The Summer Garden has Arrived
There is a day when the garden changes so dramatically that it feels like you have been away for weeks. Its appearance can be shocking. For me, that day was Sunday. As I approached the garden I was prepared to find that the days’ storms had deposited a few twigs perhaps a limb in the bed and the plants may look a bit beaten down but what I saw was, simply put, a hot mess. How a garden can explode and look so messy and crazy overnight is amazing to me.
I was hoping to spend a few minutes on the sun garden and the remainder of my time working on rejuvenating part of the rock garden. The heat was kicking my arse and I was still feeling a bit off from my four mile run/walk the day before. No such luck, the sun garden demanded my attention and it simply could not wait another day. There is also the looming Fourth of July celebration this week at the park. The park will be packed to the gills with families and friends picnicking, playing and waiting for the annual firework show. I know the adopt-a-plots will have many visitors and I want all my gardens to look their best!
I filled two large garden waste bags and gave many of the plants a much needed heavy grooming. Mint was wrangled back to its place, Russian sage sprouts were pulled, spent daylily stems and dying leaves pulled and yarrow and tansy deadheaded. It was a lot of work, but well worth it for a bit of order is back in the garden again… but not for long I am sure.