I’m going to start off with a little bragging. These old things? They just grow like weeds each spring and there’s no big secret behind them.
I’m going to take another year of wonderful delphiniums because history shows that this won’t always be the case. Actually they’re just one strong wind away from being decimated so let me show off while I can. They look great from a seated position on the front porch.
Actually I haven’t been as lazy as usual and the garden is showing some signs of attempted control. The delphiniums were staked at a decent time and are now shamelessly showboating, but there are plenty of other early summer workhorses and tiny treasures who are enjoying their rescue from the weed tsunami.
Oddly enough the potager benefited from a good amount of attention this past weekend as well, which is odd because usually this is one of the last spots to feel the love. The weeds were still plenty big when pulled, but a couple of the beds also received a nice top dressing of compost which should do wonders for the thin soil. As you can see there’s even less room for vegetables this season.
Rainy neglect did manage to take its toll on several areas, and a little work did go into providing triage for these plants. Phlox paniculata always has some complaint here and surprisingly I think it’s annoyed with all the rain we had. Here in one of the soggier beds we’re establishing some intensive care for all the powdery mildew and general stuntedness. That sounds promising but in reality all it amounts to is ripping out everything but the phlox and then shoveling some compost around and hoping for the best. I may be weeding and shoveling and finally getting a few things done, but I’m still far too lazy to spray anything.
I’m also far too lazy to deal with another budding problem. When the wall was built the fence between us and the industrial park was removed, and although I’m quite pleased we don’t have to look at the old chainlink, apparently it did provide a nice line of defense between us and the hordes of groundhogs on the other side. That’s gone now and the woodchucks just stroll right in whenever the mood strikes.
So as the manicured lawns of the industrial park pump out groundhogs and Canadian geese and my own garden struggles with weeds… and the gardener struggles with a relatively small pile of mulch in the driveway, I’ll continue to enjoy these first few blissful days of summer. A little mildew on the phlox is nothing compared to where things usually go so you can bet I’ll take this while it lasts. In the meantime here’s something from the latest obsession file, the first season of flowers on my “eyeshadow” iris 🙂
Hope Friday finds you well and here’s to a great weekend.
-and don’t forget… if you’re near the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA area, tomorrow is the big day for the Back Mountain Garden Tour! A day of touring local gardens starts promptly at 9am and all proceeds go towards supporting the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association. Hope to see you there 🙂