Spring, Spring, Doing Your Thing

Spring is fully underway. A lot of the Daffodils in our yard are blooming or past blooming, there are still some coming up though. My Peonies are readying their blossoms more and more each day. Looks like they’ll be early this year (like many of the flowering trees were.) I have also gotten my Hosta plants out of the overly weedy bed they were in. They now reside in two large pots temporarily. I’m trying to un-weed another area for them.

Varigated Hosta Potted .:. Solid Hosta Potted

We have an October Glory Maple Tree in the front yard. My Peonies are planted beside it. This area we call “the berm” … it’s raised up, I want to beef it up quite a bit, restore it to the semi-glory it once had, and make it better than ever. I’m hoping to get the hosta tucked into it somewhere nice and shady for the most part.

I have some other bulbs to plant, summer blooming things. I want, have always wanted, a really good perennial 4-season set-up … I struggle getting it to come to fruition. So I’m mostly right now hoping to really work on the berm for the first major time since the early 2000’s. My Peonies will be here for the last time this year. I want to move them to a different spot. That will be later though. So now it’s:

  • Get the weeds out (grassy horrid things for the most part, runners … ugh.)
  • Add organic material
  • Add soil
  • Add bulbs
  • Plant Hosta
  • Plant sunflower seeds
  • Plant some other seeds
  • Get more bulbs (especially Fall, an d also Winter [if there are any for this area]

We got my Knock Out Rose bushes planted last weekend, finally. They were bought in 2010 and never put into the ground. Thankfully they lived alright over the course of the year until now. They are now happy coffee drinkers (coffee grounds buried with them) and are really starting to get where they are suppose to. Many blooms will be opening in the next few days.

Knock Out Roses Recently PlantedI have another Knock Out Rose bush that is in a planter we bought last year, full of plants already. Only it lasted, and something else growing under it, some kind of snapdragon sort of looking thing. That rose bush is flourishing. It looked pretty good already, but I gave it some coffee as well, and it visible got nicer the few days afterward. It’s got a ton of bloom blooming, and setting more.

Knock Out Roses 2011I’ve got lots of pictures on Flickr of the roses from this year. I also planted a few garlic cloves in the planter, they are sending up shoots and sending down roots. I’ll put some out by my other roses too I think. Aphids are not nice, we had some earlier, they seem to have gone away with my vinegar treatment and the rain we have had. I keep my eyes on them. Last year was my first with any roses that grow. No aphids then. Early spring, that’s when they appeared, I didn’t have these plants in early Spring last year, so I will look for a patter in coming times. Also of note is this year’s earliest  spring we have had since living here, most notably in how all the plants have responded.

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