second quarter report
Mulch is the big story. I bought 4 cubic yards of cedar mulch and boy does everything look nice now. My baby gardenias seem to have survived the transplant from the nursery. No veggies planted this spring. Of course the Hostas and Ferns in my shady spot are doing well, despite the slugs. I've finally cleaned up my western garden bed. My hardy hibiscus is really looking grand. And my Spiraea is starting to grow in size. The two daylilies bloomed this year for the first time, but not very much. I think they need fertilizing or working some compost into the soil. On the south side of the house my flower planting from 18 months ago is really coming along. Along with the mulch I rescued my Potentilla bush from the weeds choking it to death. My Bearded Iris didn't make it, but my Zagreb Tickseed multiplied on me and is very pretty. The 3 penstemon are doing quite nicely and my sedum aren't flowering but seem to be responding to regular watering during dry seasons. I planted 5 lilac bushes and 4 have survived so far. The one died as I didn't water the poor bare-root babies for 2 weeks after I planted them. Hopefully they'll make my compost smell a bit better for my complaining neighbor. My columnar apple trees are doing quite nice as is my blueberry bush. Strawberry plants don't seem to be yielding much in their first year. Herbs ain't going so well indoors. Plans for the next quarter: Finish mulching in the lilac bushes. Plant carrots and radishes in containers. Edge the northern and southern flower beds. Plant more indoor herbs and do it in self-watering containers.