Six on Saturday – Making Progress – May 4, 2019

It hit 85 degrees Farenheit on Thursday.  Those kind of temperatures mean I am in the garden in the morning after my yoga class, long pants tucked into my socks to deter deer ticks and a hat to keep the sun off my face. I’m inside by 10.

  1. One of the new trellises by the shed is now twined with a Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose.  This is its third year and it’s finally taking off. It’s hard to see but there are lots of buds. The brand new trellis has been planted with Carolina Jessamine, a climbing yellow jasmine. Both will take some years to cover the trellises, but I was glad to find the jasmine at The Village Market in St. Michaels and get them in the ground. I had to use my Root Slayer shovel to dig the holes as this is close to the river birches we took out last fall and I ran into lots of roots. I am hoping the neighbor’s boat goes in the water soon.

2. I try to give my neighbors a good view. The Major Wheeler honeysuckle is blooming facing their yard not mine. I have to confess that was not the original plan.

3. The ninebark is beginning to bloom. It’s the only dark leafed shrubs I have. They are not my favorite and this one always blended into the shadows of the river birch. It is much more visible now.


4. Clematis Abilene is covered with open blooms this week.

5. The Roseum Elegans rhododendron survived the winter and is showing off. Some winters I lose most of the buds. After eleven years this is now a decent sized shrub on one corner of the house.

6. Finally a bit of garden housekeeping. The husband helped me add some hose extensions to the drip irrigation system. The timers need to be removed in the winter when we shut the system down and then replaced in the spring. What we really needed were better hose bibs but I had a piece of hose I’d been saving for someday staking a tree and it was enough to cut up and do the three extensions. $36 at the hardware store for the fittings. We had to soften the hose in a pot of boiling water to get the fittings into the hose, but we didn’t have to call a plumber.

That’s my Six on Saturday. There are still more housekeeping chores but we are making progress. This meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.






15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Making Progress – May 4, 2019

  1. It’s a shame for the honeysuckle, it’s very beautiful … and you can’t enjoy it but as it must smell wonderfully good… I guess the scent must reach your nose…isn’t it?
    Clematis abilene.. a stunner !


  2. You garden is recovering well from all the wet, I bet your are relieved to see some colour. Good job on the irrigation, I have plans to upgrade ours, I can’t face the prospect of all that watering again this year.


    • I turned it on yesterday and there was a gyser in one spot where squirrels must have chewed a hole. Rained hard last night so that repair will have to wait. Having the drip irrigation has been a godsend. Especially in my front window boxes that get afternoon sun. Before the drip I used to have to water twice a day by August.


  3. 85 degrees. I start peeling off layers when it gets in the 60s. No way I could be gardening in sweat pants. You’re made of hardier stuff, obviously. That wonderful heat’s brought everything along nicely, though. That’s a really interesting looking honeysuckle.


  4. I always garden in long pants with legs tucked into socks and just put up with having my legs hot. We have an epidemic of Lymes Disease which is spread by ticks so anything I everything I can do to keep them from attaching. My husband has chronic Lymes which is a problem with fatigue and joint issues. I don’t understand why the drug companies aren’t developing a vaccine.


    • Absolutely agree about developing a vaccine. When I lived in Australia, I always bush walked in long sleeves w/trousers stuck into 2 pairs of socks because of the leeches (& even then, occasionally got one or two under my shirt), so know that needs must. I grew up below the Mason-Dixon, but since moving to the UK, I’ve grown very intolerant of heat.


  5. ‘Major Wheeler’ honeysuckle really looks sharp. I have been wanting to try it for a long time, but it is not doing so well now that I got it. I am bummed that it is not fragrant.


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