What a weekend!!!! I was running around like a mad woman all weekend. Friday I spent most of the day delivering flags, flog, posts and water to all 5 gardens, and picking up tickets where we had them out for sale.
I didn't get to work out in my yard until yesterday. I finally made the bed around the mailbox!!! We will get to that later. Ramona gave me several plants that I had to get planted...Sapphire Sage (Salvia guarnitica, or Blue anise sage or Brazilian sage), another kind of sage...just can't remember right now, Bee Balm, and Stokes Aster. The Dirt Queen (my mom) gave me some purple and yellow coneflowers she has grown from seed....since none of mine did a thing!!!!!! All of my gladiolas are blooming. I staked them up yesterday...I just love them!
I made the bed around the mailbox yesterday. Not anything great to look at right now. I put down the weed control fabric. I am going to let it sit a while to kill all the grass and weeds underneath. I wanted to put down some pavers to set the garbage can on, I had 3 pavers already, and I needed one more. I picked one up at Home Depot. They didn't have any that matched the 3 I had...so I just grabbed a plain one. Well it is 18" x 18" and apparently the others are 16" x 16".......oh well. I can't wait to add some flowers in it now! If you notice in the front bed to the right...I pulled out the Nandina. There were 3 of them. I dug them out to make room for others things. The boxwoods are next!
Here is the bed out front. You can see the Stokes Aster, Bee Balm, and Sapphire Sage (the 4 large green things sticking up!).
A view of the porch bed. You can clearly tell the the front 3' is the expanded area, since everything is so small versus whats in the rear of the bed!
Coreopsis, Gardenia and sprinkler ;)
Gerbera Daisy. This is the "old fashion" type from Mrs. Brown. This is about it 4th time to bloom this year alone!This is a rose that Mrs. Brown gave me as well. I believe it is Annie's Red Rose.
Now for the informational part of the post.........
In a previous post I discussed Rattlesnake weed. It is a major problem here. The roots are extremely deep and it is hard to kill. The weed is named so, because the roots resemble Rattlesnake rattles. I dug out a trench around the mailbox to set the edging in. This is what I got....
That is an up close photo of the Rattlesnake weed root.
Look at all of them!
And yes...I did separate them from the clumps of dirt just for you to see!!! There were 100;s of them! I got tired of separating and figured this was enough of them for ya'll to get the point.
If you ever see these roots while planting, digging, etc....get them out!!!! You cannot pull up a root just by pulling the weed. The weed will break away from the root, and within a day or 2 you will have another weed. You must get the root up. Atleast I managed to get these up. Hopefully that weed fabric will suffocate the remaining Rattlesnake roots! I hate these things.
Do any of you have problems with rattlesnake weed?
On a brighter note....The Hunter went to the hunting camp this weekend to cut the grass. He came back with these..... God Bless him!!! It is an old rose, it is light pink and a climber...a true climber. Sorry the pictures are not clear, they were taken with my phone. This rose climbs trees, posts, etc. I am rooting them. I want to put them on a trellis in the front, and also on the two columns on the front porch. I just love them. I have a Seven Sisters climbing rose that is just like this, but it is hot pink.
Well that's about it. It is a slow process, but I am pleased with the way the front lawn is coming along. The Hunter hates the leaves I use for mulch. He is insistant upon going and getting a truckload of mulch. Its not that I neccessarily love leaves as mulch...but leaves are free, mulch costs $. Oh well......he did put out some fertilizer on the lawn and weed killer. It will get there soon. Then I can enjoy the fruits of my labor!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and a wonderful Mother's Day