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Guess I Learned My Lesson

I’ve got that parking space sized garden here in the front of our condo on the edge of the parking lot.

I dug the whole thing in last year, pulling out the tired old soil, sifting out the rocks, getting rid of a few weeds and half a foot of old pine needles, and then mixing and laying in nearly a ton of the very best topsoil. It was more work than I could manage, so while I did get almost all the bulbs planted, I didn’t get the mulch laid down nor any pavers for the little paths.

We had a very strange winter - one snow storm actually - and an odd spring. My carefully selected heap of deer-resistant bulbs - daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, and alliums - all decided to grow at once, instead of coming in in stages like they were supposed to. Seriously, I had it planned just so. It was going to be like a living fireworks show, with a burst of blooms over here, and then a burst of blooms over there, and then a bunch of little poppers everywhere when those gave out, and for a summer long finale, a high rise selection of purple puffball and baby’s breath-like alliums each more than 3 feet tall.

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Alliums, first cousins to garlic and onions

Well, I got a little behind the ball, and things got a bit out of hand. Duh, it turns out that my WonderSoil that grows flowers so well also does a super job for weeds. And with the odd early growth, I had a super dense zone of greenery, with the spent tulips and daffys starting to turn brownery. It was time to go in and weed, and to do a bit of transplanting. Yes, transplanting. You might recall that I tried to do wildflowers the year before on that patch of ground, but with the drought and the heat that summer they barely even sprouted. Surprise, some of the seeds remained viable, and I had a dozen or so young plants in the front putting out little flowers in an array of shapes and colors. My plan was to transfer them over here to the side yard along the top of the cliff, where last year’s butterfly bushes failed, but more of the same failed wildflowers were doing well. Give those a bit more company, and let them take over the whole embankment if they could do it.

But I knew I had a big weeding project. The wife and I have been hand plucking a few of the bigger varmints every day as we go by. And I’d planned to go out there last evening to have at it, but I was tired and just felt too sticky in the muggy weather. So I made a plan to get up and at ‘em early this morning before the heat woke up.

And I did.

And got the shock of my life.

I feel ... kind of violated actually.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/12/2016 at 02:26 PM   
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