Gardening Doldrums

Tomorrow is the first day of summer. From now until August 2, gardening is all about weeding and watering.

We’ll have to see about watering, which may not be necessary this year. We’re already a foot above average for rainfall, and the forecast calls for more rain. Or at least more thunderstorms. Frankly, I’d be happy not to haul hose around the yard.

But the weeding has already started. There’s no keeping up with it. I finish one bed, move onto the next, and by the time that one’s done, I have to go back and weed all over again in the first. A bit like revising and editing. Never really done.

This is also the start of lily and daylily season. I’ve added photos of today’s blooms, including one of my favorites. I found this bicolored lily several years ago at Flower Farm. It’s done very well, although this year is being crowded out by an inappropriately planted sedum Brilliant. I can see I’ll be moving things around this Fall.

I planted most of the daylilies about four years ago, although I’ve added new plants here and there every year since. Back then, I carefully labeled each one, only to discover the permanent ink was not quite permanent. One of these days I’ll go back through my orders and try to match up names to plants. Not today.

2 thoughts on “Gardening Doldrums

  1. I started out to mow the law before the rain came and hopefully get some zinnia seeds in the ground. Noticed some weeds I wanted to pull and ended up with 3 hours of weeding, lawn not mowed and seeds not planted. The weeds are bad this year. I’m glad I had not planned for more containers because I have lots of other projects I need to get done so just keeping up with the weeds and babying along the new grass will be enough. Your lilies are gorgeous. I have lots of buds but no blooms yet except for my Stellas!

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