Seed Swaps

May 6, 2012--Great Garden Day

05 May 2012
Sunny 30°C / 86°F

~Started the day with a cup of coffee in the garden, gorging on dew-spangled strawberries. How’s that for a slice of heaven?

~Pulled up hyacinths. I loved them in spring, but now that the Roses garden has filled in, it’s clear how awkwardly placed they are. I plan to plant some new hyacinths come autumn, toward the back of the bed, where the spent foliage will be obscured by new growth.

~Sowed some more spinach. Confused at how poorly the spinach is faring this year. Carrots, too, are kind of meh.

~Invested in some tubs to house the extra tomatoes. Did I record the fact that I yanked the damaged Japanese Black Trifeles, and replaced them with the spares? Glad I had the back-up plants. Which is why I purchased the extra tub—if something else happens, I want my volunteers to be producing.

~Mulched! Isn’t it crazy how mulch makes things look so much tidier? And also improves the soil and suppresses weeds. A lot of bang for you buck. I luv mulch.

~Most everything from the plant sale made it into the ground that day (conveniently a full moon!), but I still need to plant: Chester blackberry (where do I want to put this…? Not sure I have room.), catnip, thyme and the hops. The hops are fun, but not sure where I want them to go. Twine leads up to patio roof? Twine leads to the bird-house pole I can’t seem to remove?

~In addition to pulling out the hyacinths, I also pulled out the remaining pink peonies, some of the spiderwort, one of the sunflowers, and a bunch of daylilies. I like how my garden looks when everything’s thought out (“curated”, I guess), so no more “Well, it MIGHT be okay if it spreads there.” In other words, no more Ms. Nice Gardener.

~Still undecided about the front of the house. It’s kind of awful up there compared to the back. I feel paralyzed when it comes to buying plants for that section.

~First lightening bugs have started flirting in the garden. Which means, summer is nigh.



Very productive day!

Posted on 07 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

Started with coffee and ended with lightening bugs! That sounds like a pretty darn good day!

Posted on 07 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

Wow! Strawberries already? And lightning bugs? You do get summer early where you live! We’re about a month away from both. :-)

We’ve had 50% success with spinach, so perhaps it’s just that kind of year. For us, it’s been the heat fluctuations – the heat slowed the growth of the borage, spinach, and peas & they only started taking off when the cool/rain began.

Can’t wait to see what you choose for the front!

Posted on 09 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

@ blurdom: Wow. Funny how much difference latitude makes. Technically, we’re on the same zone, I think.

Posted on 09 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

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