Wednesday, February 18, 2009
OMG what a job!!I spent about three hours over the last 2 days cutting, clipping and pruning everything in sight in the back yard! Many things show hints of life - don't think I will loose as many plants as I first thought! I am certain there will be many things that are going to be lost, but I am encouraged as I walk the paths, and start to get into the beds, that I will have a good many plants to salvage!! I cut back my 3 Crinkled White Peonies today....looking good! Many of my Helianthemums look like they are just very dormant, not dead - they got a severe haircut! Nepeta 'Walkers Low' may be alive - impossible to tell until spring. Some of the white cape fuschias (P. Snow Queen) are really looking rough, but may be OK - perennials are amazing plants! I found about 10 Penstemon alive and HUGE!! cut back severely, into woody "trunks" but have had them do fine with this treatment, actually makes them revived and bounce back vital and w/ increased bloom! Margarita BOP was a sprawling mess...will see how it does, may need new one! More after pruning session tomorrow!! Pic is of area I worked in today - as it was 3 yrs ago at planting time!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Front yard beds and roses.......I spent the day whipping the front yard beds and esp the roses back in shape! The weeding is easy because the soil is so moist and all the compost over the years really pays off at weeding time ;) My laptop died - buying a new one tomorrow, and having it set up and added to wireless network on Tues. Will add pics and a lot more detailed update of what I found working these beds after a year - typing all this on my cell phone is a pain!! Off to p/u all debris, then a warm bath. I am sooo sore... LOL :>}
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Reclaiming my garden!!I was unable to set foot in the garden in 2008 - one whole entire year so devastating, and with so many family tragedies,coupled with health crises (and near misses) that I was barely able to keep my job, and be there for the kiddos, let alone try to work through all the emotions involved in such devastating losses! My garden which use to be my sanctuary, my pride and joy, the thing in my life that fed my soul - it became a burden I was not able to deal with. Knowing I would be able to come back when ready, I had to close the door on the garden for a season, to tend to the issues at hand. 2 weeks ago I took a HUGE cup of coffee, a notebook, and my digital camera and steeled myself to go assess the situation and start the Grand Reclamation of my "Dream Garden" (which is kind of a nightmare right now!! It is a sad sight. I lost plants, some of which I loved and will be hard if not impossible to replace!! I gained weeds some of which are HUGE.and will be a thrill to yank out of there! I have work to do on the water feature. And maintenance on the paths. Many of the solar lights and lanterns I had throughput the garden need batteries and/or bulbs. A big section of my large Acer palmatum died, but not the whole tree - puzzled over that one a while. Not sure how to ever get it not to be a lop-sided mess, but I am sure gonna try!! My gazebo was lost in a record setting, hurricane force wind storm early on, and I really miss it! Not sure what to replace it with so that it isn't lost the same way again - but will think of something!! The central area that had splinterless bark, container plants, lounge chairs, hammock, fire pit etc is one HUGE weed patch with very little bark left. It either composted right in to the ground, or washed away...?? Don't know, but I will clear that out first so I have a staging area to use for the rest of the project for tools, supplies, plants, etc....I want to rush out and buy plants of all kinds after missing one whole growing season, but other than a couple co-ops on DG and a super sale on roses where I bought 6, I will clear out beds and borders, weed them compost them, dig and divide overgrown perennials, prune and shape overgrown shrubs, see what does come up this spring, and what doesn't - then I will order a bunch of new, neat stuff as a reward for a HUGE job well done.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Reclaiming my formerly beautiful, wonderful, amazing DREAM GARDEN!!!I just spent about an hour in my backyard garden -- and have to say i am devastated by the condition! Devastated and heart-sick! I knew it would be bad, but hadn't really allowedmyself to think too much about it. I know i couldn't have done anything last year, but it is still truly heart-breaking to see what happens to a garden in just one season without loving care. it will take the entire gardening season this year to put this to rights, and with very little extra money these days i will be doing it all myself, but it IS fixable! I made this oasis with these two hands, so I can re-make it! The stuff i hired done won't need to be re-done (removing sod, laying pathways, putting down stone) so this is basically the biggest yard clean-up, spring weeding, pruning, and mulching i have ever seen, but it is doable!! And once the beds are cleaned up, pruned and tidied, compost and organics amended to the poor soil, then I can see what survives and comes up this spring, and remove what isn't still living. I said i wanted some room to grow stuff not tried yet, so i will see this as an oppurtunity to grow new stuff, and replace any i really have to have (the gorgeous Viburnum that looks dead - not just dormant!). my tastes have changed a lot in the last 5 yrs since i bought the house, maybe i should look on this as a good time to "remodel" the garden... :) I am off to get new pruners, organic plant food, heavy duty black bags for the masses of stuff to get rid of, and new batteries for the digital camera so I can document the taking back of my favorite piece of land!! :)
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