In my last post, I mentioned that the Achillea beside the Vitex tree had made it through the winter and I pondered whether or not it would bloom this year.
Well today I got my answer!
I was out taking photos and noticed it's covered in tiny flowers. They haven't quite opened yet, but it's going to be lovely when they do. There also seem to be quite a few seedlings around it and I'm wondering whether I should leave them where they are or move them and risk losing them. This is my first time growing these delicate, feathery plants so I'm not sure how to treat them.
I've been watching the bulbine with interest too. It's another new plant to me, this is the only one I've ever had. I really expected it to turn to mush over the winter and was pleasantly surprised when it stayed plump and green. Now it's covered with these delightful little blooms.
The Mars grape vines is leafing out nicely. I wonder if we'll be lucky enough to actually harvest any grapes this year? Last year, the local raccoons had a feast and left us with nothing.
Here's a battle I chose not to fight. Around the back side of the pine tree, a lot of very prickly green briar started popping out of the ground. I had seen this around the gum tree on the lot next door before it was cleared and it's obvious the whole area was covered in it before they started building the subdivision. Well when this started coming up, my first instinct was to yank it right out of the ground.
Easier said than done... even with gloves on it proved painful!
So last summer I decided I'd let it grow and all I do with it now is to whack it back with the trimmer at the same time when I edge the grass around the garden. It keeps it in bounds and now (for the first time) it's putting out flowers. I think the birds might have a treat this year if it puts out berries.
I made a start this weekend, planting the island bed. It still looks pretty bare, but at least it's a start. I put in a couple of pink muhly grass, some burgundy gaillardias, some bare root hollyhocks and some columbines. There are already some day lilies in the bed, as well as the river birch at one end and a Sam Houston peach tree sapling at the other end.
I love the columbines, but had the hardest time trying to photograph them because of the breeze.
While I was working on the island bed, Eric was planting some veggies and herbs in the veggie bed. We're starting easy, since this is the first time either of us have ever had a veggie garden. We've got a couple of tomato plants, a bell pepper, and some parsley, basil and spearmint. He also sowed seeds for some peas, cucumbers and carrots.
Wish us luck with our venture!
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.