Diggin’ It

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A number of years ago I became good friends with an amazing gardener. She was a number of years older than I … and had designed and developed one of the most beautiful country home gardens I have ever seen.  One of my clearest memories from those days was a conversation in which she and another gardener mentioned how stiff and sore they were from working the soil before they ever got near putting plants in. I had quickly asked … just to make sure … that they got sore from digging and turning over soil? Oh, such wry laughter broke out at my question! I soon learned just what they were chuckling about! Thanks Anne and Jennifer!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday was ‘planting day’ at our place. (After Paco’s success yesterday with the vet I headed into my favourite garden centre – Riley’s, in Kingston – to celebrate!) I spent hours wandering through their greenhouses and checking out the new plants and my old favourites.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost of our gardens are stocked with perennials. However, I like to keep a few spots to experiment with new ones and to pack full of annual colour. My favourites are old standbys. Number one favourite – marigolds – of all kinds. I love the smell of them. I love that they need tending. I love that they are so bright they seem to glow at dusk. Second on my list – cosmos. I love their feathery foilage and their soft pinks, purples and whites. They also require tending. I am a fan of things that pull me outside!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe raised the flower beds along the front porch a few years ago. It sure has made a difference to my ability to be able to work more comfortably there. Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susans, Bleeding Hearts, Lambs Ears and Sedum are all mature plants that have taken over most of that space. But I keep the areas by the steps free for new ideas. Above I’m trying out Rose Mallow (it’s a type of perennial hibiscus – I planted the annual species a number of years ago and loved the look of the blooms), Malva and Pinks. I’ve also moved the Morning Glory climber back to this garden. I’m hoping that hiding it behind the Sedum will keep its roots cool but the sun will encourage it to climb all the same.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI divided a few hostas and invoked the visas of the astilbe. They were planted in spots that turned out to be too sunny for their dispositions. That left room for thought in the woodland garden section that now is sunshine central. Marigolds will mark the spot while I think about what perennials might be better. We have Phlox that runs amuck in that part of the yard … but I think I still want it tamed to smaller groupings. It gets too moldy if I let it spread out into waves of plants.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis geranium planter will be bright all summer long. It sits right at the end of the porch – so I’ll be sure to notice it each time I come in and out.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I slumped into the kitchen for a drink midday I noticed this amazing little fella right outisde the window. An indigo bunting! They make a rare appearance here in the spring. He stayed for a quick snack … but then disappeared from the yard.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen all was done I collapsed on the front porch and soaked it all in. I realize that I don’t often stop in the front yard these days. I’m preoccupied with my four hoofed amigos out back! 😉 Today they were very quiet. Everyone was working through each of the illnesses they were vaccinated for yesterday … Poor Bella looked miserable. We’ve had high winds (enough to knock the power out for a few hours this afternoon …). The winds did a good job of blowing away some of the black flies which would have just added insult to injury after those needles. So a quiet day in the paddock – and a busy day in the gardens!

3 comments on “Diggin’ It”

  1. What change a few weeks make. The gardens are well on their way. Thanks for shot of the Indigo Bunting, seen only in my bird book. Love Kate

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