Small bed no longer ignored

Saturday morning I went to visit my gardener friend Mike. He had some clay pots that he wanted to give to a "good home", and had a few plants that he wanted help digging and dividing. So after loading about two dozen pots of various sizes into the truck cab I started digging ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) which he wanted to reduce and relocate. With Mike's generosity I ended up with ten or eleven good-sized ferns -- more than I expected -- so I had to look for another place to plant some.


I had been thinking about planting ostrich ferns here next to the patio, and had even purchased a small specimen earlier this year (in the black pot). I'm glad I never planted that one, as it's still so young compared to what I dug. This bed is just weeds right now, so seems perfect for a makeover.


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Trellis project, completed?

The other day when I listed my planned garden projects for the summer, doing something with this trellis...


...was on the list. It originally contained a climbing rose and was therefore not very visible -- just a glimpse of tarnished copper pipe through the rose canes and foliage was perfect. Since that rose was removed (RRV) this trellis just looks too insubstantial...


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Cactus bed update

I haven't been talking about the cactus beds as much as I normally do in spring. Last year I posted about them several times, as I was curious about which survived the brutal winter. Since this past winter wasn't as harsh and probably also because the cactus bed isn't as new, I haven't been as concerned.


As you can see in the first couple of images, the bed is looking quite nice right now...


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A couple of tools

Do you keep on using old tools that you've had for years, even though you may have newer ones that were supposed to be "better"? I have that situation with my main trowel -- I use a no-name one that I probably bought at a big box store 15 years or more ago. It's got a better shape than the newer branded trowel that I received as a gift several years back, so I just keep using the old one.


I've recently discovered that I had a couple of new tools in the basement that wouldn't replace anything that I currently use, so I thought I'd give them a try and let you know what I think of them.

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Projects Planned

Mid-to-late Spring is the best time to tackle the larger projects in the garden here, as the heat and humidity of the summer haven't arrived yet (on most days). With a holiday weekend approaching for us in the US, my thoughts turn to completing some of these projects.



Which means it's time to make a list for you of what I have planned! This is not only to help me remember what exactly I wanted to do in the garden this year, but to also motivate me to get as many of them done as possible. Announcing my attentions creates a bit more pressure to actually follow through, at least in my mind.

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A new approach to watering strawberry pots

I'm finally getting to some projects that don't involve cleaning or digging! I've had a couple of strawberry pots for several years, and always have trouble keeping them hydrated during the heat of the summer. Because of this they've sat unused for a couple of seasons now...


...but I've had an idea of how to solve this problem and am finally putting it to the test! I thought of this last year or the year before but other (bigger) projects were always higher priority. I still have a few big projects that I'll start on any day now, but with just an hour or so available last night this smaller one seemed the perfect size to tackle.


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Bringing in blooms

I've not really done this much before, but this year I've started bringing blooms from my garden into the house.


I've always hesitated when removing blooms from the garden as I'd argue that I'd rather see them where they belong... but I'm wiser now.


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Lafayette Park

Out and about in St. Louis city yesterday morning, my wife said "I know something you'd like! How about a walk in Lafayette Park?" I'd never been before, and since it was a very nice but windy day I agreed.


As we pulled up to one of the oldest city parks west of the Mississippi (set aside from the St. Louis Common in 1836 and dedicated in 1851), I didn't expect much. I could see lots of mature trees and lawn, a playground, some gazebos, but nothing to get too excited about. Just a nice city park.


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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day?

It's the 15th and that means that it is GBBD, when garden bloggers the world over show you what's in bloom in their gardens this month. I'm going to do something a bit different this bloom day, focusing on a single plant.


Actually, "focusing" is probably not the best word choice...


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