Several weeks ago, my quilty friend Chris Landis offered to come and help me work in my gardens as they have become a bit much and I got behind in all the quilt, tax, quilt show deadlines I had.
Today, Chris, and two other of my quilty friends, Lyn Mosher and Marie Wells came along with. We worked in the garden, moving, dividing, deadheading and weeding...just in the front, but we got a lot done.
(above: Cercis canadiensis "Forest Pansy" --a dark leaved form of the Eastern redbud which does really well here....I found this at the grocery store for $25 for a 5' tree. :) out went the budleia, in went the tree.)
I admit freely that I am a sucker for plants....and when they are in those oh-so-cute little pots, I have a hard time remembering that 3 years later, they will be big....can't I just slip in one more???
These are poor habits, and the last two years I have been late getting in and dividing.
I'm looking now and having to decide what needs to come out, what needs to find a home in someone elses garden and just how to simplify. Not easy for a plant addict like me.
I have to make this easier to take care of as I have what is probably going to be a very hard fight against cancer once again....and I need to NOT be so far behind. Although I don't like to use chemicals, I am going to use Preen, a synthetic version of corn gluten which inhibits germination of weeds and I am going to order another 5 yards of mulch...I'm a little hesitant on that one as after three days of heavy work, my pelvis is a little sore. I'm not sure if it is a.) old damage from the fracture I had in Sept. b.) muscular c.) evidence of the new cancer lesions. (A section of my west border in the back yard. Mixed shrubs, evergreens, small understory trees which are presently babies and many many perennials.)
At present..I'm just not going to worry about it, just try to get things under control. I think I'm going to have a very big compost heap this year. Aren't my quilty friends just the best?