Spring is springing here, so I've been working like crazy in the garden(s). We have a large raised bed vegetable garden, and this year I decided to create a flower garden as well. We had this big gravel area with a fire pit that we just didn't use and it was terrible trying to weed in the gravel. So I removed all of the gravel and tilled it and amended the soil. I've been starting flowers (I hope I'm successful!) and planting some seed.
Now. We just never used the gravel firepit, it just took up a prime location.
I have these lovely clumps of peonies. They gorgeous. I will be separating them this fall, but for now I'm just looking forward to blossoms. There are rose bushes as well, which we (over) pruned this winter. But I think that most will be better for it. I'm planning on a little table or bench on the little gravel spot to the left. Wish me luck! I'll post pictures if I ever get it to look all crazy country garden. It might take a few years. I think that is the hardest part about this for me. The hardest and probably the most beneficial. I am a planner by nature, but I'm also someone who likes instant gratification. Being forced to let go of my own agenda and proceed according to a different timeline has been very informative. I'm trying to relax into, and let go of being in control. Since I can't FORCE the flowers to grow, all I could do is make myself go crazy.
Indian Prince Calendula
Shasta crazy daisy
English red tip daisy (habanera)
New York Aster
Blue and white balloon flower (fingers crossed)
Two types of poppies (not sure if those will come up...)
red lighthouse salvia
and for instant gratification, cosmos and zinnias (annuals). There is also a hosta in one corner and a hydrangea that I will probably have to move.
And I have a spot along the driveway that I'm going to plant a shade wildflower mix. I hope that works out too. I'll plant it now, and then seed it again in the fall.
And I've planted a wormwood bush! And A little square of elven thyme. And I'm planning on getting some dahlia bulbs. But I won't be planting those until late April. And then I'm going to plant anenome bulbs in the fall. I love windflowers.
Well, I hope you skipped past all of that gardening business, if it bores you. :-)