Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Current state of gardens

Here we go. I spent the afternoon clearing the back yard of goutweed... it was all through the bed on the right side of the image. Required a lot of care to try to pull all the stolons without killing the daffodils (so few of them are in bloom that I'd like to enjoy them this one last time before I yank them in a couple of weeks).

When I get the astilbes, ferns, and hostas from Vesey's, I'll be filling things in. I'm also going to get a few plants from East End Gardens.

There are three roses in this yard, and I'm not sure if they've really survived winter. I'll give them a couple of weeks to prove themselves. If they've survived, I'll move them to the front garden. If not... well, compost time.

It looks like some of the roses in the front garden are also a bit slow or haven't made it. I'll have to give them some time to see how they do:

There's a clump of grass growing in the lavender bed that I have to get rid of, and some perennials that materialized from nowhere in the raised bed that I'm not fond of and am thinking of destroying. Going to get rid of the pots of sedum (plant the sedum in the back yard). Might ditch the two half-barrels: after 14 years, they're looking more than a little tired. The alliums should be flowering within a few weeks, by the looks of it.  What an early spring!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shade plants ordered!

Just went on Veseys' website and placed an order for

  • 10 hostas
  • 10 astilbes
  • 2 bleeding hearts
  • 10 ferns

for my shady backyard.
I'm also buying 3 blue sea holly for the front garden: the blue will be a nice cool contrast to all the warm colors of the roses. I thought of buying some foxgloves, too, but I think I prefer the foxgloves at East End Garden Centre, so I've got to hop on my bike and make a trip over there.

I've reconciled myself to pulling up the daffodils in the back yard: I've got lots of greenery, but only 4 flowers this year, and because there are so many of them, it's difficult to (a) plant around them (b) get rid of the goutweed that has spread among them.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Springtime 2010

It's so early in the season, and yet, gardening is based on what the plants are doing, not what the calendar shows. The forsythia two yards away is yellow and almost in full bloom!

I've got most of the front garden cleaned up, all the roses and shrubs pruned, and started pruning in the back today. I'll take pictures once I've got them both all cleaned up.

One of my first tasks after that will be to move three of the roses to the front garden: it's getting too shady in the back. I need to get some more shade-loving plants, like hostas, ferns, and astilbe (after I kill all the goutweed).