Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Garden Maintenance

 Garden maintenance is a daily chore around here.  Everywhere I look there is something that needs to be taken care of.  Trimming ivy back is an ongoing task.  I love ivy but it sure grows out of control in my gardens.  Click for a closer look.

 Towards the end of each spring the ivy has covered all of my stone walls.

 I literally have to pry it off with a paint scraper.  It always looks so much neater when it is stripped away.

 Teddy in one of her favorite spots.

 Okay...I know...the container garden is out of control.  I can't help myself, I just keep planting.

 It is winding it's way down the driveway now.

 Okra!  I haven't had okra in several years so I am very excited for this to grow.

 My first red tomato.  I picked it this morning.

 And where to plant this Tansy?  It was given to me for free at the garden center last weekend. I love Tansy but it sure tends to take over the area it is planted in.  I need to be very careful where I plant it.

 My Hydrangeas are blooming.

 They are all the same type and are in the same area but they are different colors.

 Blue ones and a pink one on the same plant. The color is determined by the PH of the soil. This is the area where I removed the spiral evergreens so I am guessing they created different Ph's in this area.

The blooms are the size of soccer balls.