Lately, I've been trying to evalutate the things that are working best for me in the garden. I've been doing that a lot this year, culling those plants that do not please me and adding more of those that do. For instance, coneflowers are one of those easy care workhorses that I want to use more often. So I added several to the landscaping around the new patio.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
It's been a rough week in the garden here at Robin's Nest. My beloved Forest Pansy redbud had it's top sheered off by a brief but fierce storm. I really did cry about it, because it was so bad that there is no way to save it. It only has one weird branch sticking out at an odd angle, so I'll try to take a few cuttings, but otherwise, it will be removed and mourned.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
While May probably has the most blooms, June is also a beautiful month for gardening. The weather is ideal, and plants show it by being at their best. But I haven't paid much attention to the new flowers lately. I know that's unusual for me, but I was very much distracted by the installation of my new patio.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
I grew up in the SW corner of Michigan, not far from a town called Holland Michigan. With so many Dutch people settled in that part of the state, it was only natural that they would name their town Holland, and then hold a tulip festival every year. When I was a little girl, my parents took me to the Tulip Festival. They tell me I was a very popular little girl that day in my checkered dress, wooden shoes and traditional hat, but mothers are always very prejudiced...
I also took along a dear friend, and that made the day even better. The skies were clear blue, the temperatures were pleasant, and there were tulips everywhere. I wasn't quite sure where to find them, so we just drove into town, hoping for the best. Well, it worked out perfectly, because we drove right past a pretty little park that was just filled with tulips.