Clearing and clipping
It’s the time of year when plants in the garden begin to get a bit out of hand. Armed with a new, sharp pair of hedge clippers, a shovel, and quite a bit of elbow grease, I set out last week to do some summer tidying. (This happened before the nesting birds drove me out of the yard for a bit).
Before: the perennial garden had become a jungle of oregano, wild mint, grasses, plantains, and rogue goldenrods.
Grasses and spring’s collard plants, headed for the compost bin. I left the roots of the collard plants, thinking they might grow new tender leaves this fall.
I splurged on some new black eyed susan plants for the perennial garden – they are some of my favorite flowers, and have done well on the other side of our house near the driveway.
After: oregano trimmed back, lambs ear dead-headed, leaving space for thyme and clearing the footpath for walking!
If the mockingbirds ever let me back outside, I’d like to mulch in the perennial garden and make sure the black eyed susans get a good drink of water…they’ve been out in some very hot weather this week, and I fear the worst.