I thought about not making a Bloom Day post this month. Right now I have the same things blooming that were blooming last month. So I decided to try to photograph my continuing orchids in a different way and happily there are a couple other things blooming too. Such as...
So if you are tired of looking at the same ole blooms or you live in an area that doesn't have any blooms at this time of year head over to Carol's May Dreams Gardens blog to see blooms from all over.
You can also share your blooms with us. I would love to see them.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
I have a couple of flowerbeds that I am going to revamp this year. While the ground is frozen I am trying to make a plan that will help with my remodel. This brings me to the photo files. I was surprised about how it all used to look. I thought those of you who have followed my blog the last 9 years might like to see what I started with back in 1996.
I got string, measuring tape plants and here was the second go at this bed.
I am not one that likes things too neat and tidy. I chose plants that would contrast and yet look like they should be there.
A single brick edge has kept this garden within bounds for quite a few years. Unfortunately the plants that were in here didn't like our winters despite being marked that they would survive.
That lovely jar weighs a lot. I put it away during winter. Over the years the center square of Boxwoood got so big I couldn't heft the jar in and out of the circle so I had to do something else in the center. I tried a tree in a planter. This tree didn't like it in the planter.
The remaining plants were actually beginning to almost come together. I was getting excited. Then we had the coldest longest winter in memory with lots of snow, Boxwoods did protest. All but a couple of them died. Arrgh... I was beginning to think I should give up on this odyssey. As simple as it is you would think I could make it grow.
In the picture above you can see the dead Boxwoods. You can also see a tray of geraniums sitting there to be planted someplace. In this photo you can also see how the garden on this side has changed with added beds. It has certainly filled in through the years.
Let us go back through this gate as it is today, or at least last April.
And yes, we do still need the fence as Princess Annie is bound to go wandering the neighborhood.
I realized as I was doing this post that I don't take many pictures of this part of the garden. As you can see I am trying the Box once again.
Those big strappy leaves are Naked Ladies that I thought I would like dancing around the circle but have started taking them out. This time I put a whole lot of compost and planted the tiny shrubs closer. Too close as some would say but I am tired of waiting.
If you want to take a closer look at anything you can click on the pictures to make them bigger. I hope you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane. I meant to do a more overall post but I kept going around and around here. I might get to it another time.
Try to stay warm out there.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Last month I did my ritual start of my garden journal. I often start my journal with a quote, drawing, some kind of inspiration for the garden. This year it was stamps and the word that FB gave me in one of those quizzes that you fill out for fun. Future was the word that came up for me. I thought that was appropriate since I retired the end of January and I have a 'no routine' future to look forward to. I usually end up with a few pages at the end of my garden journal that are empty. This year I hope to be busy enough to have all sorts of projects and observations to record here so I can fill it to the end pages. I have kept the same type of journal since 1996. So this will be quite the quest.
Jelena is starting some blooms but they are so low to the ground that you have to be flexible to get down there to catch a glimpse of them. I am tempted to cut off those stems and bring them inside. (Thank you Brenda for reminding me that this is Diane instead of Jelena.)
A couple of weeks ago when the snow began melting my mind started swirling with ideas. I have plenty of fodder for my new journal.
The past couple of days have been nice winter days. Any day during winter when the temperatures are in the upper 40s or 50s I just have to get out and do something in the garden. I did some trimming of some shrubs, cut back the perennials along the west walk. It looks better along that area of the garden. It really needed cutting back because you couldn't walk through that part of the walk without bushing up against half rotten stems. EEEwwwww. Even the meter reader will appreciate this effort.