17 May 2010

My Garden

In mid-summer, we'll have lived in our house for six years, and I'm finally feeling like the garden is coming into its own.

I spent yesterday morning happily puttering around, rearranging the shrubbery, as it were. I was tired of looking at bare dirt under the blueberries, so I dug up some woodruff from under a boxwood, and tucked it in under my blueberries. I then hacked up a couple of clumps of liriope, and edged the berry bed with it.

From one small pot of white forget-me-not, I've now got a hillside - forget-me-not living up to its name - so I moved a clump into a pot and gave it to my mother-in-law. I also gave her an alchemilla that had self-seeded in a crack in the corner of the stone steps. The alchemilla might not make it, but I couldn't just pull it out and toss it in the compost. In turn, she gave me a baby spirea with pink flowers and yellowish foliage that she'd found under her big one. I don't know what variety it is, but I think I'll stick it in the privet hedge that borders the neighbor's driveway. I hate that hedge, and I am desperately trying to turn into a mixed hedgerow because the privet is both boring and labor-intensive. I have, thankfully, trained the neighbor to not clip the privet with the help of strings staked alongside; the ensuing straight lines made me twitchy.

There's a bed in the front of the house that got planted out a few weeks ago, mostly with stuff I bought by mail order. I'm a sucker for Bluestone Perennials; they sell tiny perennials in cheap three packs and even though I lose a fair share of them, I keep going back for more. Since I planted that front bed, and drew a little picture to remember what's what, I keep adding and moving. The poor little things are like pawns on a chessboard getting shoved hither and yon, and my little drawing is increasingly hard to read.

I'm also trying to beautify the wooded lot across the street - it's owned by the town, and completely unmaintained. So, every time I dig out more wild tawny daylilies or the gooseneck loosestrife that's meandering over from the other neighbor's house, I tuck it in across the way and hope it takes off. Since they both tend towards the invasive, I'm hoping for a riot of flowers uphill.

And, because I like to cook too, I like that the garden provides bits for the kitchen. Over the weekend, I made a rhubarb pie-cake (it was called a cake, but it was more like a pie, and while it was fine, I don't think I'd make it again), and two rhubarb upside-down cakes to give away. And snips from the chives and the Egyptian onions found their way into a beet-quinoa-grapefruit salad.

What's growing in your garden?

15 comments:

Sarah said...

not much. wanna come help me?

Kelly said...

Weeds. The rain is drowning everything but the dandelions.

Harriet said...

I wrote about that yesterday. And I adore Bluestone. Amazing service and beautiful plants.

Life As I Know It said...

I want to see pictures! I love seeing other people's gardens.
I'm waiting for my peonies to finally bloom this year. We dug them up from my parents' field a few years ago and I think this is the year they will bloom. I can't wait to see what color they are.

Furrow said...

I was hoping for pictures, too. There is way too much growing in my garden right now. Columbine fights for spreading rights with purple coneflower, coreopsis, and irises. I'm not sure who's going to win, but it's a full on gang brawl right now. I also have trees trying to share the same spots. Can't decide whether to leave the spicebush that I planted years ago or the juniper that moved in on its on. I have a history of letting volunteer trees get half grown and then deciding to murder them in the prime of adolescence.

Imperatrix said...

Man, we need more sweet woodruff, I wish I could get some from you! The lilies of the valley are done. Right now it's the irises turn. Our rhubarb is picking up, and the gooseberries just need some ripening (I think the currants will do well, too.

The allium is lasting *forever*, and we have chives in the backyard for eating, but the chives in the frontyard are for flowering (and flower they are). Such a lovely color.

Daylilies are the plant of Satan. I've been recovering yard from daylilies since we moved in (10 years ago this summer). Blech.

RuthWells said...

Roses are going wild and we started picking strawberries on Saturday -- about a quart between Saturday and Sunday. Yum!

RuthWells said...

Roses are going wild and we started picking strawberries on Saturday -- about a quart between Saturday and Sunday. Yum!

FreshHell said...

Lots. I posted a diagram of the vegetable garden on my blog over the weekend. The front is in full bloom - foxglove, lantana, petunias, pinks, roses. Irises are done. The mock orange bush is flowering, too.

heidi said...

Roses, onion grass & heliotrope.
You always amaze me with your shrubbery movery.
xoh

Gwen said...

I'm terrible with plants. It sounds like you have quite the green thumb and I'm jealous. And how sweet of you to beautify public property!

modernemama said...

hostas, hostas and more hostas - I'm thinking of naming the house Hostaville

The Library Lady said...

Which one? :D

My library garden has marigolds planted out and is waiting for sunflowers. The buddeleia I put in last year has grown hugely, the mallow,milkweed and rudbekia have returned and my snapdragons apparently self seeded and some big red/purple ones are blooming.

Then there's the border outside my house and my veggie garden and the backyard........

mayberry said...

I'm waiting for my peonies too. And I have some rosebushes going gangbusters and a few looking totally sad and tiny. We haven't done our planters (around the back patio) yet--still too cold. As for veggies, I await the CSA share!

bipolarlawyercook said...

Rhubarb. Mmm. I need to buy some this weekend and make my grandmother's pie.