This morning I spent three hours digging weeds in my main garden. What a chore! I have let it go for a long time and now I must the price to get it looking decent again. DH and I have been working on it for weeks now.
This is one area that we have completely dug out and replanted.
We still have a long way to go.
I am spending the rest of the afternoon sitting on my deck reading a culinary murder mystery book that my son sent to me (for Christmas) and sipping an icy cold glass of Chardonnay. Life doesn’t get much better!
While sitting there, I took a few pics of the deck today.
The pink flowers are Zephranthes or rain lilies that my blog friend Pati sent me from her Missouri home. I can't remember how many years ago...maybe 8?? They are not winter hardy in Michigan, so I have to store them every winter.
This flowers stay very short and I love them as a centerpiece on my deck coffee table.
I almost lost these black/yellow lilies called Lionheart Tango Lilies (from Breck's). I had only one left in my garden, so two years ago I dug it up and planted it in a barrel on my deck. Look how it has multiplied! I think it likes its new home.
Yesterday I bought some Coneflower 'Sombrero Hot Coral'. I don't have much luck with coneflowers in my garden, so I put these three in another barrel on the deck. They should stay less than 2 feet tall. I hope they acclimate and come back next year!
Oat Grass (I love this grass--wish I could find a few more of them). Peony bushes and Royal Purple
Smoke tree (which is 15 years old).
I painted those bowling balls over five years ago. I leave them in that exact spot all year long. It's amazing how well they hold up through our Michigan winters. I was going to freshen them up a bit this spring, but never quite got to doing it.
Allium Christophhi and Gold Mound Spirea. The Allium keep getting shorter each year. I am just glad that they come back because most of my allium disappears after a year or two. In this spot, I like them short like this.
Summer Skies everblooming hardy geranium (the name is incorrect because it never reblooms!)
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.