This weekend the weather was ideal for working in the garden. Highs today were in the 70s and was still 69°F at 8:00 pm. Even warmer weather is forecast for the week.
On Friday afternoon I visited a favorite garden center, checking out each and every offering and finally bringing home mostly more of my same favorites. Last year Alyssum, an annual, bloomed well into winter so I decided to use it this year again to fill in. I chose a pretty violet, rather than white.
At the store I figured out exactly why I needed each plant and where it would go, but once home I could not match ideas to reality, so most are still unplanted. No regrets, but in fact I still need to focus on cleaning up the perennial beds and mulching. This task that has taken much too long.
The sunny, warm weather this weekend helped motivate me though and I was able to make some progress, but the beds need serious renovation. I expected just to pull weeds and spread the mulch but there are many plants that have become so overgrown and entwined with neighboring plants, it is taking a long time to clear small spaces. Daylily, tradescantia, bog sage, another unknown type of salvia, perennial sweet pea and columbine are the biggest offenders this year. Tansy and yarrow are also getting out of hand. The soil looks beautiful though and I am finding lots of earthworms this year.
It was satisfying to spend the daylight hours outside. This time of year there are no mosquitoes, no air conditioners humming. It is pleasantly quiet and peaceful.
3- Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’
6- Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Violet’ (annual)
1- Creeping Lemon Thyme
1- Dianthus ‘Early Bird Frosty’ (White) –blue-silver leaves
6- Dianthus ‘Ideal Select White’
6- Dianthus ‘Ideal Select Red’
1- Diascia ‘Dala Desal’ (annual)
1- Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage) (Mainacht) [synonym Salvia × sylvestris 'May Night' (Meadow sage)]
6- Iberis ‘Purity’ (despite their poor performance last year)
10- Angelonia ‘Purple’ (annual)