I’m slowly making my way around the garden borders for the first of the season clean-up — edging, weeding, dividing and relocating as needed.  Sadly, it’s already June 11th and I’m only half way there!


I have no idea how I ended up with more than 13 mixed borders, a vegetable garden, an orchard (fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and currants), and a separate, rather large, pumpkin patch (thankfully planted over with a green manure crop this season to rebuild the soil).


I think my garden has expanded past the size that I can comfortably handle…


And yet, I’ve already enlarged the gazebo border this season (as in I’ve covered it with cardboard and straw to kill the grass; not that I’ve actually found the time to plant it out yet).



I can’t seem to stop myself!  Reminds me of the following quote by Phyllis McGinley…

“The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation.
It becomes an obsession.”


When, I ask myself constantly, is enough, enough?  I’ve made 3 trips to the local nursery this week AND ordered plants online from Bluestone Perennials because they wisely sent me a 50% off email – they knew I couldn’t resist the compulsion to buy more plants!  I feel like I need an intervention.

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  1. Im with you there! I need an intervention too. LOL Your garden is glorious indeed. I love it and it looks so tidy!! My honeysuckle is covered in mildew……(grumpy face) how can I get rid of that? ? Thank you for sharing. x


  2. Thanks; I’m glad it gives the appearance of tidiness – from a distance 🙂 I’ve never had a problem with powdery mildew on the honeysuckle, but it’s in a very sunny locale and I trim out 1/3 of the old growth in late winter, so it gets plenty of air flow. Sadly, I’ve never found any of the recommendations for mildew (diluted milk concoction, Cornell formula, etc.) to be very effective for my plants that are prone to mildew, such as pumpkins and Phlox. Although it looks horrid, the plants always seem to power through…


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