Apr. 30th, 2007

gardening

Apr. 30th, 2007 08:17 am
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I'm on vacation this week (yay!) and the weather is perfect for gardening.

The dying maple tree on the south lawn has been removed, and I'm waiting for the landscaper to come back with a plan for that area. All the grass will go, and the old junipers, to be replaced with a variety of trees, shrubs, and shrubby perennials. When we did the front yard two years ago, I had a year to design the plantings, hire a landscaper to do the prep work, then buy the plants and install them with Larry's help. This time it's happening too fast - I gave the landscape designer general ideas, but not a specific plan. I'll see her design on Friday.

On Sunday I removed some old Russian sage in the back garden, moved the Goat's beard, one daylily, and the meadow rue. Planted some Raspberry Wine bee balm. Filled the bird and chipmunk feeders. Pruned the service berry bush, which is becoming more like a multi-trunked tree every year.

There are a few daffodils and tulips in bloom, survivors of the week of freezes followed by the heavy snow. Grape hyacinth are blooming, and the Korean spice viburnum is putting on a nice show this year.

Most of my plants survived the weird winter and spring. Some things are starting slow this year, and a few things have yet to make an appearance. I think some of the tiarellas and variegated polemons didn't make it. Don't know about the toad lilies yet.

More plants to move today - cimicifuga, golden tiara hostas. Then fertilizing, general cleanup, and weeding.

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