Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

Moving Through June

Waiting for the marigolds to take hold.
Looking west in the lower garden. The perennial geranium looks great against the white dome hydrangeas.
Looking east in the Secret Garden. I’m loving the Red Dragon laceleaf maple.
The northwest part of the Secret Garden.
Another view of the eastern path in the Secret Garden, this time showing the little rose campion that a neighbor gave me years ago.
Behind the garage in the Secret Garden. You’d never know I thinned those hostas.
Looking north in the lower garden. This is more of the rose campion that a neighbor gave me. The pigmy barberries have been moved a number of times, but they have thrived here for several years. The color adds a nice contrast.

Like so many others, I’m seeing so many earlier-than-usual blooms.  The hydrangeas are at least two weeks ahead of schedule.  And, the day lilies are budding.  They usually don’t come on until July.  I’m wondering what August is going to be like if everything is ahead of schedule.  I’m glad I’ve planted a lot of marigolds.

My annual garden party and recital is coming up on the 16th and the gardens should be in good shape.  The guys came and spread the shredded bark, and that always makes the gardens pop.  I removed six caryopteris bushes and that has helped de-clutter three beds.  I love caryopteris, but they love my soil and were just too big.  They’ve been given new homes. I also removed three David Austin roses, and Rhapsody in Blue.  They already had black spot and looked scraggly.  It was time to admit they just weren’t ever going to thrive.

But gardening is a lot like writing.  There are endless opportunities to revise.

Today was the 5th week I’ve set up at the Fulton Street Farmers Market.  The weather was wonderful, I sold out of most of the cookies, and I even sold a hosta.

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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