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Quick Erev Shabbos Garden Tour!

These pics were taken at dusk yesterday so if they’re a little dusky, well… yes.

Death of a clematis.  The same Nelly Moser flower seen in its full glory just last week… here.

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But this week, we have PEAS!  Well, okay, PEA.  A few are flowering, and if we can wait patiently, we will have peas.  If the weather doesn’t heat up again too quickly.

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plants 012Back garden chaos.  This is the area just to the right (north) of the composter, and it shows, because everything in this strip goes a little wild.  Crammed into this picture, we have “Black Lace” Elderberry Tree (far left, slightly dark leaves, but new leaves are bright green, so it doesn’t show up well yet), a few hostas (freebie last year), a golden tansy (volunteer from the other side of the garden), lime thyme (mmm… smells delicious!), bee balm (freebie), sweet williams (freebie from seed), goldenrod (bought), a couple of daylilies and a bunch of ivy (there when we moved it, but boy has it SPREAD!).  Chaos, indeed, but healthy chaos.  Oh, there are also a couple of volunteer sunflowers starting from seeds dropped by last year’s volunteers.

And here are the square-foot beds!  You’ll notice they’re kind of leafy / junky looking.  I decided not to rake off all the leaves, but just leave it as mulch and dig through to plant stuff.  For the most part, it’s working well, but in a couple of cases, the leaves have encroached and smothered a small seedling (one marigold & two broccolis).

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OMG, is all that planted in a 4 x 4 grid?  How did I cram it all in there???  And then there’s everything planted around it:  chives, chinese/garlic chives, thyme, daylily, bee balm and milkweed.  The bee balm is a little tall for my liking, probably because of the rich soil.

I have not quite stuck with the square-foot thing this year.  Well, I have, but the squares are not as clearly-delineated as in previous years.  We’ll live… I’m too lazy to fix it now.

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Plus, around it, a lot of THYME, a happy yarrow, golden oregano (that’s the yellow at the bottom – amazing stuff!), coriander.

Garlic gone wild (in a pot):

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Raspberries… covered in flowers, hopefully fruit soon.  The alligator and cow guard over the various beds.

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Kiddie playhouse planters:  I meant these to be symmetrical when I planted them last year, but the columbine and astilbe really took off in one while the other virtually died off over the winter.  So now they are asymmetrical.  I may try to fix that later on… or just leave it.  In the middle is a pot of hakone grass for colour and shade effect.  And a found-at-curb picnic table for colouring, crafts or snacktime!

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My 4” freebie driveway garden – back for its second year!  The mint has spread quite a bit and now I feel sorry I planted this where it could creep into the neighbours’ lawn, because the new neighbours are a nice young couple.  Still, mint isn’t SO terrible; it’ll just smell nice when they mow.  The plants in here are striped lamium, gooseneck loosestrife, and hosta.  All free last year, and all thriving.  Yay!

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Goodnight, garden!  (I love the glow of the golden hops as the daylight fades away…

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