I went out after work today to tackle the weeds in the main gardens. I lasted about 45 minutes before the mosquitoes had blood flowing down my arms. That was long enough for me to get a full wheelbarrow load of weeds, so I was thrilled. Just a few years ago, after 45 minutes, I was just getting started.....now I am thrilled to have worked 45 minutes in the garden!
More rain will keep all of these areas looking as good as (or better) than look today:
This is the path we put in last year. It is looking good with the Frances William hosta in the foreground, the 'Palace Purple' heuchera near the end of the path and the 'Manhattan' lilies I moved here last year. I am amazed how those lilies took to this area (left side)...they are huge!
I like this combo of chives and purple iris:
The Heuchera 'Caramel' that I planted last year survived our mild winter and looks pretty good right now against the Lamb's Ear.
My Siberian Iris has just started to bloom (the purple/blue flowers in the front):
Here are the same plants from the opposite direction:
The orange poppies have begun to open in the little rusty wagon wheel garden I showed you a few days ago:
But what really surprised me was another yellow iris in this garden. I probably purposely planted it here, but then forgot I did it. :) I bet many of you can relate to that!
Our weather forecast is to get more thunderstorms tomorrow, but I am still hoping to get a lot of work done this weekend in the gardens. I really need to dig out a TON of grass with bobbing seed heads. I hope, if you are so inclined, that you also get a lot of garden work done this weekend.