|Storm Clouds Gathering|
We are busy getting ready for the annual Nicks Family Picnic that we have each year, so there is lots of cleaning going on--in and out. It always takes a party to get me motivated to get the house really cleaned. Is it the same at your house? I want everything perfect. So Saturday's project was to mulch the pine trees at the entrance. A pretty big job.
Before: a healthy crop of weeds getting a good start.
|13 sq. yards of mulch. Dust and all.|
|Bring in the Toy. Any excuse to get this big boy out, but gotta admit that I am glad I let the Head Gardener buy his toy.|
After: A lot of scooping, racking and spreading. Weeds covered. Mulch spread. Head gardener worn out.
New Blooms in the garden
The day lilies are beginning their show. They are a hearty bunch, but even the prolonged head stifled them. I love this second one with the tinge of pink around the edges. Even prettier with rain drops.
Crocosmia bejeweled with raindrop diamonds. Another fav. I love the red hot pow that it brings to the garden. Red is sometimes a hard color to find in the garden other than beautiful red roses, but this spot of red on long spikes with iris like leaves makes its presence in the garden well know. And a bonus--the tiger swallowtail butterfly last year seemed to enjoy it.
|Daisies and rain, a perfect combination.|
(I need to take a better photo of it.) Called "Party Girl Hollyhock", it a prairie mallow that will grow 36 inches high, so it will fill in nicely.
Planted next to the pom pom razzmatazz echinacea, this monarda is a must have because of its hardiness and ability to fill in a spot, not to mention its unusual bloom. This is its second year.
|Have I said I love pink flowers? This Razzmatazz cone flower is just pink-lucious.|
|As a child of the '70s (actually I was quite grown up), who didn't like the yellow daisy? This one is new to the garden. Both of my banana yellow daisies didn't make it through the winter.|
Its a busy week getting ready for the picnic. I cleaned today. Tomorrow I'll finish up the photo album. Wednesday I'll shop for groceries. Thursday I'll get stuff out. Friday I'll bake. Set up tents and so on.
Hope you have a great week. Enjoy your garden.