Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The wonders of winter weeding

A few dry days followed by bouts of sunshine had me out in the garden doing some much needed weeding. I continue to battle the grass that has infiltrated the front beds, and I fear the only solution will be removing the plants and digging out much of the soil. That area makes me appreciate so much more the beds where there are only a handful of weeds needing only a firm tug to eradicate them. Still, weeding of any kind provides you a closer look at your garden and reveals the slightest of changes, which leads to the greatest excitement for eager gardeners.

Oakleaf Hydrangea clings to a few winterized leaves. I'm of another lazy gardener moment because this is still in the nursery pot it came in. But that's partly because I'm not sure where I should place it ... uhhh, another no-no I guess. Plan before you buy. But how many of us really do that? Especially when presented with a lovely plant that you have coveted for so long.

The first of my tulips are pushing up through the soil. I managed to spread a fresh layer of compost in the bulb border and hope this will give the plants here an extra boost going into Spring.

Daylily leaves are already a couple inches tall. These are practically no-fail perennials of which I will for sure add more to my garden. They're also pretty easy to divide, usually best done in late summer so they still have a bit of time to reestablish before chilly temperatures return.

Deeply cut Anemone foliage which last year I mistook for a weed and nearly tossed in the compost pile. It bloomed in April, much to my delight and I'm unsure if it ever completely died back. We had a mild winter, meaning no snow, and I'm curious to see if blooms come earlier this year.

An inky blue pansy the little guy potted up in my Little Sprouts class last year. It's been outside up near the house all winter and is probably farther along than some in the garden.

Latest tools in my gardening collection: a hori-hori from the dear husband and a canvas tool box thingy I scored in my family's white elephant gift exchange. I love the hori-hori because it's so versatile, serving as a knife, shovel or ruler. It's especially nice for cutting out particularly nasty weeds. Perfect!

For anyone interested in seeing exactly what I'm up against with the grass, here ya' go. To the left front of the Cherry tree you can just make out the foliage of my poppies. I must get this grass under control before they and the Lupine really start growing. Otherwise it gets rather tricky to get in there and yank it out. Grrrr ...


Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Melanthia, long time no visit! How are you these days?! When I saw your plant sprouting a green leaf, still in the pot from the store--I felt relieved because I have several of those lying around in various garden beds! I just didn't get around to putting them in the ground before the cold weather arrived! Glad I'm not alone in that;-) Right now I'm nursing a knee accident and can't even get outside to see how my hellebores are doing! Take care, Jan

JP said...

I have the same problem with grass popping up everywhere. Certain beds are pretty good, but only those that I painstakingly double dug, edged, and keep up the mulch with. I feel like I gave a pint of blood per square foot that's weed free!

Becca's Dirt said...

Looks like you are going to have to do some digging to get that out of your front bed. I wish there were easy ways to conquer something like that. I'm taking all of the grass out of my new beds. That of course doesn't mean that it won't be back.

It is so nice to see some pretty flowers.

donna said...

Your photos are so outstanding that they made me feel like I was right out in the yard with you. Of course, I wasn't helping with the weeding because I was too busy enjoying the sunshine.

Hori Hori is new to me, but I'd like to know more.

This post has me longing for spring.