It's been a wild April and early May
We spent the end of April and the first week in May
Alas, no time in the garden
And the garden centers are bursting with plants.
But after breakfast this morning,
I was out and about
pulling weeds from not only the herb beds
but from between the brick paths in the herb garden
And as I thought, not only was my rosemary a casualty of the winter
But so was my bed of lavender
Sigh -- I will have to begin a new.
But a quick shower and off I went to meet a friend for
And then, after, we went to a couple of garden centers
on the hunt for plants
A boxwood in a planter
Some white angolina in the pot on the left and a succulent in the pot on the right
In front of the pots, the shoe scraper
Every garden needs one!
With the pansies in the planter, my new plantings
the garden is looking more and more groomed!
There is still a lot more work to do
And I'm busy this weekend!
In the garden, there is blooming
One of the knock out roses
Well, all of them actually, the whole line
And they are gorgeous
They didn't get their "haircut" this year
They never got pruned!
So they are especially tall and lush!
Which bookends the William Baffin rose
In may the arbor is a riot of pink and purple!
We still have to sweep the patio and bag the bushels of leaves that fell since last fall
Then and only then will the garden be ready to receive company.
But gardens are not for impatient people
for it takes time to have a pretty garden
Whether that time is in one massive weekend long block
or a little bit every day.
I'm the "little bit every day" school of gardener
As an English gentlemen said to me when we were in Cheddar, England when asked the secret to their beautiful gardens. "We tend to it a little bit every day . . . .
for hundreds of years."