The garden's gone out of control this week, & I'm loving its enthusiasm.
1. To its own devices.
This bed hasn't been touched since last autumn & it's doing fine without me. Keep in mind, this was lawn when I started last spring, which shows what plants'll do if left to it.
There's self seeded forget-me-nots in the back, a swath of yellow calendula to the left, self seeded from a few starters last year. The foliage in front of them is allium getting ready to open, with the spirea to their right. Along the bottom, a coupla dark orange calendula, again self seeded, & one red tulip photobomb. That dot of pink among the bamboo sticks is the beginnings of the sweet stock. Lastly, an achillea in front of the sweet stock & some type of iris below that.
Not garden show quality, but very nice to work next to while I'm . . .
2. Fire pit bed.
. . . edging the fire pit bed.
Amazing how much the brickwork grows over in one season when you don't trim after each mow.
3. Bargain basement acers.
The acers've been similarly low maintenance, beyond getting fed. Here's the red one . . .
. . . and here's the whatever colour you might call this. Neon fire, perhaps.
These were the 2 for £5 some of us got last autumn. Really pleased with them.
P. Aztec has begun its bloom cycle.
When re-potting the pellies a coupla weeks ago, I decided to put Aztec in with Lord Bute, as they bloomed at the same time last year.
Lord B's buds are just opening, so I do expect some dueling blooming.
5. Queen of the mattress spring trellis.
The most exciting thing about getting a new mattress is being able to dissect the old one for the springs. It stymied me slightly to learn that 10 years ago, mattress springs were individually packaged.
Un-pocketing them is nice mindless work that ultimately keeps the mattress out of the landfill AND provides trellis material for the berry wands.
I wasn't quite sure how to connect them, so made it a project to do between other more pressing things, trying out this idea, that idea. Then the wands shot up & quick action was needed, so I've been trellising like mad. The best trellis making method is as yet undiscovered.
6. Doodle Pool plants.
Mlle DoodleFace's pool has always sported a bamboo rescue ramp for critturs that might fall in. Last year, I planted Creeping Jenny & London Pride in it . . .
. . . both of which are looking healthy & colourful at the moment. The basket is filled with miniature bullrushes.
Here's a close up of the little fuzzy cat tails, about the size of my pinky finger nail.
And that's my Six.
Hope this finds everyone well & able to source compost.
Thanks for stopping by!