We've been working on a new stone project for the last several weeks; I've been updating a separate post about it every time we work on it, so one of these days I will be posting a start-to-finish post of the 'Thing' as we call it right now. (You know our tendency to name gardens, right? Well, 'Thing' isn't the most catchy name, I'll have to work on that.)
|The 'Thing' bed (in progress) is behind the Pachyberm, when (or if) we get it done, I'll post the story.|
The weather was very unsettled today, one minute it was raining, then the sun would come out, but before long thunder was rumbling in the distance and we were back to rain. Around 1PM the rain more or less dissipated, and we were able to go out and get something done. Carl started working on the stone 'thing' project and I was weeding and thinning out ailing annuals and trimming back perennials. Whenever Carl needed help with a stone he was moving, he would yell for me and I would drop what I was doing to go and help him.
|The sky behind this Maiden Grass wasn't looking too sunny, weed faster!|
As I was weeding and deadheading along, I came to the realization that I wasn't going to get as much done as I needed to, so Carl put the tractor away and came to help me weed. Thank goodness! Even with the two of us working together, we didn't get through the entire garden. This place is just too big.
Earlier this year, we had transplanted a tamarack tree out front but I guess we didn't do a good job or maybe it was due to all the rain, but the tamarack died. We had another tree waiting in the wings, an ironwood that we bought way back in April, so today we decided it was time to get that tree planted. There's Carl, in the picture below, putting the finishing touches on the new tree.
Carl said I was back to my GADS tendencies again because we didn't need to plant the tree today, we needed to get the weeding and tidying done. He was right, but I 'm glad the tree is planted anyway.
Since this is also a Blooming Tuesday post, I guess I could show you the little flower bed out in front of the house a bit closer up. I know my choice of color scheme is a bit odd, especially this time of year when the sedums are pink with the red celosia, but for most of the rest of the year when the sedums are green, it doesn't clash so badly.
There are one hundred Celosia 'Fresh Look Red' planted in this little bed. I've been starting them from seed and planting them here for over a decade now, but I think next year I will be planting something different, though they really do show up from the road.
When you see the Autumn Joy next to the pink granite rock, at least they don't clash!
August 2009, the big rock arrives. Just one on this load, but it is heavy! Funny how it looks kinda small when surrounded by flowers.
There's Dave and me, back in 2009, checking out the big rock (and wondering how we will ever move it!) We finally placed it in the Red Bed (yes, named because of my red celosia, I told you we have lame names for our beds)
|Can you see the big granite rock lurking near the upper left-hand side of the picture?|
Ok, I've given everyone enough indigestion with my Red Bed (and pink) color scheme; moving on.......
Carl and I weeded and pruned our way all through the Front Bed (yup, named because it's in front of the house) and then went to work behind the house. I lost track of how many trailers full of weeds and pruning material we had today; I just know it was a LOT.
By the time we got to the Formal Garden, it was nearing 5PM and the mosquitoes were absolutely awful; I had to quit working down there. I don't remember a year when they were this bad. I was walking the doggies the other night and the sound of the swarms whining overhead was unnerving...just think if they all ganged up on you at once?! Despite being bitten relentlessly, even though we were wearing bug spray, we kept working near the Escarpment Bed (named because we piled a bunch of limestone rocks in here after the Quarry Garden was built---that name is self-explanatory....ha)
The tree in the background is a Japanese garden juniper trained up a stick. I also planted another juniper of the same kind in front of it on the flat part and it is wandering over the rocks. When I was weeding here this afternoon, I just had to take a picture of the yellow 'Skylands' spruce in contrast with the grasses and 'Neon' sedums:
|Escarpment Bed & 'Skylands' spruce|
I just didn't have time to set up my pictures as well as I'd like to because the mosquitoes were having a field day biting me and it's hard to hold the camera still when you're under attack.
The far end of the Escarpment and one of the last rudbeckias left in this bed.
Joel mowed lawn today for me and also did the edging over by the tufa walls; I have to remember to get over there and pick up the sod. Hopefully, if it is windy tomorrow morning, I'll be able to finish up in the Formal Garden before the visitors arrive at 3:30 PM.
I did manage to finish weeding the 'Fountain Lady' bed----(stop laughing)
Finally, we had to call it quits, it started to rain again and the mosquitoes were calling in their reinforcement troops. By this time it was 7PM, so we really didn't have that much daylight left anyway. Cody and Briana came over tonight and Ann and her daughter stopped in too, so we had a lot of fun visiting with all of them.
There's always tomorrow, er, today....(since it's 2:00AM already, I guess I'd better get some sleep) to get the rest of the yard tour worthy. Wish me luck!
And don't forget to check out what everyone else has blooming over at Jean's Bloomin' Tuesday! Just click on the pretty orange sunflower link located on the right side!