Monday, April 02, 2007

Garden Sunday

Had a full day in the garden yesterday with wonderful weather...if a bit warm. Accomplished much, but of course, there is so much more to be done. Even as one chore is completed, another 2 or 3 are added to the list.

The weigelia is in full bloom, although this picture shows it rather beaten down by Saturday's rain. I attempted to get pictures of both bumble and honey bees on the blossoms, but the little buggers wouldn't stay still.

The vegetable garden is completed, but more may be added later. Right now, there are tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, parsley, cilantro, dill, eggplant. Fee and I can't understand where the zucchini and crookneck squash plant disappeared to. We evidently left them in the cart. Duh!

But until I get another space prepared, there isn't a place for them right now, anyway.

In Saturday's gardening section, several gardeners listed invasive plants they wish they'd never planted. I have most of them and several they didn't mention.

The list included Homestead Purple Verbena, Queen Ann's Lace, mint (I've got several), Chinese Chives--all of which I love, but battle with every year.

They didn't mention monarda, lamb's ears, achillea, lemon balm and a few others that must be strictly thinned and controlled.

The grapevine is doing well; what a difference a week makes in the spring. Studded with tiny grapes about the size of seed beads, it will give much pleasure to the birds again this year. We never get any, but we have happy birds.

A good day, but exhausting. I've already been out this morning, checking the list and adding to it.


  1. This post made me sneeze!! :)

  2. What a lovely place you have, JenClair! Your grape arbor is wonderful...and it looks like a magical place to garden. :D

  3. I love Queen Anne's Lace. We don't have it here so I am always happy to see it when I get to my house in NY each year...It reminds me of my mom who taught me to love it...that and my peonies that can be glorious...

  4. Lovely garden. A winemaker in Napa grows 20% more grapes because he says he will lose 20% to the birds. Rather than putting up things to keep the birds away, he just lets them have their 20%.

  5. Spring is just the best time, and gardens are the best places to be!

  6. Gerrie - Bless You!

    Angie - It is wonderful in the spring, but by summer, the heat/humidity = miserable!

    Debby - Fran is another Queen Anne's Lace fan. I'd love to see your peonies. You'll have to post pictures when you get there!

    Rian - Sounds like a good deal to me! I don't really care about the is more the idea of the vine that I love. When it comes back to live it is such a quick transformation into green.

    margaret - Oh, I agree!

  7. Beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing!


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