Has anyone else on the East Coast had enough rain?
The sun finally came out today, after nearly three weeks of rain, clouds and
cold. Some of the glads are finally poking theirs heads above the ground,
and I'm anxiously awaiting my peonies - I planted a root in the same bed.
Hope he hasn't drowned, or I didn't plant him too deep!
Now that the rain has stopped, I've put nearly all my plants out to the yard
(to the delight of my husband - my porch was starting to look just a tad
overgrown). I have a giant boulder in my yard (which I love), around and on
which I've planted many things; if even half of them start growing, it's
going to look amazing. I have four clematis plants that I potted from roots,
two planted around the base of the boulder, two on top, morning glories from
seeds around the top, and lots of pansies. Also have sedum that my
mother-in-law gave me from her PEI garden, as well as candytufts, gold
alyssum, sweet william, snow-in-summer, cushion spurge and bleeding hearts.
I got busy yesterday putting them in the ground once I got home from work,
so happy to see the sun! All of these are planted around my boulder. I have
creeping phlox on top of it, some that I bought last year that's growing
well, some that I just transplanted yesterday from a friend's garden. She
just essentially raked up some that was growing where it shouldn't have
been, wasn't careful about it - I assumed she knew what she was doing and
I'm very hopeful that it will grow! I put the roots under some fresh black
earth, weighed it down with some smaller rocks so it won't blow away.
We bought our first house just under two years ago (a month before a
hurricane struck us head on, a week after our 2003 wedding!), and this is
the first year I've really tried to do anything with the yard other than
grow grass. Wish I could get my husband interested in this stuff, but I
guess I should be grateful that he mows without complaint.
Some rather nice plants came with the house, and they're doing much better
this year than last. There is a Euonymus (I think!), which I cut back quite
a lot in early spring after a lot of snow damage. Since then it sprouted out
so much new greenery, it's looking terrific. :) The forsythia, I didn't
realize that my whole hedge was made of it, it bloomed wonderfully this
year, must have pruned it at the right moment.