May . .
Queen Anne’s Lace is appearing everywhere–taking over. Ironic that I had such a hard time getting it started–it “didn’t take” at all for the first few years.
The Small Strip Bed
By May, most of the Leyland Cyprus had been removed by the city–well, most of the above-ground tree. The massive roots remained.
Lots of debris had been piled onto a little bed I’d started outside the stone circle, between the circle and the ugly parking lot. Layers upon layers of needles and small to medium-large branches . . . The snow hadn’t melted under parts of the pile. But I finally managed to get down to the bottom layer and bag the stuff–and re-planted the little strip bed.
Four different Coleuses, red Snapdragons, two Cannas, a little Mint, a Sweet Annie Artemisia which has grown very tall–and some mysterious plants that seem to be small Sunflowers. Lots of Queen Anne’s Lace. And a few things I can’t identify . . .
Over on the left, outside the border you can see a few of the weeds–which I mention specifically because weeds are such an important part of the Garden’s history. This area surrounding the stone circle used to be a wonderful area for so many interesting weeds: Devil’s Beggarticks, Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie), Pineapple Weed (which looks very much like Wild Chamomile), Chicory, Lady’s Thumb, Sowthistle, Asian Day Flower, Mugwort–lots of Dandelions of course–but strangely, not much Knotweed or Black Swallowwort, which are pervasive along the Bike Path.
And then the DPW mowed–totally decimated the area–and all that came back was Lady’s Thumb/Smartweed. Not a desirable weed.
Well, that was last year. Now I’ve made the strip bed on part of that space, and all the lovely weeds are coming back outside it.
The Shade Garden
The drought is withering everything.
We see magenta Petunias, a yellow, scented Geranium, an Ivy Geranium, pale yellow Petunias, Cannas (in the individual pots), and Purslane. But it all looks so blindingly hot . . .