Happy TGP everyone! If any of you happened to read the Monday update/menu yesterday, you will know that we spent this last weekend working around the acre. We were able to check a lot of things off the to-do list – yeah!
Thanks to Shannan’s lesson from the last TGP, the blueberries were given a topping of peat moss before being freshly mulched with straw.
This flower bed edging our new gravel patio had been an afterthought last year as we were working on the backyard transformation.
After widening it (digging sod is probably one of the reasons I was so sore!), and moving some of the existing plants around, I planted a couple of boxwoods and a “Little Lime” hydrangea I’m excited about. As soon as we get a load of compost, this will be mulched with newspaper and the compost.
The tomatoes have been planted! And covered, ’cause we still have another month or so before the weather is good for tomatoes here in Western Oregon – no matter that the last two weeks have been beautiful and dry.
Monday, the rains came back, of course.
Do you think “third time’s the charm” with the raspberries? This time we used timbers from the old deck to make narrow raised beds before adding good soil and peat moss. The starts came from a friend and my sister – both who’ve given me starts before that died.
Hopefully, I won’t have to ask again.
I just had to share this photo with you – don’t the purple iris look fabulous against the yellow house? So much nicer than the previous gray – now they stand out instead of blending in.
A year and a half later and I’m still LOVING our yellow cottage!
Lastly, I’ve had some of you ask what happened to the clematis that got “clematis wilt” last year – dying right before all the buds had a chance to bloom. After doing some research and realizing that no one really knows what causes it, I decided to leave it in the ground and see if it would come back.
And it did! I noticed the new shoot last fall and wondered if the foot-long tendril would make it through the winter. It’s now about 5′ tall and blooming it’s head off – with no sign of the wilt, wa-hoo!
There’s only the one vine, though, growing from the root. I do hope it produces more, ’cause it does look a little fragile. Oh well – I’m certainly enjoying the view from my kitchen window now.
So, what do you have for us this week?