Early mornings in our Midwest garden fill my heart with both comfort and joy! Those
relaxing busy hours spent garden-keeping have been the perfect time to watch my garden dreams materialize. It’s so exciting to see all of the changes in the garden!
Throughout last Summer and Fall, I worked diligently to ‘right-size’ my large perennial gardens. Early this Spring, we removed two more perennial beds and two bushes from the front yard, replacing them with grass. We just love our new, simplified front yard!
We are not finished making changes yet. The large Magnolia bed, Front Porch bed, and Side Porch bed continue to keep me very busy. This Summer I am pondering ways to ‘right-size’ these garden beds next. The guidance (and courage!) offered by garden author Kerry Ann Mendez, in her book The Right-Size Flower Garden, continue to inspire me to make changes throughout my garden.
Last Fall, I removed a large Cutting Garden near the deck, ‘rescuing’ and transplanting several of my favorite, old-fashioned perennials to the white, picket fence border of my Herb & Tea garden. Creating garden ‘maps’ last Fall proved to be one of my most useful garden ‘tools.’ Several times this Spring, I carried the ‘map’ out to my Herb & Tea garden as the plants emerged. It has been such a joy to watch all of the changes come to life! I will continue to edit my garden ‘maps’ as I move plants around and make new additions. Recently, I added Lime Basil and Cinnamon Basil to the herb bed. 🙂
Last Summer I also worked extremely hard digging up a huge bed of Daylilies, providing space along our garage to create a new History Garden bed. In the Fall, I transplanted several old-fashioned perennials that were already growing here thirty years ago, when I moved here and learned to garden. To me, these plants are true treasures! Again the garden ‘map’ has been so helpful. As the plants bloom, I will fill in the missing colors on the ‘map’ using watercolors. I’m still saving a spot for one new perennial from my ‘Wish List.’ 🙂
This year, my new ‘Garden Joys’ journal has also become a very helpful tool as I document the changes in our garden. I’m noting the bloom times of the perennials in their new beds, hoping to provide continuous color throughout the garden.
Just looking back over all of the changes so far has been a joy!
It makes the time spent on this bullet-style garden journal feel so worthwhile.
I’m never alone in the garden…
The robins, cardinals, wrens, bees, butterflies,
squirrels, and bunnies are welcome guests.
It’s such a joy to watch the mother wren flying into the Herb & Tea Garden birdhouse
to care for the eggs in her nest!
I am always happiest when I am working in my Herb & Tea Garden.
Just stepping through the garden gate fills me with sweet memories.
It truly is the ‘heart’ of my garden ~ built with love!
We have our garden challenges this year, as well.
There is a very hungry groundhog in residence who has devoured
all of the Mums and the patches of Black-eyed Susans throughout the garden!
He (oops!) She now has five young groundhogs who are nibbling everything.
They have been climbing through the Herb & Tea Garden fence
and helping themselves to Oregano, too.
Although they really are cute…
I do wish our groundhogs would develop a healthy appetite for weeds, instead.
(We have more than enough weeds to share!)
The first two weeks of June were extremely dry, but recently we have had lots of rain.
So, garden-keeping has kept me extra-busy this week.
The wet soil has made weeding so much easier.
I just keep weeding, weeding, weeding…
and picking pretty bouquets
of Summer blossoms. 🙂
What’s happening in your garden?
What challenges do you have in the garden?
What kind of blossoms have you been cutting for bouquets?
Hope you will share…