In the garden again!

In the garden again!

Right after breakfast this morning I headed out to the garden to get some weeding done. The bugs were really biting so I tried something that was suggested to me in an email. I used a fabric softener sheet inside my hat and it worked to keep the bugs away. Must be something to it! I finally got the flower bed weeded completely. What a job. I took out three and a half five gallon pails full of weeds today. I still have to cultivate the soil after I add some composted manure. I got a nice surprise when weeding as I found a violet amongst the weeds, and it was blooming. I took more pictures of some other things in the other gardens. Another picture of my Iceland poppy, competing with all the dandelions. A clump of flox blooming as well as some yellow pansies with another clump of flox. Some blue pansies blooming.
Weeded Garden
weeded back garden
Violets
bloomingviolets
Iceland Poppy in Bloom
Icelandpoppy
Flowering Flox
floweringflox
Flox and yellow pansies
floxandyellowpansies
Purple pansies
purplepansies Once I got the flower garden weeded I came in for a break and then back outside to rototill the other vegetable garden and also the new patch of garden that I will be planting next year. I got a good workout and when I finally came in my hair was wet with sweat. A nice shower cleaned me up and now I am just having some down time, cooling off and relaxing. The back yard is just full of dandelions. Here is a picture just so you can see what I have to deal with.
dandelions I would like to use an herbicide but because of the water table I don't want to poison the well or the creek, so I live with the dandelions. Besides, they are only around for a few weeks and the riding mower takes care of them. That will be my job later today, to cut the back lawn. I almost forgot to mention about a plant that I have that is overrunning my small flowerbed and lawn. It is called Goutweed or snow on the mountain. It is very invasive and I recommend if you are going to plant it, then keep it contained in pots. It spreads by the root system and here is a picture of it. I may have to replace all the soil once I dig it out.
goutweed A girlfriend gave some of this plant to me a few years ago and now I have to get rid of it. I didn't know at the time how invasive it is. I am thinking of planting some under the trees along the front of the yard where the grass won't grow. I can always cut it off with the mower if it creeps onto the lawn, but I am still thinking about doing this. I would hate for it to take over the front lawn.
cherry tree

cherry tree

Pollinating ID

Pollinating ID

Yet another “What is this thing?” thread

Yet another “What is this thing?” thread

Echinacea

Echinacea

My Room

My Room

help with plant identification please!

help with plant identification please!