Yeah I got some funny looks for that on facebook as well. And it goes without saying that there is a story behind it. Because yeah – just a little obscure for this shade of reality.
So it’s spring. Or at least, the weeds are in full bloom with the ‘cultured’ plants right behind them. I say ‘cultured’ because really, weeds are plants we didn’t send an invitation to the garden party to. They have the same basic functions and parts as the other plants – stems, leaves, flowers, etc – and the yearning to grow and propagate. I’m not sure if there is a classification that defines them. I should find that out one day. Because really, mint is voracious when it comes to taking up space, but isn’t classified as a weed. And I’ve been trying forever to get poppies to grow but they ARE classified as a weed. What gives?
Anyways, this is the first time I’ve seen the garden go from winter to spring in this house. Last year we spent May moving INTO the house and getting stuff set up. By the time I could turn attention to the garden it was summer and I was reviewing everything that had already been established for some years. That’s the way it is at a new place. The garden belonged to the previous owner for the year after she was gone – because I didn’t know what was coming up through the soil. Well, we’ve been here a year now. And things have to change.
For starters, the front garden is a miss matched diagonal mess of a burial mound crowned with a deflated yucca collection. THAT was the ‘octopus’. It looked like an octopus had crawled on top of a Victorian burial mound, and collapsed there. I had tried to go and pry it out to find that the ‘tentacles’ were constantly getting in the way and it was deeply entrenched in its mourning state. Thankfully I have a husband with some stubborn muscle. As it turns out is was a colony of cephalopods and some had even died out at the base, probably from lack of light getting through. To that end – huzzah! The octopus is out of the garden and is awaiting it’s fate next to the compost heap.
As for the burial mound itself, I gauged a line with stones I’d found underneath all of the random foliage, to estimate a straight path instead of a diagonal one. This gave me an indication of plants that had to be relocated. Lavender, succulents, tulips and a hosta were relocated to the back yard. I had full intentions of taking a full wheelbarrow full of that burial mound dirt to the backyard as well – but as it turns out, I’m not that strong. I could only manage a one third full barrow, but it will be enough to get started. I want to put down soil to level out the divets around my raised vegetable garden, then paper and mulch down the area so that weeds don’t creep up on the beds.
So yeah, that took a while. And I still have 2 evergreen plants to remove (1 is dead and 1 is in the way) and a goat’s beard plant to relocate. Another day maybe. For the moment all of the soil in the front bed has been turned over and the grass has been pulled.
As for the backyard – huh, well.
In the vegetable bed, the lettuce is coming up but the beets are not. The sage and thyme have made it through winter and come back with a vengeance. I bought new rosemary and basil but I’m keeping them inside until I’m sure that the nights won’t kill them. I also bought a mint plant. I’m keeping that inside so it doesn’t take over. My neighbor has oregano growing in her driveway. Yup – stole some and planted it. I bought a new tomato plant because all of my seeds from last year’s tomatoes did not germinate as I had expected. Onions and garlics are still going from last year, and that’s fine.
Aiden’s garden: peas, carrots, poppies, sweet peas, and green beans are all in various stages of germination. I’ve put each one into a planter on the ground or inside of a basket ring. This way when the plants come up he can easily identify them as his and feel some pride. In the same section, I’ve planted two blueberry saplings. I don’t expect them to bear fruit this year. They’re too small. But I hope to get them large enough that by next year there will be a decent harvest. The raspberry bushes are going full steam into leafing and that’s par for the course.
In the flower garden, where we plan to put a path where last year’s artificial pond had been, I’ve added foxtail, Chinese lantern, a rose, all of the lavenders and another plant that is supposed to attract butterflies. I can’t really plant the other side until I’ve dug out the stump of the willow tree. But that’s another day. Maybe hydrangea and peony can go there.
OK, that’s enough garden talk.