It has been quite a while since I have updated the journal. For today I will just post several pictures from the past few weeks. Things have been growing rapidly since we have had a good deal of rain.
The heat wave and drought continues! The forecast has been for rain the last few days but so far there has only been a few drops. The result is that I have done little in the garden for the past few week other than water to keep it alive. It has survived well considering. Here are a few pictures
Keep cool! Pray for rain
July 2, 2011
A few more plants in bloom this week
Kniphofia (aka Tritoma) common name “Red Hot Poker” A very interesting flower. It doesn’t have a long blooming period but it is worth growing.
Asiatic lily. I believe the variety is “lollypop”
Ratibida columnifera , common name “Mexican Hat” I started plants from seed
A ornimental variety of Millet
Another Millet. The seed heads are great for dried flower arrangements
Larkspur is starting to bloom. It self seeds and some years are better than others. This is a light year
The Fairy rose in full bloom
Seven Sisters rose is blooming away, each cluster of flowers is a bouquet in itself
Hydrangea arborescence “Annabel”
The front yard, most of the color this time of year is roses.
June 25, 2011
A few new things blooming this week. My goal in planning a garden is to have continuous bloom that changes from week to week. (click pictures to enlarge)
The blue of the Nepeta looks great with the orange lilies. You can never go wrong with a complimentary color harmony.
The “New Dawn” rose is blooming nicely. Here is a close shot and one of the back Yard, the rose is on the far left. This rose was not a fast one to take off. It is now about 5 years old and doing great. This year I needed to bring down the soil pH and used “Holly Tone” organic fertilizer. The rose seems to love it.
This is “Seven Sisters” rose, a vigorous rambler, just starting to flower. It gets a bad case of powdery mildew every year, but it doesn’t seem to slow it down!
Cuthbert Grant is blooming heavily this week
This one is called “Nearly Wild” it blooms all summer and get nice rose hips in the fall.
“The Fairy” is an old favorite from the 20’s…blooms all summer and the tiny little flower clusters make great cut flowers.
Lady’s Mantle is blooming. It makes a great filler flower in bouquets
The front yard is looking great…..cars drive by very slowly to take a look
The new bed in the back is filling in well…next year it will be quite a display.
June 19, 2011
The garden continues to grow. The weather has been pretty good this week.
The Asiatic lilies are starting to bloom
Centranthus ruber, or red valerian in bloom
Lambs ear and salvia
Tomato plants have doubled in size the last week
A very unique petunia…almost black and yellow
Penstemon, husker red
A self seeding annual , buplurum
A nice scaveola basket
The new flower bed developing nicely.
Rosa gallica officinallis , Apothecary’s rose…one of the oldest cultivated roses was brought from Damascus to France in the 13th century.
Charles deMills, another very old rose
Verdun, a nice multi flowered rose
New Dawn climber beginning to flower
Brother cadfael, the flowers are so large!
Collette climber still in full bloom
as is Dortmund
More to flower soon
Its been an interesting week. started out in the upper 90’s and ended up with rain and cool temps. There was a break in the rain Friday so there was a window of opportunity to get the new garden mulched. I used 2 yards of shredded red pine bark. This covered the new bed and the side beds in the back yard.
Today I got the path made. I used 11 60# bags of concrete
Once the concrete sets I will add sand to fill the cracks.
The front Yard is looking great
Climbing Hydrangea looks great
Siberian Iris in full bloom
The peony are blooming. This single white peony was mis-marked It was sold as a double, but here it is….Still pretty
Foxglove are blooming. They self seed and show up all over the garden
This plant is called blue-eyed grass. It’s related to Iris and is a wild flower. It grows great in the MI garden
Many Roses blooming this week
Collette climbing rose
Climbing White America
Growing with clematis
4th of July
William Shakspere II
Non Native “wild” rose from China
Many more to come this next week
June 5, 2011
The weather has been very warm the past week and there has been a lot of growth in the garden
(click on any photo for a larger view)
Many of the roses have started to bloom
I added 18 bags of mulch to the front garden this week. I tried a new brand, Preen, It has preen weed preventer mixed in. Will see how it works. I worked on the new Island bed with the path in the back this week. I divided and moved several things from the front, purchased 4 flats from the garden center, some plants from the MSU plant sale, some seedlings I started myself, and now it needs to grow!! I need to mulch, edge, pave the path and make the arbor yet. But I got a lot done.
Happy GardeningTimMay 25, 2011
The last few days I have been working on a new flower bed in the back yard. I say the last few days but in actuality its been 2 years in coming. At some point in the history of the house there must have been another building in the back which burned down and the rubble leveled and covered with fill dirt (mostly clay) and then topped off with gravel. Since there is no garage the area had been essentially a parking lot. I had a lot of rubble and debris to remove before anything would grow!
Lots of junk!!
A few years ago I finished another bed in the back yard and have been working on this one since. When I plan a bed I like to do it with a photo. I take a picture, print it out, and then sketch in what I think I would like to plant.
Here is the sketch from a few years back…the lower left is the area where the new bed goes
Digging out all that junk takes a long time!…I actually sifted the soil through wire mesh screens to get a lot of the bigger stones and glass and gravel out.
At long last all that is done!
Now I still have really bad soil….I would need to screen it again to get out more of the gravel and cement and brick pieces (cement and brick, when mixed into soil, have a tendency to raise soil pH so high that nothing grows well) and I would need to add a tremendous amount of organic material. Frankly I ran out of steam, and just wanted it to be done! I had a delivery of a compost/soli mixture delivered by a local landscape co. 4 yards worth
Then I had to spread it out over the bed and form a path through the center. So Now I have a good foot or more of great soil to grow in on top and the soil below is loosened up and ready for roots to grow into.
Now to get rid of all those big hunks of concrete and brick
The path will be paved with cement using a form
the pictures show another area that I did with the cement form. It will work well for the garden path. I will also have an entry arbor at the front of the path.
But for now I need to get some things planted! There are several plants that are currently in other beds that need to be moved. I will start with those, after planting I will go back to construction and do the path and arbor
Up into the 80’s today and sunny. Got a lot of work done in the garden.. I was weeding the area under the lilac in the front to plant some annuals and found that several of its branches were dying. Looking at it more closely I discovered that the whole thing was just covered with scale insects. I felt like it was too far gone to save so sadly I dug it out. But did get to enjoy the flowers first
The blooms were so fragrant, and I hated to see the plant go, but I have others. In the back yard I have a cut leaf lilac.
It is healthy and blooming away. The flowers are more delicate than the common lilac, but just as fragrant.
The Korean lilac is still a week or so away from blooming.
After I got the lilac out (no small task) I needed to fill in the hole. I had a hosta that needed to be move out of the front flower bed so it was the perfect thing for the spot. The neighbor’s tree has grown quite a bit and is making plenty of shade so the hosta will be happy there
the Allium are blooming beautifully
I got the pots in the tower planted
The bleeding heart (this is one plant) is blooming away
The climbing hydrangea on the front porch post is going to be great when the flowers open
and here is the mini shade garden that is below the climbing roses
May 13, 2011
The warm weather has brought on a lot of growth in the garden.
The flowering Almond is in full bloom
the lilac is almost fully open
The creeping phlox is in full bloom
One little Jack-in-the-pulpit blooming
The Ferns taking off
Cushion Spurge blooming
A few new garden protectors
self seeding violas blooming
and the double grape hyacinth always bloom later than the others
the temperature has been in the 80’s the last few days. The flowers are growing fast, but so are the weeds! I need to get the weeding done and mulch the garden soon.
May 9, 2011
Good weather the last few days. Did a lot more weeding and spring clean up. Lots more things coming into bloom
The service berry is in full bloom
Bleeding heart is growing fast
Tulips and grape hyacinth in bloom
Species tulips in bloom, the yellow are done and the reds starting
The ferns are growing fast
The climbing hydrangea is covered in buds, should be quite a show soon
Flowering Almond should be in full bloom in a few days
Giant Allium will be quite impressive soon, lots of buds!….notice that the foliage is already turning brown at the tips. The foliage looks pretty bad by the time the blooms are open.
The creeping phlox is beginning to bloom
I can’t tell if Teddy likes it or not
He just got a hair cut and felt that he needed to be in a picture….Teddy is a Ham!
May 1, 2011
Today was the first day in weeks without rain! Had some time to get some much-needed yard work done.
First lawn cut of the season today….and the mower started without too much trouble (small miracle)
Cut back all the clematis, and roses were pruned. in all a total of 4 more bags for the city compost.
The weeping cherry tree is in bloom and looking its best
trillium doing well
Species Tulip (Tulipa tarda) only 6″ tall, and beautiful!
The Hyacinth are in bloom and the yard smells great!
I had a big task pruning the climbing roses, they were growing so huge they wanted to jump into the neighbor’s yard
A bag full of pruning later
It will eventually make and archway over the gate.
I will post a picture when the roses are in bloom, but here is a preview from last year
This is actually 2 climbing roses, Dortmund (red single that makes great rose hips) and Collette (amazing full rose that is so easy to grow). Here is a Collette closeup
A few things are blooming today.
and Siberian Squill, these are planted in a shady area, in a month they will be hidden by fern.
The trilliums are starting
And the giant Allium are growing fast
It won;t be long before the bleeding heart is in flower; once they get going they grow fast.
and the hyacinth will be blooming soon
I always keep a garden journal. I record all the activities, new plants, how things grow, plans, etc.
This year I decided to keep a journal here.
here is a picture of last years garden….hope its even better this year!
It has been a long winter here in Michigan! The last few days have finally melted most of the snow and I see some signs of spring. The tulips and daffodils are doing their thing.
Now that I look at them I realize how much spring clean up I have to do!!
Looks like tomorrow is a gardening day, but I am looking forward to getting my hands into the soil again.
There is alway so much more to clean up than I expect! I got the bulk of the front yard cleaned up but its beginning to look like rain (or is that my excuse to quit?) well here is what I cleaned out today. The city composts yard waste but they don’t start pick up until April 6. So here it will sit for a while.
For Inspiration here are a few pictures of last spring.
I will post update pictures of this year’s garden soon. For now Happy Spring!
A new visitor to the bird feeder (I dont think he was after seeds)