The garden is moving into its summer phase, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it.
Just a few weeks ago, I found these robin’s eggs in a nest out front, and I could not get anywhere near this tree without Mama Robin squawking and flapping her wings at me from the safe distance of the roof.
Then the babies hatched out one day.
And now they are gone. Sometime in the last few days, they learned to fly and have left their nest.
And when the baby robins left, they took with them all my excuses for not cleaning up the bed around this tree. So today I cleaned it all up and mulched it.
I didn’t redesign this bed as I had hoped to earlier in the spring when it seemed like there would be time to do everything. Instead I just cleaned up what was there and re-mulched.
Around the tree are some black-eyed susans, and over by the fothergilla are some large, bright yellow daylilies. Along the sidewalk, I’ve left the sedum and variegated liriope. And I’ve left the limemound spirea which all came back after I cut them down to the ground earlier this spring.
Now it’s time to move into “summer maintenance mode” in the garden. In between mowing the lawn, tending the vegetable garden, and keeping everything watered, along with occasionally pruning some shrubs and trees and weeding, there should be time to relax and enjoy it all.
Did anyone get everything done this spring that they intended to do , or had hoped to do?