I've been focusing so much lately on weeds, and cleanup, and the rainy weather, that it's important to realize that there are things that I really like about my garden. Enjoyable things. Beautiful, interesting things.
For instance, this spot next to the patio. I put these Heuchera in these pots "temporarily" three or four years ago. I've never repotted them or moved them. I do water them when it's hot, and fertilize them once in a while, but for the most part I leave them alone.
They offset the mass of green that this sedum brings to the stairs. This is a really vigorous sedum that I thought was called "Mexican sedum" but I'm pretty sure that's not correct. It may not even be a sedum at all. I hope to identify it soon.
In contrast to the view above, which I really like right now, here are a couple of things that I don't like. Well, I do like them, but I don't. You'll see what I mean in a minute.
This is Monarda didyma or "Bee Balm". I really like this plant in theory. It spreads nicely, has a nice, minty fragrance, and the bees love the cool flowers.
In reality though, this is what makes this plant a loser for me:
Powdery mildew. That white powdery stuff. Bee Balm is really susceptible to it, even this "resistant" variety. Usually I don't see the powdery mildew show up until the flowers appear, or even much later in the summer. This year I'm seeing it super early. Now I need to decide if I want to spray the plants (with Neem oil or a milk solution) all summer long, or rip them out. I already ripped out a large patch of this last year (different variety) and although I miss the flowers, I can't say I really miss the plant.
Here's another thing I like: a nice patch of Rudbeckia triloba:
The problem is...
it's right in the middle of my lawn! I'm not really sure where the grass went, but this area is a lush carpet of Rudbeckia right now, and it has to go. Maybe this is a good time to get some Buffalo grass started over here.
Speaking of Buffalo grass and plants in the lawn:
The Bee Balm has crept into the lawn too. It's easy enough to pull, but... I have enough weeds to pull already! (Here I go talking about weeds again.)
Well, look on the bright side: there are very few weeds that smell as incredible as this Bee Balm does when you pull it, so I get to end this post the way I started it: with something I really like. Mmmmm, Bee Balm.