Mulch! Yay!

Mulch! Yay!

*whew!* I just spent most of my afternoon mulching all the garden beds. At the beginning of the summer, I added tons of peat moss and other goodies to our soil, and that seemed to help a lot. However, I've been battling with moisture issues! Because of some large trees in the centers of our gardens, even a *really good* watering was leaving the gardens parched in the afternoon. SO I finally figured that mulching was probably a good idea. We had several downed trees two years ago, and my boyfriend ran them through a chipper. We let that sit for two years, and have started using it as mulch around our place. It may not be as pretty as mulch you buy from a store, but it sure made my flowers happy! -------- Question for you garden gurus - in the newly mulched area, I have several herbs that I think might not like that much moisture: rosemary, thyme and lavender. The lavender has yet to grow beyond what it looked like when I first planted it back in June - so I'm thinking that there's little hope for that guy, probably just too darned wet around my area! However, the rosemary and thyme seem to be doing decently. Will the mulch adversely affect them? They've probably tripled in size from when I planted them in June, but they didn't grow quite as much as I expected them to. Will they overwinter in my zone? I'm in Western Pennsylvania. Thanks in advance!! Oh - and something random/cute. I had an overall rough week, mainly due to the loss of a dear friend from my college days - my boyfriend did the sweetest thing to cheer me up. He bought me three huge containers of mums, just the most beautiful colors. Yay for flowery gifts...
It’s lovely, but what the heck is it??

It’s lovely, but what the heck is it??

Tree ID?

Tree ID?

Our Garden

Our Garden

Savory Chicken Crescents

Savory Chicken Crescents

Yuck!!!

Yuck!!!

I STINK at identifying trees! :-(

I STINK at identifying trees! :-(