Today was the last day till autumn to see the garden from my window without the screen in. From now on, window view photos will have the screen in the way.
I had that list of things to accomplish that I had formulated last night, starting with trimming some penstemons.
Above, you can see on the other side of the fence that crab season is over and the neighbouring gear shed owners have stacked up their pots. The pots will sit there looking picturesque for awhile, and then will probably get covered with a big tarp.
Below: The horsetail is popping up throughout the back yard garden beds but I knew I would have little time to deal with it today. Such a disappointment it was when it appeared.
It had been lurking in the well mowed lawn all along, showing no sign until garden beds were made.
In edible news: I got the last of the sweet peas planted, and some snow and sugar peas, and even a bit of mesclun ‘Festive Mix’. I even have some garlic coming up; I had no place prepared for it when my friend Nancy gave me some last fall, so planted it in containers.
Maybe next fall I will actually get a place in the ground prepared in time. I do have some edible gardening ideas…thwarted by lack of time.
Back to ornamentals: My latest plant table (scavenged from a free pile from a nieghbour’s sidewalk) is looking good:
And in a pot of hostas, given me by a friend who had to move away for health reasons, I see vigorous sprouts:
The tulips are almost ready to bloom in the garden boat.
I got the last of the poppy seeds planted, Sluggo put around, and eight more buckets of little jewelweed (touch me not, wild impatiens) removed.
I am so glad that Allan purchased one of these spotted leaved red flowered trilliums (below). A big patch grew at Tootie Erickson’s garden in Seaview, but when she moved away and her house sold, the new owners tore down the house and built their new house right on top of the trillium patch! They did not even know it was there, I’m sure, because it was probably dormant at the time.
More plants in Allan’s garden:
In the rest of the front garden, it looks like my Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ might finally size up this year. It got enormous one year in my old garden (and then died in a cold winter).
Very exciting news: My Dicentra scandens is coming back. (That axe was stuck in there for Halloween decor and then forgotten.)
The area where I cleared out a great deal of jewelweed and shotweed looks so much better:
Allan, being his usual industrious self, mowed and edged the lawn, put in two hours of work up on Discovery Heights cutting back some ornamental grasses that we had not yet gotten to, and finished making a gate between our fence and the neighbour’s cottage, made of old shutters. Their cottage, built before setback rules, is a short distance from our property line, so at both ends Allan has made gates that swing over to meet the cottage corner. This will enable the nice neighbours to come through to work on the siding or wash their windows, meanwhile keeping the deer out.
This corridor runs between the cottage and our shed.
How very nice! He even had some black paint to tone with their cottage. I stuck my camera over the fence to see if it looks nice from their side…and it does.
I had my eye on one more project: pruning the water sprouts out of the old ornamental plum tree:
It will be a satisying project. I hired someone to do it once (mainly to be nice because I was momentarily flush and he needed work), and he took out exactly the opposite of what I would have, and left the straight up new branches which are the ones I think should come out. Last year, Allan worked on it some and I like the shape very much now, but those straight uppy branches will be trouble later if we don’t get them while they are smallish. Perhaps in a week we will have another day off….
Allan asked if I felt rested after our day off, and I had to admit no, not physically. Nor did he. Winter is for rest. Now it is garden season. Better than rested, I felt a sense of accomplishment, especially because I also got the monthly billing done.