I have been trying to clear my 'things to do in the yard' list of the stuff that I have been putting off because it is too daunting, for whatever reason. I am pleased that I got two of those things crossed off in the last week! The first one I did not take pics of, just forgot, but I was putting it off till I knew what the plants were, finally identified the last one and thought "oh dear"!
This was a two day project but since it is right behind the house it really has made a difference! Much cleaner and I was able to use the grass rake on the Vinca and get a lot of the twigs, leaves and webs out of the ground cover - the flamingos are happier - I can tell! ;)
This next project involved the old honeysuckle vines on the fence that have not been trimmed for many years. They are filthy and dirty and underneath a maple tree so they are full of seeds! This also was a two day project but again, it really needed to be done and I think it makes a big difference in the look of things. In a future post I will share what I found underneath all that!
|to the far end by the Lavender|
So here was the beginning - I removed the dead ones and trailed the living vines up the now clean fence!
This part was trimmed and weeded but I left the dead vines as hubby and I are (a) half convinced they hold up the fence here, (b) trying to grow some more vines off the old ones, (c) using them as a privacy screen between us and the neighbors! It is cleaner anyway.
|Whole, sliced and spears!|
We have begun the canning/preserving season as well, here are my first 5 quarts of dill pickles!
|My first Hollyhocks!|
And just to 'show off' a little, my attempt to add flowers this year has had a few snags but here are a couple of beauties!
These poor Lilies - I planted them 3 years ago and they didn't come up, forgot they were there and rototilled them last year - they barely broke the surface of the dirt! When they came up this year there were 9 instead of 4 and they are lovely aren't they? (must be pretty hardy as well!)
Looks like we may be in for a little more rain this evening so hubby is out mowing the lawn! All I can think of is that it will be damp and hot then! ugh! Oh well the plants are in hog heaven and the garden is happy and if I don't move too much in the afternoon and sit in front of the fans - it is bearable - and I do love a fresh tomato!!!