So, it’s been a while. Lots of new stuff happening, some crap, some surprising, some awesome. Got a good chunk of prettifying done before the drizzle began today.
First, here’s the crap news:
Also, dumbly didn’t take a photo, but I have a bin nearly full of violets that I dug up from proper flower beds.
There’s also good news! I forgot about this plant:
Also? I went shopping! Hit up Canadian Tire and Loblaws this morning to buy some already-blooming and other awesome plants as well as a proper spade and a rake.
Included in the plant mix are pansies, geraniums, daisies, wild thyme, a hosta, cucumbers (!!!!), and lavender. I also bought a hanging basket for the back porch.
I also planted the two planters that live on the porch all summer. We share planting duties with our neighbour, normally, but she’s done it the last two years. I didn’t consult, so I hope she’s okay with my choices (she never consults with us either). Regardless of who takes care of it, spikes and geraniums are always involved.
About ten years ago, I had a traumatic incident with lavender. A bottle of essential oil exploded in my backpack while I was traipsing around Scotland for a couple of months. Everything reeked of it the whole summer and I vowed never to touch the stuff again. I guess I lied, because I am super keen on having this on my porch:
And cucumbers should be ready by the end of June!
Finally, speaking of vegetables, my tomatoes are still doing quite well, though my leeks seem to have dried out entirely.
More work tomorrow. The garden box isn’t ready yet for lack of the right size of Robertson screwdriver. Doh! There’s now an area cleared for it, though. I also started some pumpkin seeds, but they haven’t sprouted yet and are therefore not very interesting to look at.
I’m getting much more excited now that there is colour in my garden. Fingers crossed that the daffodils or tulips will develop bulbs soon; all my neighbours’ are already in full bloom.
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The plant you think might be little roses is called Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis). It’s a shade-loving groundcover. Other good ones that would look great in your rock garden are Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Columbines (Aquilegia spp.), Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) and Sweet Woodruff (Gallium odoratum). Hostas are good too (you have one coming up in that bed around the tree by where the asshole squirrels ate your bulbs). For the lawn in the backyard, have you thought about overseeding with white clover? It’s pretty shade tolerant, doesn’t mind clay, doesn’t grow very tall, and would get you some green out there.
Kate: I think you might be right on the Lungwort (isn’t that a great name?). There are hostas in the front and back yard; I bought another yesterday called ‘Stained Glass’. I just need to figure out where to put it. Also, there’s a tiny patch of Sweet Woodruff (I know because the tag has survived three winters) in the back yard. Hurrah!
White clover would be amazing. I will investigate this. I am letting the violets do their thing in that big area in the backyard (I’m posting more photos tonight, I think) and just yanking them out of the beds. I don’t think a full cull will ever be possible without a team of full-time employees.
Chelsea: Good luck with the seed starting! I have lost so many already because finding the balance between humid and flooded has been more difficult than I imagined. So fun to grow things from scratch, though.
It looks great! I’ve done some seeds and some starts too. It’s hard to do everything from seed. I think I’ll be getting tomato starts soon, but I’m allergic to them too! Piotr and the neighbors will eat them. I’m hoping to pawn off extra veg on all the neighbors when the time comes.
Keep up the good work!