Often this Victoria Day long weekend is on the cool side. The proverbial 40 days and 40 nights of rain we've been having were interrupted over the last 3 days, and we've had some nice sunshine and warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, my outdoor efforts have been thwarted by intermittent downpours today. None the less, I've managed to get a few jobs taken care of in the garden this weekend.
Order of Work - May 22-23
- planted window boxes. This year I went cheap and cheerful, with pink geraniums and rosy coloured begonias.
- trimmed and did a little shaping of the boxwoods in the front yard. There was quite a bit of winter damage, which I've trimmed off, and hopefully they'll recover nicely.
- staked peonies with left over dogwood branches from my outdoor Christmas decorating.
- cleared out some of the invasive Virginia creeper that always sneaks in from next door and makes a bee line for the 50 foot high fir tree, covering and choking the whole thing in what seems like a matter of days.
- cut the thatch off the clematis montana that smothers the trellis on my deck each year. It's a lovely deep, velvety purple and blooms all the way through from July to October.
- very relieved to see that bougainvilla is finally sprouting out in leaf all over. If the showers hold off, I might get it planted up in a container for the deck.
|Hope my homemade, woven peony stakes are strong enough to do the job.|
|Forget-me-nots give a real cottage garden feel.|
|These pink tulips have been going strong for 6 years now and have formed big clumps.|
|The rain stopped me from hanging up the window boxes after planting them.|
|This is the 1st year for these bulbs. Not sure if I like the tall orange tulips.|
|More 1st year tulips - I really like these short, bright yellow ones. Very cheery!|