I wasn't sure if I was going to even attempt gardening this year. The returning flowers and bushes seemed to be doing just fine on their own. I considered just letting them do their own thing with no intervention from me.
But then I realized that would mean no tomatoes straight from the garden, or the plethora of crookneck squash I always end up with and I would really miss my peas.
That pulled me out of my gardening funk just enough to request a full week off after Memorial Day as opposed to my regular two extra days and I got most of my gardening chores done - chores that I could have been doing gradually all Spring instead of wearing myself out trying to do it all at once. I can only hope I learn from this year and never put off the work this long again.
But enough with that downer BS. Here's some pictures of what I had to start with and how it all turned out last week.
|My Left Bed in Early April. Eww.|
|My Left Bed before any work was done - plants look pretty good, don't they?|
|Left Bed after weeding and mulching and adding a few new plants|
|Left Bed from a different angle. I prefer this Brown mulch to the Red mulch I usually get.|
|My new Hosta - Twilight. And no, I did not buy this because of those terrible books.|
|No before pics on this - my shade garden is filling in very well. You can't see it in this picture but all of the Astilbe plants are budding this year.|
|The Iris Bed, recovering well after the chipmunks ate all of the early Spring growth right down to the tubers.|
|The corner bed - only one Dianthus plant returned so I filled it in with Marigolds and a big Bee.|
|My new front corner bed - I laid brown paper bags down and covered them with a thick layer of mulch. Hopefully the bags will have broken down by next Spring and I can plant here.|
|The Right bed in early April. Again - ewww|
|The Right bed last week before any work was done. The Rhododendron gave me flowers this year. Yay!|
|The Right bed after weeding, mulching and adding new plants|
|The South bed in Early April - see all the mole tunnels? Grrr.|
|The South bed before any work was done - the Wild Rose Bush was escaping the fence and the weeds were awful.|
|The South bed after weeding and taming the Rose Bush|
|The South bed from a different angle. I need to fill in those empty gaps|
|The Strawberries survived the winter.|
|I really let the vegetable garden go - it was full of weeds, some over a foot tall by the time I finally did anything to it.|
|The vegetable garden all done. I used Brown mulch in the top and bottom beds. The middle still had its mulch from last Summer and I didn't need to add any.|