Walking around the garden

The rain had stopped by the time I arrived home after work.  I was happy to have the rain after a weekend of planting dahlias, containers, and seedlings in the vegetable garden (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and sweet peas).  It was a gentle, constant rain much of the day and the garden always benefits.

 

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Which of these things is not like the others?

 

But… there’s always the “but” with gardeners…but the rain also benefits the weeds, dandelions, and grass that are running rampant through my borders right now.  I know I’m not really “behind” since we’ve barely passed the last frost date, but I feel very behind.

So, as I was bemoaning how much work there was to do in the garden and how I couldn’t get to it with all the rain in the forecast for this week, Nora swooped in to the rescue – as she so often does – and grabbed the camera, and me, and forced a garden walk-about.

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The tulips have gone over for the most part and are quickly passing into the spent, ugly phase.  I will have to get to them this weekend to cut back the stems.  But I allow the foliage to remain until yellowed to put some energy back into the bulbs for next year’s performance.

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However, the perennials have really shot up.  The alliums are half open and the camassia lilies are on the cusp.

 

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Pearl Bush with allium ‘Purple Sensation’

 

But we did manage to find a few others in full bloom (see below).

 

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Weeping Siberian Pea Shrub
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Pink Forget-Me-Nots?  Self-seeded from last year

 

 

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Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ – incredibly invasive – mine are in a bottomless pot in the border to keep them somewhat contained – but I love them

 

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