Friday, July 14, 2006

Garden Updates

I'm still sometimes amazed when I'm weeding or watering and I stand up and see the yard as others must see it. I can't really bring myself to be humble about our landscaping. I think we've done an amazing job. I wish I had more time to putz around, move things, etc. Sometimes I second guess our choices, but really the only thing I would probably do differently is to have put down some dang landscaping cloth when we did all of the plantings! I plan to start to do that next year before we re-mulch, but it will be a long process. If we're still here. I've got too much going on in my head to write much without going on forever, so I'll share some pictures instead.

The kids planted a hummingbird mix this year, and we got the most beautiful little patch of flowers! I've never seen one of those mixes turn out so well. These pink poppies are stunning.

The rain garden is coming along nicely. It's draining properly, but we got a double dose of rain this week so we'll see how well it handles the saturation.

This is the "prairie" we installed at the side of the house is also doing well.

The front bed along the house. We've had so many monarchs this year, and if I'm not mistaken we've finally lured a chipmunk! I wish the yarrow would stand up, then this bed would be nearly perfect.

We have two great clumps of black-eyed susans. They're one of my favorites.


e4 said...

Wow, your garden beds look awesome. Better than awesome.

I'm going to have to read up on rain gardens again. Cool idea.

Oh, and I don't know if this will work for you, but instead of landscape cloth, I sometimes use plain old newspaper (or occasionally cardboard) under mulch. It doesn't last forever, but it will keep the weeds down for a couple years, and by then, hopefully the beds are pretty well established and shade out the weeds.

Beo said...

Mia sense of beauty is amazing-an external manifestation of her inner (and outer!) self.

Our symbiotic gardening relationship is a perfect-I love to study, dig and build-and Mia is truly gifted at planting, nuturing and pruning. To think 18 months ago those black-eyed susans were seeds! Nature is truly inspiring:what change can I manifest in the next year and a half?