This last week included wind, hail and then yesterday a 90 degree day. In South Dakota we say “If you don’t like the weather just wait 10 minutes.” Our plants need to be able to adapt to extremes. A couple of morning ago, I got up early to plant some of my tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. With all the rain, some of my clay soil is still sticky. “Walk away from the garden”. So hard to do. You know you shouldn’t dig in wet clay soils. They become filled with clumps that are hard as rocks. Most of my garden soils have had years of added compost, but I have some new raised beds that need organic matter to become good garden soil. So yesterday, I moved some soil around so that I could plant some of the veggies.
Years ago I started Verbascum from seeds. I don’t remember the cultivar. But, I love these flowers. They self-sow. Early spring I dig then up with a knife or trowel and move them. I use a knife because they tend to want to grow in between tight little spaces. Notice my home-made cement pots. Whenever we do a cement job, I try to be ready to make something from the extra cement. It's easy.
It is still very early spring. The ground cover to the right is another Veronica. This one is Waterperry Blue. Closer to the pond is Veronica Pectinata. I love both of these Veronicas. Here is a close up of Waterperry Blue
This is a low growing ground cover. The leaves are a bit shiny and show a touch of burgundy.
The self sown columbines are starting.
I made a list of “Garden To-Do’s”. On June 26th my garden will be in the local Garden Tour. I need to get busy.
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