Monday, August 20, 2007
So now we're looking for a new one (our old one will be going on Freecycle) and I've found these 2. Have any of you tried or have one of these and can recommend them? We liked the Sunlawn because the adjust height is so much greater.
Brill Lexus 38 vs. Sunlawn MM2
Sunday, August 19, 2007
When I decided to go ahead with it, I discovered an ant colony as big and as populated as China was living under the bricks. The minute you lift up a brick they come swarming nd they BITE those suckers. Hours later, I could still feel ants crawling on me. Here's a short video:
So I had to stop the path making; when I recommenced path-making I found out they only relocated to some bricks further down. This might take longer than expected.
Friday, August 17, 2007
This is the garden that I told my mom I was going to re-do for her and I was so excited about it. The only problem was that with the heat and the cicadas, I wasn't able to do much until recently, and by then there was a plant/weed explosion!
So I did a simple weed clean up, pulling out what I could identify as weeds. But herein lies the problem:
The previous owners, instead of using a wood mulch, used rocks under their plants. Some are large (which are fine) but the rest are small. I like the look of a rock garden and wanted to keep them, but after the years, the rocks have become embedded into the ground. The plants still manage to grow but to get weeds out I have to start removing the rocks.
I didn't want to remove the rocks but I think I have to, just to get at the roots of these big weeds, and especially if I want to transplant anything. Ugh.
Does anyone have any experience working with rocks as much?
This year, I took better care of it, pruned it down better and I thought it would be inetresting to take photos of it every month and chronicle it's life (well it's growing season until bloom time). Here are some photos of that...
Thanks to Carol at May Garden Dreams for putting this together.
I just went out this morning to peruse my bounty and there's a lot going on, and I don't know what a lot of it is.
bleeding heart (gotta love the shade!)
although I don't know what kind they are:
She said they were sunflowers. I like how the fell over into the variegated grass.
And finally, I have a black-eyed susan look-a-like ground cover. Reading Lake Shore's blog, I thought these night be yellow coneflowers?
Friday, August 03, 2007
I have a nice variety of shade plants, but as you all know most of the front yard was planted by the previous owners. As I start to put my stamp on the front yard "rooms," I've been in search for some good shade-gardening books and I found one called Making the Most of Shade by Larry Hodgson . It has some nice garden plans, great information on planting, and an extensive list of shade-loving plants.One of the problems with my other gardening books is that they are really comprehensive, so I have to search for the shade-lovers. With this book, any page I turn to I know the light needs work for me and I can concentrate on learning about it's other characteristics and whether or not it might work in my garden.
Long live shade!
And Gina at Skinny Garden was commenting that she checks blogs often only to find no new posts. This should alleviate the problem.
So I just allowed Feeds to my site, I hope I am doing it right; and I signed up at bloglines to check on other gardener's blogs. I am new to Feeds, so again, I hope I am doing this right.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
tearing apart my roses;
petals falling, flaking, scraggling,
into the periwinkle below;
one, two, three of them,
climbing over each other,
biting, munching, feasting,
tearing apart my roses.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
One of the garden beds in the front yard is affectionately called the "Circle Garden."
2 large shade trees cover this area. Plants include:
- Daylilly 'stella d'oro'
- Coral bells
- Black eyed susan-looking plants
Photo: early July 2007
Action: Moved small mophead hydrangea to front of house, added 3 different new coral bells (chocolate ruffles, amber waves, and lemon-lime).
Noted: irises and daylillies still didn't bloom. stella d'oros look overgrown and don't repeat bloom.