VPH really did most of the "heavy lifting" this weekend, starting on Thursday. Luckily his school vacation (have I mentioned he teaches?) coincided with the first truly lovely days we've had this spring. Call us wusses, but we're not gardening unless it's over 55 and sunny (or over 65 and cloudy)!
He got rid of all the leaves along both sides of the house on Thursday (believe it or not, we actually have more grass this year than we did last year):
For one reason and another I didn't end up helping very much on Friday despite taking the day off of work specifically to do so. But on Saturday I jumped right in and cleaned up the Endless Summer hydrangea:
My next task for the day was to get this garden cleaned up:
First VPH vacuumed up the leaves for me:
But then I cleaned up all the old grass and day lily foliage by hand and weeded the rest of the bed (I hate marsh marigolds so much):
So much nicer, but I think I'll wait a little while to put down fresh mulch:
I also planted a bare-root clematis in front of the right-hand trellis. I had planned on planting two, one in front of each trellis, but when I opened up the package only one was in there. We'll see if the one I planted actually grows. I may have to buy more mature plants down the road.
I just love sitting on the patio looking at all the happy daffodils (the tulips look to be a day or two from blooming):
I did find a remnant of the wildflower garden, a lupine, growing in front of the row of bulbs and I decided to leave it and see if it actually blooms for me this year:
Speaking of unexpected flowers...this is right smack dab in the middle of VPH's bastard garden. Anyone know exactly what it is? About 6-8 inches tall and in such an awkward spot I couldn't bend over to see if there was a scent. It sort of looks hyacinth-like to me:
The sad looking broken bamboo fence is now down, soon to be replaced with a 6' tall x 16' wide reed fence and VPH has cleared all the leaves from this area (the hostas are hiding under all the marsh marigolds):
The forsythia is in full bloom:
I think this mum is coming back, but I think it's highly unlikely that I will go to the trouble of finding a sunny place to keep it and waiting all the way until the fall for it to bloom:
The Branford fern is all fiddle-heads:
The cute little astilbe (and yes, the perennial shade garden needs weeding and mulch desperately):
Today (Sunday) I planted up 3 new containers with shade perennials for the side of the house by the grill where the trees were removed. Bare-root hostas and astilbe predominantly, though you can just see the creeping jenny that overwintered in a hanging planter on the top right (creeping jenny has turned out to be just about unkillable in my garden):
I can't say yet if I'm going to like this area or not. I'm planning impatiens in any blank spots for all the containers and we still have to put the grill back. In a month or so I should be happier:
There is much work still to do. Including locating and probably transplanting all the perennial herbs like this woolly thyme:
Finally cleaning up the vegetable garden and prepping containers for new plantings:
And the biggest job of all...assembling the new shed, which VPH and I are both dreading. It's in this box (now covered by a weighed down tarp), the foundation is in a box in our kitchen and its anticipated location will be the site of the current ripped shed at the back of the garden:
Our plan is to assemble the foundation on the gravel patio, get an accurate measurement and then build a simple gravel base surrounded by 2x4s just like the gravel patio, build the shed on our nice level concrete patio, and then move it to its final location (which will hopefully be level). This will be our most ambitious plan to date and you can clearly see why we're not excited about doing it. It may quite possibly be put on hold until SS2 comes home from college and can help out.