A beautiful warm day on Tuesday, with soil still too wet to work in the main gardens.
I was content to snip away dead stalks in the herb garden, enjoying the scents of sage, lavender and lemon thyme. Many of the 'gum balls' which fell from the sweet gum tree have spent the winter rolling amongst the herb plants. I plan to rake lightly over the area today, but suspect the spikey 'balls' will need to be removed one by one--by hand.
It would be tidier if I sheared back the longer stems, but just now its a joy to see, with fresh, distinctively marked leaves.
This variety often oever-wintered in my Vermont garden, although it took weeks for signs of life to show on the grey stems. Here it has been ever-green.
A plant survived, albeit feebly, in the strip of border which I labored over in Wyoming--where I was mostly defeated by the climate.
The common variety of purple coneflower, which I started from seed two years ago.
I bought plants of more exotic modern hybrids--which have not proved thrifty.
One, labeled 'Summer Sky' is at least showing signs of life in the upper border.
In September I moved lily bulbs which I had planted along the east facing garage wall. [Folks here refer to them as 'tree lilies.'] That small strip of garden has proved rather shady and is now crowded with the mints which have rampaged around the Double-Red Knock-out roses.
I disnterred the bulbs--which had produced offspring, and stuck them in a group in the upper border.