Saturday, June 4, 2011

Productive Saturday Morning

I was outside just before 7:00 a.m. and spent about 4 hours blissfully tending to my gardens.

I had to remove some Sedumn Autumn Joy from the front border and I used them to finish planting the topsoil garden. In late August I should have a row of pink behind the variegated hostas.
I did some weeding -- removing a lot of bits of grass that was just getting to the seed stage.

Last week we moved two large shrubs from the front border (to get ready for the new porch) and we replanted them.  I am happy to report that after a week, they are both doing very well:
We moved this huge Burning Bush to the back of the rockwall garden. You may remember that I am turning this area into a shrub/ornamental grass garden.  I just planted my first four ornamental grasses today.
See that little red/white tulip in the foreground? There are five of them. Here is a close up looking in the other direction:

I also planted three Cardinal Flower 'fan scarlet' toward the end of one of the Arbor gardens.
Cardinal Flower is a perennial lobelia that grows up to 3 feet tall with scarlet red flowers.  I will show them again when they flower later in the summer.

I noticed my first orange poppy ready to bloom way back in the wooded area.  I took these three pictures during a three hour period:

 It may have opened completely before three hours, but that is when I went to look again.
WOW! Even if you hate orange, you have to at least be amazed by the way Mother Nature opens these poppies.

So far I am having a great Saturday. I hope you are, too.


  1. Oh wow, I am loving your flower beds, your yard, your rock wall, your placement of everything. I love the paths, I love your poppies, I love it all.
    'hugs from afar'

  2. Cher,
    I wish you weren't anonymous, so I could reply to your kind comments. I hope you come back to read this because I want to say thanks for stoppping by and making me feel so good on a Saturday evening! I hope you know your comments are always appreciated!

    Hugs back to you,

  3. Oh, that poppy...what a beauty...Balisha

  4. your garden is just wonderful - a never ending feast for the eyes. And the orange poppy? YOWSER!!!

  5. it is all looking great Zoey...

  6. Hi Zoey, It certainly does look like a very productive Sat a.m.! Everything looks healthy and very nice! I'm sure Michigan doesn't see mid-90s like we have here in VA. I always love my yard and gardens in the spring ....until hot July rolls around and saps the loveliness I worked so hard for.

    I'll look forward to seeing more posts next month in your garden.


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