What have you been doing in your garden this week? I’ve been busy doing all sorts of jobs and having fun playing in the dirt. I was so eager to get out there working I forgot one of my favourite tips for gardeners. I’ll share it at the end of this post.
Exciting news … the daffodils are blooming!
The green shoots with the yellow tips have been poking through the ground for awhile now. These are in a north facing garden so they are always a week or so later to bloom.
The bulbs are surrounded by a tall black obelisk.
This variety is ice follies and were first planted in this spot in 2004. I started out with 5 bulbs and you can see they have multiplied over the years.
I have a few other varieties of daffodils but they aren’t blooming yet.
It has been a gorgeous week to work in the garden. We got some more breeze blocks to add to the edging around the windmill garden. I’ve been filling the spaces with dirt and adding some herbs. Creating an herb garden was towards the top of my list to do this spring.
It is still a work in progress and right now it doesn’t look that impressive, but once the plants start to grow and fill in you will hardly see the breeze blocks at all. That space will be filled in with another green pot. But right now it is planted up with annual herbs and inside but when all danger of frost is past it will fill in that spot. Eventually I’d love fill this garden in and make it raised a bit. That will be an ongoing project this summer. Other plants in there are daylilies, bee balm, coreopsis, heliopsis, yellow loosestrife, iris and a few more. The blocks in the left are getting planted with herbs, the ones in the front and back are planted with sedum kamtschaticum. I’ve still got another side to fill in.
Each year I focus on one of the garden areas. This year I’ll be following the windmill garden to track the progress.
One of my sections at the bottom of the garden journal this year is the ‘trowel and error’ area. I added it because not all things that go on in the garden are successful but I tend to only show the good photos of the successes. Last week I added the yucca with a question mark as it is looking very poorly right now and I don’t know if it will survive.
I’ve got two things to add this week. The first is the birdcage planter I created last year. It looked so poorly after the winter I decided to pull it all apart and will start again.
The second is the dill that I started from seed about mid April. They got very tall and floppy probably because of not enough sun or light or maybe too much water. I’ve got more seed so I’ll replant them in a few days and hope for better results. I have brought the plant pots out into the kitchen to see if they pick up a bit but I don’t hold out much hope for them.
And here is that tip to do before working in the garden. Push your fingernails into a bar of soap and get the soap stuck under your nails. If you don’t this is what your nails will look like.
Poking through: sedum, obedient plant, beebalm, hosta, coreopsis, purple coneflower,
Showing growth: stonecrop red carpet, stringy stonecrop, Egyptian Walking Onions, tulips, rhubarb, daffodils, clematis, feverfew, chives, peonies, hosta, bleeding heart,stella d’oro daylilies, daylilies, daffodils, solomon seal, lily of the valley, drumstick alliums, ribbon grass, iris,
Leaves and Buds: lilacs, honeysuckle shrub and vine, daffodils, bugle weed,
Planting outside: peas, beetroot
Sprouting Outside: beetroot
Blooming: daffodils, violets, pansies
Transplanting to herb border: oregano, garlic chives, egyptian walking onions, feverfew,
Planting inside: elephant ears, Peruvian Daffodils, 4 o’clocks,
Sprouting Inside: sage, incarvila, canna.
Trowel & Error: yucca?, birdcage planter, dill