Wednesday, March 7, 2012
First Day In The Garden
There was no question that today was to be a garden day. The wind had shifted 180 degrees and now came from the south. Temperatures were forecast to reach near 60 degrees F. We took no time to check the thermometer there was too much to do. Getting the pile of leaves off the tree peony was job one. We prepared this plant for winter by filling the wire cage with fallen maple leaves. Insulated protection was the goal. The green dwarf iris leaves at the base told us that it was time to get rid of the leaves. Bleached yellow iris shoots were totally covered by the leaves. They should quickly green up now that they are in the light.
Our tree peony has never been happy here. One or two flowers is the best display it has ever produced. We picked a good year to try the protective leaf cover as we had no snow this winter. These buds look promising. When the frozen leaf mass on the north side of the plant thaws, it will be removed and we will get a look at the entire plant.
This patch of bulbs was well weeded last fall. Snow never came and the weeds grew over the winter. A slight tilt to the south warmed this bed early so weeding was a workable option today.
This is one of our most hated weeds. We do not know its name. Extensive deep roots spread wide under its insignificant above ground growth. Removing this monster from the emerging snow drops was a challenge. Usually the root mass of this weed holds enough soil to make way for a new layer of compost. Soft freshly thawed soil released these roots today. Only one snow drop was uprooted by weeding.
This is the other most hated weed. Its tap root is impressive but was easily pulled today. I am certain that this weed will regrow if even the smell of the tap root is left in the hole. Today they pulled cleanly.
The bed is weeded now. We will see if the bulbs finish flowering ahead of the return of the weeds. Knowing the names of things allows one to more fully express their feelings. We have been unable to find the names of either of these pests. I would really like to be able to attach a proper name to the string of words that spew forth while removing these buggers.
The lemon verbenas were given a brief moment in the sun today. Some soft leggy new growth was broken off in the wind. It found its way to the teapot and the plants should do fine. These plants made the first of many round trips from the basement to the outside today. June will have arrived before these plants can be safely placed in the garden.