The section in front of the dinnerbell is lupine, bleeding heart, tall phlox, bleeding heart and more lupine in that order. Not much this year but you have to start somewhere.
Behind the bell is an area that I’m hoping will have pink and purple Cleome to accentuate the entire area with tall, delicate blooms. Most all of the plants in this bed are perennials or re-seeders.
I can’t wait to feel well enough to get back in my gardens but Mother Nature needs to slow down the winds and rain just for a few days! We also have about 65 acres of hay left to roll for our first cutting this year.
No words, just the beauty of my photos, says enough I think!
Peonies and rose
Dinner bell garden
Old Fashioned Rose full of bloom
Another new rose
Bigger blooms every year
Mother’s day hanging table
Peonies and Iris
Hostas & geraniums
Locust post birdhouse
Peonies and Iris
White rose (old)
Red Rose (old)
I have two of these in the yard and I can cut them back to a foot tall and by June they’re back full of green, pink and white. It’s so pretty and covers the ground at the yard entrance with rose petals all summer.
This year is going to be a little different in the garden. We still have so much left in the freezer and cellar so we’ve decided to cut back. I didn’t start up the greenhouse this year and instead have just planted a few of the things that we’ll eat as it comes in. I’ve planted some tomato, cucumber, cabbage, squash, cantaloupe and watermelon for the garden and have several of my herbs in cups.
Two varieties of cabbage and squash
Four varieties of tomato
I haven’t started my periennial flowers yet but think I have plenty of time for that. I also like to put some directly in the ground. It will be late May before we can safely put anything in the garden. My rhubarb is up and doing better than it did last year but it’s new and will take a couple years to get established. I started it these huge tractor tires and I need to work some manure into the dirt soon.
I also started some garlic in a tire last year and I haven’t pulled any of it yet. The stems are greening up and hopefully they’ll do as well as the rhubarb is. I was very afraid the moles and voles would eat up both but it doesn’t look like it so far.
I read on someone’s blog and on Pinterest that if you buy celery in the store and cut the root end off and place it in a cup of dirt that it would grow!! Believe me it works and I can’t wait until this gets big enough to eat.
One plant is one month old and the other is about two weeks old. I use a lot of celery when I cook and a lot of onions.
I have a very special friend that heard my plea for a purple and green shamrock and she came through for me. Here’s the plant she gave me along with some that I found at Food Lion around St. Patricks Day.
Green and purple shamrock
Gardening time is just around the corner and I still have to clean up the yard and clear out the flower beds. There I go again wishing my life away!! Happy gardening everyone.