There's a lot of labor in getting and keeping a garden in good order, but it's sure worth completing the chores in order to see the beauty unfold and surround you after the work is done. Besides my list, Mr. P. does a fantastic job of taking care of our lawn with his methodical weeding, trimming, mowing and blowing debris. And let's not forget that nature itself is continuously working hard to show her best.
|Fruits of Garden Labor - Mid-May|
|New Garden Glider Assemblage|
|Before & After: Garden Glider Replacements|
|Likin' the lichen: closeup of lichen growing on one of three weathered benches|
Mandevilla plants purchased at a bargain in April, stored in the sunroom until nighttime temps warmed consistently, were planted the first weekend of May. They should cover the trellis by mid-summer.
|Replacing Annual Tropicals (Mandevilla)|
One hummingbird feeder was placed in the yard mid-April. Once the first visitor was spotted on April 26th, two more feeders were readied and placed in the yard. For important information I shared last year on the unsuspecting hummingbird's predator, along with the standard, no-fail nectar recipe, please read my post here (you could save a hummingbird's life!).
Early Spring is an especially good time to stop and admire the various structures in the garden, both living and inanimate. Caution: giving pause for very long will inevitably lead to more chores added. ;)
|Structure Love in the Garden, Living and Inanimate|
|Areas of transplants and thinned out Nandina, Rozanne Geraniums, Black-Eyed Susans and Hostas|
Also in the week following Mother's Day was the peak blooming period for my azaleas this year. The Kousa dogwood trees were in sync, opening up right as the azaleas were at their peak. The photo below is the section, believe it or not, where I spent most of my time thinning out the Nandina (left of frame). The clematis tripod is entirely camouflaged in this photo (right behind the 2nd azalea from left), but will take the spotlight when it blooms in the next couple of weeks.
|First rosebud 2015, courtyard climbing roses|
|First rosebud in full bloom 2015, courtyard climbing roses|
|Spirea blossoms, salvia, bee balm, irises and knockout roses, mid-May 2015|
|First love-in-a-mist bloom 2015|
|First buttercup bloom 2015|
|Hibiscus shoots, mid-May 2015|
|Hibiscus, full-grown, from a prior year|
Speaking of containers, here's the latest on my lemon plant experiment since my last update - slow and steady, they're still pushing new growth.
|Lemon plant Experiment, mid-May 2015|
Are you getting spring-time garden chores checked off your list yet? Do you pace your work or go at it all at once? Do you stop to enjoy the process, take photos and make garden notes?
As always, thanks for your visit!
Rita C. at Panoply(A special thanks to Kathryn at The Dedicated House, "Make It Pretty Monday", for featuring this post!)
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