A mossy rock and two old fence posts were dragged out of the hedgerow for some year round interest. The bird house, inherited with the property, found a place to sit. The compost placed there last winter was dug in, more bags of manure added and finally, plants. The plume poppy made it's transition (not a minute too soon, you should have seen the runners on that thing!), a hardy geranium named Samobor, a large blue hosta previously residing by the front porch was divided and planted and hollyhock seeds thrown in.
Lurking around the corner on the backside of the garage I placed the Golden Glow. A funny spot for it maybe, who will look back there? Hubby asked me if I realized that spot would have full sun all day.. .. Yes. Which would also reflect off the garage.... Sure did. I explained that the golden glow will happily reach 6 feet high in those conditions. ahhh, yes.
|you think it's big now..|
Next up the veggie beds. I had some reservations that I put too much peat moss in my raised beds last year so all dirt was removed from the boxes and more manure added. Several new boxes also made their way into the garden and were quickly filled with strawberry plants. A few seeds were planted - Tyee spinach, borage and lavatera. It may be too early yet but I planted a few of each just to experiment. Unfortunately there was too much work here to accomplish in a weekend. Another box is necessary, a trellis of sorts for the tomatoes, more digging of new in-ground beds. I did as much as I could and then wandered away. Part of the fun is walking around and checking up on the other characters. Like this pretty white violet beginning to emerge.
The leaves of apple trees beginning to unfurl
I could not resist taking dozens of photographs of the lawn. The purple flowers have returned!
Last year I thought this plant was ajuga but I question that now. Regardless of the name it has a very strong smell and the bees like it very much. They also like dandelions.
I think we're growing some of the largest dandelions known to man. I've never seen flower heads quite so large. Perhaps it was all the rain?
The muscari are also dotted through the lawn and the shades of purple, yellow and green are exceedingly pleasant.
Some other characters have made their spring appearance.
What's a yard without a crow?
or a rock crab for that matter?