Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Secret Garden, April and May 2009


By the end of April, my German Bearded Iris had faded (but only for the time being, since I have rebloomers). Now, my Amaryllis have come in and are still blooming. My Daylilies have just begun. They'll reach their peak about the first of June and continue until Fall. But, that'll be for next month's blog.

As far as blogging about about my garden in April... once had to suffice, both then and now. I am too busy working. Spring is work time. All flowering shrubs such as forsythia or azaleas must be cut back within six weeks of their blooms ending so that the blooms for next year aren't obliterated by the prunning. Same for wisteria. This doesn't even cover the grass which just topped my knees.

There are also the flower beds to be cleaned. When you live on dirt which could truthfully be spelled c-o-n-c-r-e-t-e, one must weed while the gound is soaked by the Spring storms or it doesn't do a bit of good. Roots left in the ground multiply. And, for heaven's sake, don't forget preventing errosion! Holes must be filled, and liriope planted on hillsides. The liriope comes out of the beds which are being cleaned, and... it's a never ending circle.

Then there is the vegetable garden. This year we moved it under the bedroom window because of the deer. We had very fat dear last year when the garden was away from the house. We got three tomatoes, and the deer got the rest, as well as the squash, the peppers, the eggplants, and the mellons. I hate Bambi! The Supreme Poodle Pasha Zackery has his work cut out for him this year. Keep the deer away or no lasagna, dog! Don't tell me that you weren't warned.
And MaxieCat, don't even think about letting up on Chip and Dale! The first time that I see one of my plants disappear down a hole, you are getting the terrible lecture, cat!
And people wonder why my children don't respect me!

Hoping your Spring is wonderful too,

Frances

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5/19/2009 Garden Update:
The Peonies have finished blooming and the Confederate Jasmine is in full fragrance. Gee it smells good around here. :-)
Frances

4 comments:

Laura Herbertson said...

You'll laugh at this - we built a vegetable garden, complete with fencing and top soil. I planted 20 pepper plants and 15 tomato plants....Then the leaves filled in on the trees. Our garden is 100% completely in the shade!

Frances said...

Laura,

That is too funny. I'm so sorry. I shouldn't be laughing. After the deer eating all our plants last we had to do something. My patio is under the north bedroom window, and my roomate was complaining that it wouldn't get any sunlight. I had to remind her that she was looking at it in the middle of the winter. Now it's getting lots of sunshine.

I don't use A/C and keep the windows open with the Attic Fan on. That is why the Supreme Poodle Pasha Zackery should do a fine job of guarding the veggies...he smells the deer and must chase them away. Makes him feel very self-important, you know. LOL

Heather Massey said...

There are flower beds to be cleaned? Uhh...*checks watch*...I just remembered a very important appointment...best of luck with that project!

Frances said...

LOL, Heather, you shirker. Still giggling.