|A mystery Iris. Isn't it gorgeous.|
For the last year and a half the whole focus at the house has been on setting up vegetable gardens, at the expense of the flower beds. It was an easy choice. As I started tackling the flower bed yesterday, I realized quickly, that my vegetable gardening has completely changed how I treat the flower bed. It was very overgrown and just allowed to flower at will. Kind of a cottage garden style. I liked it a bit messy. I'd intervene when something got to the point that it's being crowded out. I was now looking at it with the same ruthless planning and culling I use in vegetable gardening. I cleaned up about eight feet of it and filled, packed and stuffed two very large garbage cans that we use for green recycle. We just had green recycle last week, so I've used up our monthly limit in one day. And that is just the green matter that couldn't reliably go into the compost bin.
|This area under the Perdita Rose was so thick with iris and asters |
you could not see the rose canes up to about three feet.
Wow. This post has not been 'posted' as I have been having trouble uploading photos to blogger.***
I have yanked out a lot of plants I didn't love. It really made the flower bed look much better. What a big job. I took my new huge birthday pot and put eight foot bamboo stakes in it and have planted Fortex pole beans in it. Thank you for the tip Brenda. I can't wait to try beans again. I don't think I've had beans for about thirty years. Maybe more.
|Can't have a blog post without a vegetable. Here is my first ever|
cauliflower. It's about baseball sized and has the leaves tucked
over the top now.
***I think I have figured out why I couldn't load photos to blogger. I was using the old version until they forced me to switch over to the new version. I just went in and tried it, and I had no trouble at all uploading photos.