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Saturday, May 06, 2006

How Does My Garden Grow?

With all this rain and wind, it's hard to answer that one.

Gardening is a lot of work, and most of it doesn't show -- unless it doesn't get done. Husband and I weeded a problem spot in the garden today. It is right along the bank when the driveway comes off the road, and since we have so much going on there in the spring, it doesn't get weeded until all the spring plants are done, and the peonies come out.

We've has so much rain that the peonies just about got flattened, so we had to go out today and stake them up -- which we should have done long ago. In the process, I had to dig up the volunteer rose campions, while husband pulled weeds. We have a lot of stinging nettle in that area. Luckily, the rain has kept them easier to pull later into the spring this year. But you have to use gloves.

Every year it is a battle to dig up the walnut trees that the squirrels have planted, to tug out the passion vines and clumps of grass we thought we did away with last year. We have a two-foot high dogwood there that we hope will soon get tall and blossom. It will be the star of the corner there!


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