Garden troubles? You think you've got garden troubles? If you've got garden troubles, pull up a chair, grab a tall glass of iced tea and let me tell you all about my troubles and then you can tell me all about yours. Misery loves company and a good gripe session. First of all, I was doing some deadheading and weeding in Plopper's Field, my perennial border where I just plop plants in wherever there is a blank spot and hope for the best. I pulled a weed out of the way of this phlox and … [Read more...] about Garden Troubles? You think you’ve got garden troubles?
With temperatures barely reaching 60ºF after much warmer days the week before, I suppose you could call yesterday our dogwood winter. That's what the old timers call a cold day in the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom. Since I just called it that, does that mean I'm an old timer? Perhaps. Regardless, it was a chilly day. I did go out long enough to find a clematis in bloom. I don't remember seeing clematis in bloom this early before this year, but there it was. I … [Read more...] about This Spring Weather is Not Going to Rush Me!
I've decided to establish the I Love Dandelions Society. What are the society's goals? To encourage the use of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a suitable and highly desired ground cover for flower borders and vegetable garden beds. To promote the beauty of dandelions that grow up through sidewalk cracks or establish themselves in the middle of perennial flowers. To support those gardeners whose garden paths are overgrown with dandelions from one end to the other. To embolden those … [Read more...] about The I Love Dandelions Society Established 2017
The redbud in this picture is a weed. This has been a marvelous growing season for weeds, has it not? I feel like I can't turn my back on a flower border or vegetable garden bed for more than two seconds before a new weed seed germinates. There are weeds everywhere. I clear out weeds in the morning and by nightfall they are back, and it seems as though they've brought their friends with them. I look for weeds, find none, but the very next day, there is a weed in the spot where I looked … [Read more...] about My Methods of Weed Control
I know why there are weeds in the garden... To remind me... ...To be thankful I can kneel in the garden and then stand back up without pain. ...To be thankful I can grip with my hands, ....To be grateful I have the eyesight to see the weeds, ...To be grateful I have the knowledge to know the difference between weeds and flowers, ...To be thankful I can hear the bees buzzing in the garden while I weed, ...To be thankful I can reach for the furthest weeds without pain in my shoulders, To … [Read more...] about Why there are weeds in the garden
I also weeded in Ploppers' Field this weekend I started mowing as I always do. Next to the driveway by the bed which borders the part of the garage that was built for storage. I headed east a few paces, turned north and mowed next to the garage. There is, of course, a planted area next to the garage. I surely do not like it when people only plant a few shrubs in front of the house and then let the grass grow up to their house on the sides. Boring. The side of my house by … [Read more...] about Invisible Weeds