We've had a couple of nice days and I was able to go out into the garden and get some work done. I've finally finished trimming last year's growth from all of the perennials. This project took me about five days to complete. I always forget just how many perennials I have until I start trimming. After the trimming is done the garden looks so neat and clean!
Yesterday I also planted 40 Gladiolus bulbs and look forward to seeing them bloom. One little problem though....when I dug my third hole, I dug up a toad (I am really afraid of frogs and toads....very odd for a gardener). After a scream that I'm sure they heard two counties over, I gently put him back and hope I didn't disturb him too much!
Now when I look out into the garden, I'm seeing less brown and more green. There's still not much green, but I'll take it!! Here's what my garden looks like today....
Our biggest backyard bed is 65'x35'. This picture was taken from the patio and is the middle of that bed. See all the green!
The next two pictures are taken from the same spot looking left and right.
Yesterday I transplanted the three small plants, two May Night Salvia and one Moonshine Yarrow, in the second photo to this new spot which made room for my new Sonic Bloom Red Weigela in their old spot. This area also has Daylilys Coneflowers and Burgundy Blanket Flowers!
Love in a Mist has self seeded all over this bed!
Into the front yard we go....The perennial bed in Morrow Park Phase I is showing signs of life....lots of Poppy and Larkspur seedlings as well as all of the perennials.
This bed has two shrubs, Pink-a-boo Deutzia and Buttonbush and lots of perennials. The German Chamomile is really looking green!
Here's the front seating area. The Violas are looking great. I was having some rabbit problems, but a spray of Liquid Fence took care of that! There is also Veronica, Salvia, Phlox, and other perennials along this path!
Another front bed. The shrubs include Mock Orange, Weigela and Abelia. I see green, green, green!!
The bed along the front walk/path. Soon it will be covered with blooming Iris, Bee Balm, Blanket Flowers, Larkspur, Coreopsis, Daylilys, Coneflowers and more!!
This picture was taken from the driveway looking toward the front right side of the yard. Yesterday I got to MOW for the first time this year!! I just LOVE to mow my yard! It is so relaxing and offers instant gratification.
This photo was taken from the end of the driveway looking towards Morrow Park Phase III
The Violas are looking great! These are on a table right outside our kitchen window.
My Helleborus is blooming! Maybe I would have seen the blooms earlier if I'd known to cut off the old leaves....live and learn!!
All of my Coneflowers are coming up!
Likewise the Phlox!
My early blooming Daffys finally opened!
Bee Balm gone wild!! One of the things I love about Bee Balm is how easy it is to transplant. No need to buy more, just move it around!
Poppies, Poppies everywhere!
All of the Veronicas are looking good! They do really well in my garden and I'm planting more this spring.
Looking good Gaura!
Finally, two of my bunnies say "hurry up spring...we can't wait!!
Spring is definitely in the air and I'm really looking forward to it! Don't forget to take a good look at everything in your garden and I hope you'll see a little "green" too!
Words and Photos Property of Christy's Cottage Wildlife Garden.