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So last year I bought a small tree peony start...I know it can take some time before they bloom, but this year I was rewarded with my first flower. It was a purchase that is more than I would normally spend, but I think from the first flower that it has been worth it.
It is about 6 inches across and I had to stake it up, because it is so big and heavy on the little plant.
I planted it on the front corner of the property, next to the driveway, so it greets people as they come to the house. I can hardly wait for the plant to get bigger and produce more flowers.
I will be adding more pictures tomorrow. I have some taken but not downloaded to the site yet...there are so many things coming into bloom. The garden is starting to fill in, except for the areas which have dahlias, they haven't started to come up yet, and the impatient gardener in me hates the holes and I wish I could hurry them up a little. My husband was laughing at me last night when I said that.
Hope everyone has a great day enjoying their garden!
So yesterday I decided that I wanted more garden, so I took over the lawn that had been next to the stream I redid. I put now weed barrier, and I just need to convince the hubby to put in edging so I can add the rock. Since the area is next to the stream is really is just too soft to be lawn, and makes a much better bog garden.
I even did a trip to my favorite nursery to pick up a comple of accent plants.
So once it is done there will be more pictures....
One of these days I might just get crazy and take my hubby up on taking over the front yard. Although that project is a little much, since he wants to create a nice patio space in the middle of what will be the garden. In order to do that, new drainage has to be dug and lots of grass needs to be taken up.
Although maybe someday...for now, just stealing patches here and there.
Wow how time flies in the garden. The weather was wonderful this weekend and the dog and I spent the whole time outside. I fertilized last week and I had picked the weeds I could see before I did it, but the baby weeds must have liked the fertilizer more than my plants. I went out this weekend and there were just tons of weeds and some were just huge.
So I don't put weeds into my compost bin, I know it gets hot, but I just don't trust it, and fankly I don't need the weeds anyway. So I have a 96 gallon compost bin from the garbage guys. I filled half of it this weekend with weeds, and that way only from the back yard. I need to get the pile from the garden in there and do a round through the front yard.
Most of it is horsetail and morning glory. I know a lot of people plant morning glory, but this stuff grows along the neighbors ivy, and then crawls its way down the hill into my yard choking all my plants. So between the ivy and the morning glory it is a full time job keeping them contained.
There are so many more things blooming, I need to take the camera out today and get new pictures. Yesterday my brother was out taking pictures of the flowers. He is a professional photographer and he was doing high end shots. Once we get them uploaded to his website I will get you all the link, as it will be too difficult to look at them all on this site.
The evening grosbecks have moved on, and now I am sure they are eating someone else out of house and home. I had probably 18-25 pair here. It was quite the site to see the feeders just full of birds. I really need to get a camera with better zoom, because the picture I took were terrible. Now I only have a backheaded grosbeck pair left. I have also had a regular visit from an immature anna female, an immature male and a mature male. The mature male is just so striking.
Well I suppose it is time to get out there and work. Hope everyone has a great day in their garden.
After looking at quite a few dogs, we have decided on a new family member. His name is Louie and he is a Cane Corso Mastiff.
He is a rescue from British Columbia, Canada and he is about 18 months they think and currently about 100lbs. As you can see he is a cute big boy.
So far so good with the cats, and he did bark at the squirrels. Hopefully now the chickens will stay away.
Well after the weird sky last night it down poured and now we have a bright blue sky this morning. Really the sky looked worse than the storm really was. There was some thunder and lightning, nothing close to us, and really no wind. I figured with the green sky we would get hail, but nothing.
The sky really was a flashback to living in the midwest. We just don't get the weather here usually associated with sky that looks like that. The first year I lived here we didn't have a thunderstorm during the summer at all, I had to buy a CD of thunderstorms to make myself feel more at home. I think in the 12 years I have lived here we have only had 6-7 good strong summer storms.
Our strong storms are typically in the winter, that is when we get the rain and high winds.
Hopefully the storm doesn't turn into a monster as it goes across the country.
Hope everyone has a great day and enjoys their garden!
So I am sitting here relaxing and enjoying the sound of the rain on the skylight. I looked outside, because it seemed bright. Having grown up in Iowa I know when the sky changes color it can mean very bad things. Here we typically don't have really bad weather here in Washington.
Tonight they were talking thunderstorms and I believe it. The sky is a very strange green. If I was stil in Iowa I would be looking for tornado warnings and the basement. It is one of those skys that just makes you uneasy. For those of you who live in tornado and severe weather areas probably know the sky I am talking about.
It really is raining hard and so far the fix to the hillside is working, hopefully I won't wake up tomorrow with another washout.
Hope everyone had a great day in their gardens, and hopefully some of this rain will make it over the rockies to the midwest for my family and friends.
So when we moved into this house I decided I was going to get my hubby out in the garden with me. He had always enjoyed the garden in our old house, but he never came out with me. He likes to go plant shopping, so when we bought this house I started buying plants he thought were cool, so he would feel some attachment to them.
My husband's idea of a great plant might not be the same as mine. He gets fascinated by their names...so of course we have 2 plants named Marti Gras. He also likes things that are a little weird. He picked out the dragon's arm, which is striking while blooming, but it isn't anything I would have selected. Another one of his fascinations is Jack in the Pulpit. Well we have 4...the first one got snow damaged, but the other three are just now coming up and blooming. They are really very unique.
I do have to say planting the plants he liked really did get him hooked. He was out there almost as much as I was this spring checking on the babies to see if they survived.
I also have plants that I enjoy that I would have never picked myself. It really is a win win.
Here are a couple of my unique picks. This is my varigated columbine and camas.
And after completely giving up on it after three years of nothing, my Shooting Star finally came up and bloomed this year, I was lucky I didn't pull it thinking it was a weed.
So every day more and more flowers are blooming...so it is always a joy...hope everyone had a great day and enjoyed their garden!
Today was an absolute joy in the garden. The sun was out, the breeze was warm, and I got work done. I planted the plants I bought, did some weeding and scared my neighbor. Although really after 6 years he should know me by now.
He doesn't believe in growing anything that can't be eaten and he is more of an eco geek than I am, so no chemicals of any kind. Which works well for me, because I don't use toxins in the house or in the garden. He doesn't grow anything he can't eat. Last year he finally gave his wife a small part of the garden for some flowers. I keep telling him flowers are great, they attract beneficial insets, and there are some you can eat.
He likes coming over to see what I have going on, and this morning was no exception. My organic fertilizer mix is this nasty looking and smelling brown soup. The plants just love it, but I came around the corner of the house this morning and the neighbor was freaked out. He promptly wanted to know what I was doing, in a very concerned voice, to which I replied spraying organic fertilizer. Which got a nod of approval and I had to chuckle...
Hope everyone had a great day in the garden.
So I said in a previous blog that I was a plant addict. I have been trying to control the addition. I really have more plants than most people I know. I'm trying to limit the amount I spend on plants and how often I buy them. Well the addict needed a fix today. Although yesterday I went out an bought some discount plants from a couple of the local nurseries. A couple looked real bad, but time will heal all wounds.
I have been trying to be good...just free plants and discount plants. I spent $8 yesterday and got 6 plants (2 huecheras/coral bells, 2 rock roses, and 2 sedum ground covers). So I guess I really am an addict, since I rationalize that discount and
free plants don't count. The reason they don't count is with free and discount plants there
is often no immediate fix...they often look terrible and take a while
to bloom. They are a long term investment, which will be fun later.
Well...the sunshine warmed the breeze, which carried the whispers of fragrance and sweet promises of color and the addict was ready to go find a new pretty to add.
If only it was that romantic...really it was the ring of my cell phone and my girlfriend calling to see if I wanted to take her to my favorite nursery. I had told her about it, and she recently bought a house and wanted to go.
I couldn't possibly go with my friend for her first trip to the plant mecca without walking out with a plant of my own. What kind of friend would I be if I made her have all the fun? All I wanted was a plant that will give me instant gratification and joy, a plant that has been lovingly taken care of and it will spread the joy and add to the chorus of colors and textures of the garden.
Today's purchase was a little oxalis...well...I don't know if little and oxalis go in the same sentence, but since my garden is the hill in the back, I do buy ground cover and plants that have a good spreading root system for places to hold the hill together. It is the cutest little variegated with a dash of pink oxalis I have seen.
Well tomorrow will be a planting day...hope everyone enjoyed their garden today.
Since we moved in the stream and pond have bothered me, and we haven't had the money to redo it like we want. The flow is completely natural, but what the previous owners did, was not.
As you can see they had flagstone just laid across and it looked like a train wreck.
But after going crazy yesterday and pulling it all apart, I think I did a pretty good job with what I had. No money spent, although I cut two of my fingers on the flagstone and I smashed one finger between the flagstone and a rock, and typing is interesting tonight, but I think it is quite livable until we can do a complete redo. I do need to put weed barrier down and get some more little rocks.
The area to the right of the stream already has a couple of dragon's arms in it, which are just coming up, so I am going to put some plants in with them, maybe something that smells pretty, to offset the dragon's arms stink so bad. Although you really have to be close to smell it.
Now all I have to do is get some plants in there and it will be complete. Checked on the 4 salamanders today, and they are all good, from me picking them up and moving them yesterday. Nice little natural pest control.
While I was working today all the feeders were full of Evening Grosbecks. I think they must be migrating because there were about 24-36 birds. The feeders were full and there were more still in the trees. They are skiddish birds though. I couldn't get close enough to them to get a picture. My camera has a terrible zoom, so will have to steal my bothers camera if I want a picture of them.
Nothing like accomplishment at the end of the day...hope everyone had a great day and enjoyed their gardens!
So we have a natural stream that the previous owner made into a water feature.They did a terrible job, and it has always bothered me, but we haven't had the money, time or effort to rip it all out and start over.
On top of that I made the mistake of putting a cape fuchia next to it. I thought it would be perfect because the cape fuchia will take the water, because the stream seeps. Well did it ever like the water, and started to take over the world. It had been in for about 5 years, and every spring I cut it back to 4 inches, to control the size. This winter was really hard on plants and it died back to the ground. Since it was only alive in parts I took the oppertunity to remove it, and put sections in pots, to better control it.
Although the roots were everywhere, so yesterday, I decided to remove roots and well....I ended up removing most of the rocks in the stream, pulling up the pond liner and redoing half of everything.
Although I had to be very careful. When we moved in, we were told that there was a salamander living in the stream. We had seen it several times, and several years ago it had babies. Originally there were 8 and after some time there were only 4. I had cleaned the stream earlier this spring and only found 1. So I knew i had to be careful until I found the 1 and moved it. Well I did, and as I was dismantling the liner I found the other 3, happiness. They are now about 8-10 inches long.
So by the time my hubby got home yesterday, I was putting things back together, but since I changed things I now need more rock. So I will be hunting craigslist today to see if anyone is giving some away this weekend.
And my hubby was laughing at me so hard, because he could see where I started by just pulling roots and it ended up being a little crazy. Thankfully I am not paying the price for loosing my mind and feel good enough to go out in the garden today and get some more accomplished.
Yesterday when I was out weeding I noticed my first grosbeak. I saw the female black headed, and knew there was a male somewhere, but didn't see him. The juncos were singing to me the whole time I was out there. I also heard the pileated woodpecker and the red winged blackbird.
I saw a hummer, and usually I don't put up feeders because in years past, when I did they didn't use them, there was just too much natural stuff in the garden. This year stuff is so slow to come out, I put some up yesterday.
This morning I looked out the window to see birds everywhere, bewicks wrens, black capped and chestnut backed chickadees, sparrows, oregon juncos, steller's jay, robin, spotted towhee and both the male and female black headed and a male evening grosbeak. Every feeder had a couple of birds in it, except the one that had a squirrel and there were birds all over the ground. It is an amazing sight to see the ground moving.
Of course it is a great sight until the stupid european starling decides to come in as a swarm and chases everyone away. Not that they want to eat anything in the feeders. They just land walk around and fly away...so rude, such a pain. Every spring I fight with them trying to break into the house and build their nest and every year I win, and you would think they would go away, but they don't.
I see the goldfinches in the trees. I don't often get finches at my feeders, both of my neighbors behind me are up higher, their foundation starts about my roofline, and on their 2nd stories they have decks with feeders. They use the anti squirrel ones, which the smaller birds seem to like better. So I see the finches, but they don't visit me.
I noticed that the suet feeder is almost empty, need to refill, since we get pileated, downy, and hairy woodpeckers, red-breasted sapsucker, and the northern flicker.
It is raining this morning, but I plan to be out this afternoon, refilling feeders and doing some more weeding, which the juncos, towhee and robins love, they just love me distrubing the ground for them.
Hope everyone has a great day and enjoys their garden!
There are so many wonderful things getting ready to bloom. The weather is finally getting warmer, and we are having our normal, part day rain, part day sun weather. This is what spring is all about. A little moisture and some sun to encourage the growth of roots and plants.
I was out planting my free plants yesterday, marigolds (about 160 baby plants), impatients, begonias, and english daisy. I also potted my cape fuchia. They didn't handle the winter well, it killed them back to the ground, so it gave me the opportunity to remove the one next to the stream. They really go crazy with water, and it was just too crazy there. I love them, and so do the hummers, so in a pot it went.
I thought about watering after I planted, but the clouds looked like it was going to pour any minute when I was finishing, but it didn't. We aren't supposed to have any rain until tonight, so I am going to go out this morning and water.
When planting yesterday I checked the slug traps, there are several that are very full, so I need to take a bucket and empty them and put more beer in. I am seeing some of the plants that were heavily slug damaged looking a lot better.
Time to garden...hope everyone has a great day and enjoys their garden!
After a wonderful sunny weekend it is overcast and raining again today. Although never a bad thing in the spring, so all the newbies can get roots growing before the summer sun and drought. It seems every day the plants double in size and more and more have blooms.
We are supposed to have scattered showers most of the week, but hopefully we will have enough sun breaks that I can get out and do some weeding. The rain and sun not only makes the pretty plants grow, but also makes the weeds grow and they grow faster than the plants.
During our garden club's sale on Saturday we raised $700. We work with the Linda Lyons Foundation to redo the garden of someone recently diagonsed with cancer. This year our project is being done June 6. So the plants we didn't sell at the sale, along with some of the garden art will be used in the project garden. And of course with $700 we will be able to get a bunch of great stuff. And when the time comes we will all be taking wonderful things out of our gardens to share as well. I participated last year and I have to say it is so rewarding. I have always wanted to help out those who need it, and it is a really great opportunity.
Hope everyone has a great day and has a chance to enjoy their garden!
Composting has come up in a few blogs, and I meant to share my secret weapon, but I just hadn't gotten around to taking a picture. It is not as pretty as the flowers.
So last year I fell in love with a compost tumbler and of course it was $250. It was perfect for me, because in our neighborhood we have raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and various other rats, cats, and whatever else decides to crawl through in the dark of the night.
I didn't want to attract visitors, although I knew if I composted veggies and fruits it would reduce the number of animals, no meat or dairy. However I wanted to be safe. But I was not going to spend that much money, SO I showed it to my husband, and we figured out how to make it.
We went to Home Depot and they had 20 gal garbage cans which has the rolling carts that screwed on the bottom. This was very important, because I needed to cut a hole in the bottom of one can, so I could get things in and out, and had been having a hard time figuring out a door. The screw on cart for the bottom fixed that.
Here's a picture of the bin built.
So buy 2 garbage cans, I used 20 gallon, because that is the room I have, and I am glad I didn't go bigger, because it can get heavy to turn full.
Buy 1 of the rolling carts.
Take the first garbage can and make a hole on both sides towards the top to put the pipe through.
Then on the other can cut the center out of the bottom and cut the wheels off the cart, so the cart ends up being the screw on lid
The on the lip of both cans drill pilot holes for bolts to go through to attach the 2 cans together. The one thing we learned is we needed more bolts, once this compost is done we are adding more, because when it is full if you forget to turn it then it can start to sag.
Then you need to build a stand for it to sit on, make sure that you make it a little taller than you think, because you need room for it to turn. We ended up sitting ours on bocks because it tried to hit when we first turned it. My husband can weld so he welded one together, but you could also put it together with bolts. We used metal all found at Home Depot.
This cost me about $75 and an afternoon helping my husband.
I have had it for over a year now, as you can see by the rust, I always ment to spray it, but as soon as it went in, I started using it, and since it works, I forget the rust.
If you remember to turn it every day or every couple of days, it is hot composting. You will find when you open the top steam comes out, even in the dead of winter with snow on the ground. If you get the right mix of green and brown items it can take 4-8 weeks for compost. In the beginning it took me time to figure out the right blend, especially since I was using kitchen scraps. I found that I had tons of green, but not enough brown.
I don't use toxic chemicals in my house, and I use the Method wipes, they are flushable, but I found that if I put them in my compost bin, as well as kleenex, toliet paper rolls, paper towels and paper plates along with scraps I got the right mix.
Even though it is hot composting, I don't put weeds in the bin, I just can't afford weeds, but I break up small branches, leaves, sometimes grass, kitchen/household scraps,and shredded paper. I usually try to avoid putting meat and dairy in.
I have a screen to sift the compost, since I am constantly adding new items. I use a small shovel to pull the compost out, because I turn the bin sideways, that way I can pull it on the screen sitting on the wheel barrow.
I have been really pleased with the bin, it keeps the animals away, and has more than paid for itself.
So for those of you looking for a good way to compost here's an option. If you have any questions, I would be happy to help!
So the long awaited plant delivery came today. I got:
Sphaeralcea munroana/Orange Globe Mallow
Sisyrinchium striatum/Satin Flower
Potentilla "Ron McBeath"/Cinquefoil
I am still waiting on the reshipment of my reblooming daylilies, since when mine arrived they looked terrible and did not grow. They should be here the end of the week.
I knew I was off to the garden club plant sale today, then off to our friends for the first group BBQ of the season, so I planted them quick last night before it was too dark to see.
I also got a call from my dad last night...they set more free plants out at work...so of course he picked some up for me. From what I can remember it is impatients, marigolds, pansy and a few other things.So I will be picking those up tomorrow when I meet them for Mother's Day.
So I think I am done buying plants right now, until the dahlias come up, since most of the garden is full, and I planted a ton of dahlias and only have a vauge clue where they are, I tried to stick them where there were holes and I thought I had enough room. Oh...hold that thought...I do still have a hole in the wet part of the hillside. I had put drains in a couple of years ago and it had dried out, but the moles came and redirected the water, so I had to move plants, and now that area has room.
Although I have to complain, I was looking yesterday for a dark foliage plant that likes wet feet that doesn't get more than 24 inches tall and all the nursery sites I was on the main picture was of the flower and not the foliage, so I ended up not finding anything, because who wants to read the description of tons of plants to find the one with dark foliage. I guess it will be day shopping trip to local nuseries instead.
Once I find a plant for that area, I am on hold until the dahlias peek up. Then it will be quick damage control for the July garden tour. Pulling weeds, fertilizing, and last minute plant buying. Although I really think I should be in good shape, the hubby was out inspecting the plants with me last night and things are coming along nicely.
We did also find a cracked open egg, but it didn't have any runny goop around it, so we are hoping it was a successful baby bird. Based on side and location, and the time of the year, I would imagine it is a a baby Oregon Junco. They had been a flurry of activity in March/early April, and they incubate for 12-14 days, so hopefully they are having successful babies at this point.
Hope everyone gets to enjoy their gardens today, and if I am not on tomorrow, hope everyone has a great Mother's Day!
Thanks for all your wonderful comments on the garden from my last posting.
I guess I have never admitted how old I am...I am in my early 30s and since I decided to convert my weed patch into a garden I have learned so much. Loving flowers when I was a child is nothing like having a garden of your own.
Making the garden has been a real joy and a labor of love. All the time
making my husband crazy, because he has helped me move plants 2-5
times. In the beginning I had no idea what I was doing, I planted
things in the wrong places. Some plants were planted in the "right" spot
and didn't like it. Other plants ended up getting taller and bigger than the tag said. Or I just decided I wanted them somewhere else.
I am learning how to put plants in that have different textures, colors and visual interest. A lot of my plants flower, but they don't flower all the time, so it is important that they add to the garden even if they aren't blooming. I don't always get it right, I have planted plants thinking they are great together, and it ends up being a muddled mess and I have to start over. It really is trial and error, and sometimes happy accidents.
I was reading someones post this week and they were talking about how they didn't know the names of all their plants, but you learn when it comes up in the spring, when it blooms, and all the other features of the plant. I found that so true. It really isn't about the names of the plants, but how they add to the joy of the garden.
I think what helped me the most is knowing what I wanted my garden to be. I want the wildlife to be welcome, so I have tried hard to find plants which attact the butterflies, hummingbirds and other animals. I have learned to live with the damaged leaves because of the catipillars, knowing the joy of the butterflies to come.
Which reminds me of a story my grandfather told. He was teaching a master gardener class about plants for butterflies, a lady was really interested and he saw her several months later and he asked her how it was going. She was sad, she had no butterflies. After talking for a bit she admitted that she had sprayed the nasty bugs on the plants.He told her he knew why she didn't have butterflies..those nasty bugs eating your plants...they were your butterflies.
Hope everyone has a great day in their garden!
So I got the damage cleaned up from the storm. I got the mulch put back on the hill and the branches in the yard waste container for the garbage guy to pick up today.
While out there I found that my purple iris is looking good. Now by purple iris, I mean purple leaves. When I found this, I had never seen anything like it and it really is a treat to have in the garden. The new foliage is purple, and when it matures it does turn green.
I took some new pictures, because the azaleas are blooming and stand out in the garden. More and more stuff is getting bigger and starting to fill in the holes.
Here are a couple of the slug traps in the garden.
Hope everyone had a great day and was able to enjoy their garden!
So after a couple of rainy and windy days, I ventured out to the yard this afternoon. There was some blue sky and I needed to check the damage.
The neighbor to the north has crappy elm trees that just make a mess. We had the same trees, ours were splitting, and when the house was vacant before we bought it, two had fallen down on their own.
So when we moved in we took the remaining six down. We talked with the neighbor and they had 2-3 that were splitting and leaning and we asked them if they wanted them down, and they said no. I told them that it was their one choice, because once my garden went in they would not be able to use our lot to bring them down, and it would be VERY expensive. They still said no. This upset the other neighbors, because no one likes the trees.
So I go out, and there are about three dozen branches littering my garden and there are about six that are good sized. So tomorrow I will have to get the big pruner out and chop them up and put them in the yard waste. There are tons of branches in the other neighbors yards too...
While out inspecting the damage I found one section of my iris has buds on it. It is in a place that gets morning sun, that none of the rest get. The plants are about 5 inches taller than the rest too. The other plants up where the iris are seem to be bigger too...so I guess that extra couple of morning hours of light really makes a difference, because they all get the same mid-day and afternoon sun.
We are supposed to have some nice weather starting tomorrow, so I am going to take my camera and get some pictures of the new blooms to share.
Hope everyone has a great day enjoying their garden!
Since the rain continues I decided to bring in a pot, to "plant" my slug traps and take some pictures of the decorated tops.
For those that missed the story about the slug traps here you go...
Here in Western Washington the slugs outnumber people. In the past I have purchased the slug traps, but they are made out of plastic. They work great, and slugs really do like beer. They have saved me hundreds of dollars in lost plants. But after a season out in the sun, the plastic starts to get brittle and breaks. So I decided instead of wasting money every year buying the plastic ones, I was going to make my own. I needed some art in my yard, and using things I had around the house I could make them cheaper, repurpose things that were just taking up space and make cute killing stations. So it ends up being art for me, death for them, and I win both ways.
So the pot that holds the cup with the beer is "planted" in the ground and the only thing you will see is the plate and decoration on top. I currently have 5 in my yard and they are cute, and they work.
Here are some of my favorites, but there are more in my photo album.
I also made some that you can plant some plants in. I have teapot ones like this in my garden, but the rain is preventing me from taking pictures of them, so you can see what they look like with plants in them.
Some of these are going in my garden, some to the plant sale for our garden club on Saturday, and maybe some on a major website for sale. Everyone thinks they are cute and a great idea.
I am also working on making some solar. I found some solar yard lights I can take apart, and use. So that is the next step, is finding stuff at garage sales which will light up pretty.
Hope everyone enjoys.
So...during the last 24 hours the heavens have opened and the rain has come down. Now knowing that we were short on rain so far this year, I was happy it was going to give us some good rain. I had just put more plants in, so a good rain, was just what the doctor ordered.
HOWEVER...I did not request down pour after down pour. I hardly slept, knowing what I was going to wake up to.
The neighbor behind me, her house was built 10 years before mine and when they went to build my house, they didn't connect the drainage from her house and yard into mine. So the downspouts of her house drain under her retaining wall. We have found the pipe, but due to the retaining wall, we can't connect it. So we put in a drain near it, but when it rains hard, it washes out my hill. I have dug the area around the drain deeper and deeper and put more and more rocks in, trying to keep the water from washing out the hill.
Well the last time the hill washed out it took plants with it, so I worked very hard to try to prevent that. Well it worked kind of. In the rain this morning I went to investigate the damage. The channel down the hill was much closer to the path this time, and only went around 3 plants, better than before, but not ideal.
I did put in a bunch of ground cover to secure the hill, and it seems it helped.
So in the pouring rain this morning I was up cleaning out the drain and trying to build an even bigger barrier to make sure the water goes down the drain, instead of down the hill. Hopefully it will help, as they say it is supposed to keep raining through tomorrow.
The next nice day I will be out there taking the almost 2 cu ft of mulch out of the bog and putting it back on the hill. Frustrating, but aleast I didn't lose any plants.
But since it was raining I did spend the day working on the slug traps, the garden sale for charity is Saturday, and I am taking some, and I have places in the garden to put more. It was also suggested I sell some, which I am considering. I think tomorrow I might try to post some pcitures, there are some that are very cute.
Hope everyone is safe today, as the weather looks bad for a bunch of the country and if you can, enjoy your garden today!
So yesterday I went to the master gardener's plant sale...well you know you are a plant addict when you go and have a hard time finding things you DON'T have.
I met my hubby for lunch yesterday and he asked how it went and I told him I only bought 4 plants, and he asked me if I was feeling well...Well I tried, but there really wasn't much I didn't own. It is really bad when you walk around and look at hundreds of plants and you own them all, plus more.
I picked up a varigated plumaria, a peach jacobs ladder, blue flax, and a euphorbia, chamelon.
I was in line to check out and this nice lady was behind me with a couple of very well behaved kids. We were chatting in line, and I didn't really pay attention to what she was buying until we were about ready to pay.I found when going to the master gardener sales, that sometimes you really need to know what you are buying, because they don't always have signs telling you what stuff is, so she had purple loosestrife.I have purple, as well as green, and a varigated version. I said to her, you know that will just try to take over. She said that is what she was hoping for. I thought to myself, famous last words.
Several years ago when we first decided to takle the garden, we had so much space and plants are expensive, I wanted to get things that would just "take over". I have several plants most people would never have, I have the loosestrife, a chamelon plant, yarrow, lambs ear, anemones and others that have just taken over.
Now that I am a plant additct and I have spent years adding plants, I find myself dividing and giving away plants every year. Now is that a bad thing....no, but I do think back to the time when I just wanted to fill things in and wonder. Although I can tell you now, I am not a patient person, probably far from it.
So in addition to plant sales I went garage saling yesterday. I really think I did well. I got more decorations for the slug traps. Over the last few sunny days I have put several together, I probably have about 2 dozen or so done. Now the hard choice of which to sell on the plant sale or other places and which to put in my own garden. Some are easy, I have always been a tea drinker, and I have some with tea pots and the hubby doesn't object to them, so they will be mine. Also yesterday I found some blue bud vases that will fit my solar light. So I am off to buy more solar lights and make solar light slug traps.
Since the sun will be out today, I think I will be finishing more of them off and taking pictures.
Hope everyone has a chance to enjoy their garden today!
Oh...I am off to my first plant sale of the season. Off to see the goodies the local master gardeners have grown. I have gone to this sale for the last 2 years and it is always a good one. I have in my mind what I am looking for, but that doesn't mean I won't stray.
Although it is supposed to start raining soon. Although I think I am part plant, so it won't bother me, I am still going. I learn long ago to take a cart with me. I got some cute little collapsable ones from Staples, and they make the best plant sale carts.
So hope everyone has a great day and enjoys their garden!