That's compost, baby. I did a whole lot of screening and spreading of compost this spring. I have poor soil in several locations in my garden, so my plants appreciate a yearly addition of good compost.
I also spent quite a bit of time installing drip irrigation in my raised veggie boxes and annual beds. So far it's working wonderfully and saving me a lot of time, although I did make a few mistakes here and there. Any of you enlightened readers who have installed drip irrigation will notice that in the picture above I have the drip emitter on backwards. Fortunately, it didn't take me long to figure out why they kept popping off!
I spent time pruning several of my shrubs, although I need to do more....
I pulled up lots and lots and lots of these! My yard was completely weed free for about a week. It was a great week. Now I need to do it all again....sigh.
And now for the garden highlights. I know you all really just want to see pictures of pretty flowers, so here they are:
|Snapdragon 'Chantilly Deep Orange', quite possibly one of my favorite snaps.|
|A new lily variety in my garden - only 12" tall. Always start your lilies from bulb - it's easy, and so much less expensive than buying lilies in pots.|
|The tulips put on quite a show this year. They look great against my lime-leafed mock orange, which is also a new addition to the garden.|
|I tried Carex 'Red Rooster' in my annual bed this year and love it!|
|A wide variety of kales and lettuces this year. My soups and salads have been fabulous!|
|Strawberry bed, year 2. Filling out nicely, although I added way too much nitrogen last year in the form of corn gluten. As a result, the berries this summer have been few and small. (My lawn needs mowing, as usual.)|
|My dahlias are finally starting to bloom, a month later than usual. I've been hearing from people all over town that they are having slow dahlias this year too.|
|Lupine 'Morello Cherry.' Totally worth growing from seed - it blooms the first year.|
|I'm loving the addition of a few marigolds to my herb garden this year...it's never looked better.|
How are your gardens doing this summer? Any new varieties worth sharing?