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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Six on Saturday – Making Progress – November 3, 2018

Our neighborhood is finally getting some color on the trees. A sugar maple on the other side of the fence is orange. If I hadn’t been out taking photos I wouldn’t have noticed how the sugar maple complements the brick on my house. Out of my office window I see a yellow leafed maple, and beyond that some reds. The crepe myrtles usually have lots of color but so far mine are still green.  I’ll stop complaining and enjoy what we get this year.

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2. The seed heads of the native milkweed are open. I’ll push some seeds in the ground here and there and hopefully get babies. The butterflies, especially the Monarchs, love the milkweed flowers.

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3.  I have seen more bees on the Sheffield mums this week than I have seen all summer. At least I think this is a honey bee athough it doesn’t have the orange stripes with which I’m familiar.

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4. Following a suggestion from another SoS gardener, I stapled bird netting to my wooden fence. The clematis seems to appreciate having something other than the trellis to climb on. And the yellow jasmine is finally happy. When I put it in this spot in the spring the ground was so wet for so long, I thought I might lose it. It should be spectacular next spring.

5.  The rainbarrels have been emptied. They were made from food grade 50 gallon plastic drums used by a local wine maker and were free for the taking. Porch furniture has been stored behind the shed. Potted geraniums have been brought inside along with a couple of other tender things. They fill a corner of the living room and get light through a sliding door. Leaves are coming down and that will be the next clean-up job.

6.  This is one of the crepe myrles in the area where I took out the river birch. It grew lopsided as it reached for the sun although I rather like the wonkiness of the trunks.  I am hopeful with the birch gone I can coax it to fill out on the empty side. The husband will get those birch logs moved eventually. They won’t be fire ready for a year.

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That’s my six for this week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. I learn something every week from the participating gardeners. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.