Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bloom Day In The Garden Becoming

I have been on a weeding marathon all weekend after working a full week. I'm actually a bit over booked and could, maybe should, be doing work kind work on the weekends to catch up. I try not to do that because I have other things that need doing.

The result is me being wore out, a bit crabby and saying something I regret. I know I should rest, but I am a man possessed. My maintenance gardener self wants this place weeded of the unwanteds now. Reality says it will take me a decade. My patience was at a low ebb.

I did spray a number of thick patches of the Clematis virginiana to try and make some extra headway. In the big picture they are just little bits of the garden. The weeding continues unabated.

I weed away the unwanted thugs to give the wanted a chance to fill in. So lets have a look at a sample of the wanted for June's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

The Ox-Eye Daisies are having a good year.

Rose Campion has settled in and has begun to self sow.

This little native, Houstonia purpurea shows up quite a bit on freshly cleared ground.

The Silene virginica that followed me home survived an onslaught of slugs to bloom profusely.

One Kniphofia has been divided into many over the years. Now I will let them get big.

The yellow Louisiana Iris are winding down.

The new Dan Hinkley hydrangea is still a baby shrubbery. It is listed to get to a size of 5x5. I'm liking the bloom. I wonder if it will have fall color.

This Rodgersia pinnata followed me home as a tiny piece of rhizome. Three years later it is big enough to bloom. I added two more patches of Rodegersia into the shade section of the garden becoming in the last month. Big foliage stands out better in the Lush.

The roadside wild flower bed gathers momentum. The Canterbury Bells are in full bloom and more chicory blooms every day. Dashes of daisies and fleabane join in.

I never expected the Canterbury Bells, Campanula medium, to become self sowing biennials that would compete with the Lush. It has been a nice surprise.

A Meidiland Rose blooms at the entrance to the roadside vegetable garden.

The vetching vetch, beautiful and invasive, surrounds the vegetable garden. It invaded one of the strawberry patches and drastic measures were taken to evict it. Now, how to keep it out of the strawberry patch?

We're headed into the sunny utility meadow next where there is more and where I spent my weekend weeding marathon, but this feels like the first year I have been able to do a full Bloom Day post from the garden becoming and have not had to borrow the wild cultivated gardens next door. I must be making progress.

Is this a Japanese Roof iris blooming beside the stream?

More Ox-Eye Daisies.

And there are Foxglove in the sunny utility meadow.

Two colors of Foxglove.

All the way over at the wild cultivated gardens the first of the lilies have started to bloom. I am weeding in that direction now.

Then I will swing back and start weeding again in the garden becoming until only the wanted are left. Patience. Rest. This is the rest of our lives. It should be enjoyed even with the imperfections.

If you have not already been, be sure to visit Bloom Day Central at May Dreams Gardens. From there you can visit hundreds of blooming gardens from around the world.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those imperfections make us realize how far we have come in our garden. Yours looks great this GBBD. Try to get some rest. We don't want you having a meltdown.

Lea said...

All blooming beautifully!
Have a wonderful week!
Lea's Menagerie

Lola said...

Looking good. Rest must be there to continue.

Phillip Oliver said...

It all looks good - I bet N.C. is gorgeous right now.