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Can't believe I haven't written a blog entry in two years

Category: FRED - the garden | Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:02 am

I am going to try to make this year (yeah, I know I am getting a late start) the year of my blog...I miss writing here.

So, today I started cleaning up the back garden, first bed where it all started years ago with a Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina' which isn't even in that bed any longer but it's descendants are in other places all over the front and back yards. I love it.

Each Autumn I let the leaves fall where they may and provide mulch cover for the perennial roots, besides there is no way to rake up around all the plants and there are thousands of leaves from 4 Hackberrys, 2 Pecans, 3 Crepe Myrtles, one Mimosa and a variety of others that blow in from the neighborhood, ....and the old Charlie Brown TV cartoon makes a pile of Autumn leaves look way more fun than they actually are.

Today I started scraping up the leaves in the first bed and got two Foxglove, one scarlet Dianthus (I am going back for more of these) planted. The Yarrow, Echinacea, Butterfly weed, Iris, Lilies, a couple I don't remember, Daisy, Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red', Plumbago, Salvia, and assorted German Iris are coming back nicely. And a couple of things I planted last year but don't remember names for....will have to figure out what they are later.

Still needs work but I got started ( photo / image / picture from toni's Garden )

I worked on the north shade bed too but didn't take photos since there is almost nothing there to show off yet. But I will do that as soon as growing begins.

Tomorrow I will be out back again, I am determined to get that back garden looking as good as it did 6 years ago before I started working on the front yard...

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waretrop wrote on Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:11 pm:

toni, I love looking at your gardens. It is so cool that your hubby takes pictures from the roof.

When my hubby cleans the chimney, I am sending my phone up with him. Not sure what he will see but it will be interesting.

So you name your gardens with boys names? What ever made you do that?


toni wrote on Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:26 pm:

Barb, here's the explanation of the naming of my garden...


waretrop wrote on Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:59 pm:

We talked about naming our gardens and then we never talked about it again. So we refer to the "Back Gardens" and the "Up Gardens" and the "Front Gardens". I think I will chose names for each of my gardens and add labels so we will be very familiar with them. There must be 15 areas that we can classify as gardens.


toni wrote on Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:05 pm:

I have the whole back yard named FRED.
The other three garden areas really don't have a name except for the bed of HERB.


Netty wrote on Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:34 pm:

I've missed your blog posts Toni. I'm glad you are writing again :)

Greenqueen wrote on Fri May 23, 2014 6:59 pm:

Hey there, I have loads of flowers and plants in my patio and an enclosed vegetable garden. I have a huge problem. Something is eating the roses from my new rose bush. Also I have pepper plants in my vegetable garden, whole leaves are missing. Every morning I find more and more leaves missing. The stems are in tact. Can't be a deer. Please help.
How can I show u a pic?


toni wrote on Fri May 23, 2014 7:39 pm:

Greenqueen, I just sent you a PM about posting photos and questions. :)

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