Early to bed, early to rise,
work like hell: fertilize
All sweet peeps know the way to a gardener's heart. This awesome soil knife was gifted to me by my step-mother and I've given it a serious workout these past few weeks. The serrated edge has easily cut through dense, pot-bound water lilies and dwarf papyrus. The handy measurement lines make bulb planting a cinch and the orange handle is easily found when misplaced. It has quickly become my favorite 'go to' tool. Thanks to Julie at Wife, Mother, Gardener for introducing me to this wonderful tool!
Speaking of sweet gifts, a fellow Master Gardener potted up a cutting of autumn joy sedum from her garden for me last fall. The newly sprouted leaves are lush and such a pretty shade of green. They give me something to look forward to as I've always wanted to grow this plant and enjoy its fall display of color. I just love pass-along plants from friends; they make a garden extra special.
This week has brought forth an explosion of blooms and foliage. It's amazing how quickly plants respond to a little bit of rain, warmth and sunshine.
My favorites this week are the teeny-tiny, delicate little blooms that dance on the breezes of spring. This little prairie fleabane is thriving and offering up a burst of sunshine in a dainty flower.
Another sweet flower stealing my heart is blue-eyed grass. It was planted next to the fleabane last spring after seeing it on a garden tour last March. This plant makes a great border addition and survived the heat and drought of last summer easily.
There is so much to be done before the heat and bugs return...hence the quote at the beginning of the post!
With rain forecast later this week, this quote caught my eye and brought a smile...
Thank heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have
to go out and enjoy it.
Logan Pearsall Smith