My body screams at me, “You’re killing me!”, I retort, “Oh shut up- look how much more needs to be done. I promise I’ll soak you in a hot tub when todays work is all over”. I drag it to the waiting shovels and trowel – seeming instruments of torture, but actually the tools of reclamation and revival.
That could be the scenario of this past week. Weeded, dug, hilled up – the replacement of the lavender hedge is accomplished. I put in the small plants and filled the spaces with ageratum so things won’t look so bare this year. As you can see with the picture this should now be called my pathway of rue… which is is blooming quite well and covered with buzzing insects. The grass is worse for wear with all the clumps of weeds and old lavender carcasses that were thrown upon it, but grass is never my main interest anyway. I planted three types of lavender in the empty spaces, and have watered regularly since we did not get the thunderstorms that split to the north and south of us.
I pulled out lots of the Annabelle hydrangea, and pruned out the heavy losses on the Shasta viburnums; they were hurt the most from the late frosts. No, I take that back- the Tom Thumb cotoneasters were hurt the worst, but I haven’t gotten to them for pruning yet.
I have finally been cleaning out the pond and weeded the area- had to pull out numerous small trees from the gardens. That is what happens when you let things go! We had to buy a new pump for the filter, and I looked at the goldfish which I will buy …soon! Soon, soon, surely 🙂 I always have to buy more than I think the pond needs- since invariably we lose some to cat snacks. The water lily made it through, but I don’t have any of the other plants, so I will need to find those at this late date.
When everything is back to good order I will take pictures. Backing the pond area is the Dawn Viburnum- I had to prune huge branches out of that, they had died back terribly, probably because they had been blooming and leafing out when the hard frost hit. It does open the area up for more light. That is the most positive thing I can say.
Today I went to Inniswood Garden and took a few pictures, looked at their needlework display and enjoyed the stroll around their garden. There is the most interesting herbal garden there and they have numerous sorts of lavenders and thymes in several different ways of display. There is a bed raised to eye view with lavenders footed by thymes and backed with numerous other herbs, there is the usual circular thyme lawn and a Bible garden with an octagonal garden building. An arbor enters one side of the garden which has several pathways- it is chock full of good planting ideas. I didn’t take many pictures there, though- it was too sunny of an afternoon, and too many people. I just enjoyed the experience- sometimes that is the best way to live your life, don’t you think? Just living in the moment. In the garden.