Continuing work in the beds. I have cleared out a lot of the shade bed. I wasn’t thinking I would get to much of that this year, but we have been making such great progress this spring. I had some astilbe roots to plant, so early in the spring I cleared a section and then finished the rest later. Here is what it looked like last year:
What a mess! There really wasn’t much salvagable in there. Lots of weeds and a couple grape vines, which were old and not great. The bush there on the left had been cut in half and was bare on one side, so that came out. I did keep a few daylilies and some Virginia creeper.
I also found a tick on me after working in this area. Not really a surprise there, but it is good to get this cleaned out.
Here is it cleared out. Still some stuff popping up after I got the beds cleared, but without mulch that is going to happen.
I was pondering what to do here and John suggested a water feature! I hadn’t even thought of that. It is close to the house, so running electric wouldn’t be too hard. That would be pretty cool.
Those hostas in the background. Now that they have filled out, I remember why I didn’t like them so much. They are huge and need dividing.
I thought I would show one of my favorite tools for gardening. It’s one that I use every time I go out for all kinds of stuff. You know how inside I love the taping knife because of its versatility. Same thing with this tool. It’s called a Cape Cod weeder.
I use it for more than weeding, but it does a great job at that. You can use the pointed end to uproot taproot weeds, or lay it on its side like this to scrape surface weeds:
See? Makes quick work of it.
It’s easy to get around and under plants with this.
My snapdragons are just starting to bloom in the front. I got the rocket ones, which are going to get several feet tall.
These are at the very front of our sidewalk. My hope is to put a peony on each side in this spot. Maybe this fall.
This weekend is the big craft festival in town. I can walk there this year, which is pretty neat. No worries about parking! I am going to look for garden stuff and a walking stick if that particular vendor is there this year. Have a great weekend!