In May the Master Gardener’s had a Garden Tour and those gardens are reopened this fall, one each Friday, to the Master Gardener’s. It’s fun to see the gardens in their Autumn Attire, rather the Sparkling Springtime newness.
Here’s three pictures from last week’s and this week’s gardens.
There are many layers to this grouping: Sweet potato vine and profusion zinnias in the front, the pink and green cleome and light purple Mexican petunias in the back, and then the dark purple of morning glories in the very back.
A border of Turk’s Cap – the hummingbirds love the red flowers. I bought one of these plants on sale last night at Lowe’s – the label says 5’ x 5’. But I saw one today that was easily taking up a 12’ x 12’ area. I think I know where I can plant mine, but I’ll likely have to trim it from time to time.
American Beautyberry bush – the bright berries against the green leaves is very striking. I’m told you can make jam from the berries.
Not only is it May already, but it’s a third through May. Crazy!
I’ve been busy with Master Gardener Camp meetings and Spring Garden Tour work days, so busy that I’ve only worked in my gardens two afternoons.
Yesterday afternoon I picked up some new plants and some bags of composted cow manure – a mandevilla and a dipladenia, neither of which I’ve ever had, so this will be an adventure. The ceramic planters were on sale, but sadly, the flowers were not.
When I got home, I went right to work laying down cardboard in the front flower bed, then emptying all of last year’s soil from Earthboxes and pots into that bed, along with the 6 bags (40 pounds each) of composted cow manure. Underneath all that is last year’s leaves and underneath that is the soil from 2015 container gardening and more leaves. Lasagna gardening and composting, all in one.
I plan to go back tomorrow and pick up more bags of the composted cow manure and hopefully some bags of top soil, along with some cardboard, if I can find some free – all for the other flowerbed in the front. Well, some of the top soil will be for this bed also. And then plants! I have Sweet William started, but they are teeny tiny, nowhere near ready to transplant, so I’m not sure what I’ll do. I can’t quite decide whether to do the Sweet William in the other bed, where the Texas Star hibiscus is, as I know that will self-seed and I won’t have to plant anything else there, of to put it in this bed in front of the holly bushes. I also want to plant some Swiss chard in the front, and maybe some other greens too. Decisions, decisions!
Another decision to make is whether to leave the two trees that we trimmed so drastically last year (or was it two years ago now?). You can see one on the left side of the picture, the other is on the other side of the sidewalk. The other tree has grown back more green along the whole trunk – it obviously gets more sunlight that this one showing here. I hate them both and want them gone. Bill still thinks they add something to the front. One of these days he’s going to look out the window while he’s working in the office and see me attacking them! They will be gone!