You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day

While I was taking photos for my front yard tour post, I noticed how much needed to be done on my Front Porch Rose Garden. So yesterday I finished weeding it, moved a daylily from under a rose out to the front and mulched. I also cut an edge between garden and grass with my little hand hoe thingie (that's the technical term).

While I was weeding in front of group of 'Happy Returns' daylilies, I noticed some tiny daylilies in front of them. After going back through my hand-written garden notebooks, I discovered I planted 'Little Grapette' daylilies there. That made me all excited. I can't wait to see how that all looks this year. It's really good to have those notebooks to go back to for reference. I need to make sure I keep up with writing stuff like that down this year.

The lovely edge.

Iris 'It's Magic'.

I was feeling all ambitious, so I dug an edge around my St. Francis garden too. I thought I'd been outside a couple hours. I looked at time, and I had been working over four hours. I was so tired and sore last night I could barely move. I am not back into that kind of gardening shape yet.

Another thing that bothered me was the front of my St. Francis Garden being so bare. I swear every year there is a blank area at the front of this bed, because I can't figure out what to plant. I couldn't take it another gardening season! So I went to Lowes this morning and bought ten Angelonia plants (Angelonia angustifolia 'Serena Series'). I actually planted them right away when I got home. Yay me. Angelonia is my signature annual (That was supposed to sound all Southern Uppity. Ha.).

It looks so much better.

I'm trying to take time out of gardening to actually enjoy how beautiful everything is looking. It's just overwhelming to me. I have trouble with the fleeting beauty of flowers. I get sad about how temporary it all is. I really should have been setting up my easel and painting it all. At least I'm taking photos though, right?

In the Garden of Good and Evil.

'Cl. Margot Koster' rose on pillar.

Roses blooming:
'Mme. Laurette Messimy' (Front Porch Rose Garden)

'Pat Austin' (Garden of Good and Evil) This was my first rose many years ago. I still love the colors of it.

'Lilian Austin' (Secret Garden)

The many faces of 'William R. Smith' (Flower Girl Hill)

'Leonie Lamesch' (St. Francis Garden)

'Mme. Charles' (behind pond)

'Mons. Tillier' (Pond Hill)

'Clementina Carbonieri' (Pond Hill)

I have a few clematises. There not at their growing best though, because I've never pruned them. I need to remember and not be afraid to do that when it's time.

'Multi Blue' (Lady Banks arbor)

'Dr. Ruppel' (St. Francis Garden)

'Nelly Moser' (Secret Garden, on pillar with rose 'Phyllis Bide')

'Belle of Woking' (Garden of Good and Evil)

'Will Goodwin' (Secret Garden, with rose 'Teasing Georgia')
This is my favorite clematis.

Here's my faux Blue Heron. It looks real from a distance. I don't like it, but it'll be worth it if it saves my koi. This area behind my pond is a giant mess. I'm embarrassed to even be posting this photo. We're supposed to be getting a load of rock tomorrow for the waterfall and to replace the gravel around the pond. Lots of work!

My current flower obsession is daylilies. I really do have the daylily lust. I've been going through my old notebooks, making a list of the daylilies I have. I've looked at zillions of pictures online, making my daylily wishlist. It's way too long. I am going to order a few though. Now the impossible task of narrowing it down...