I took advantage of the 55 degree weather when I got home from work and decided to begin removing the asters from this area.
I forgot what hard work it is to dig out deeply entrenched perennials! I removed 4 wheelbarrow loads (about 45 minutes of work) and decided that was enough heavy-duty digging for today!
I told DH to get some stain because NOW is the perfect time to stain these side panels. (We'll see how fast he moves to get the stain. Who wants to bet that it will be weeks before it's done?)
I am planning to make this side a sunflower garden. About two months ago I bought these seeds:
I will replace the soil I removed today with some of the top soil I bought last fall. I can't plant these until June so I have plenty of time to work on this area.
After the hard work of digging, I wanted to continue working outside. Something easy like trimming this butterfly bush was perfect.
People are always searching to find out how to trim a butterfly bush so I thought I would post these pics to show the before and after.
In the past I have cut it way down to about a foot above ground, but I want it to get a little bit taller than it did last year, so I am experimenting with this height.
I really don't do anything special. I just cut it down wherever I feel like cutting. For about five years now it's worked just fine.
What's with Blogger today? I tried 5 times to answer the comments on yesterday's post, but it would not take my password. I finally gave up trying. But do know that I appreciate your comments Kris, Pea, Giddy, and Jean!