This has been a year of garden make overs for me. I spent so much time last year dealing with my squirrel problem and tending my vegetable garden that I did not have a lot of time to deal with my flower garden beds. And I can really tell when looking at them. They definitely show signs of neglect.
My front garden bed was the first garden bed that I dug and tilled three years ago. It looked great the first two years but every thing grew very well in this bed and the plants were very crowded. And the weeds. Well, let’s just say the bed needed a heavy weeding hand this year.This was the bed this year before I started weeding it. The edge had all but disappeared from the encroaching grass and needed to be re-dug. The daffodils and tulips had finished and the weeds were abundant.
This is another view. After I got this done, I decided that the large Japanese silver grass on the left hand side needed to be moved. It looked good but was crowding plants around it and I knew it would get bigger. This picture was taken in early June and the bush was already 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Since I knew that I wanted Silver grass on my back fence line, my husband and I dug the bush up and divided it.
In place of the Silver grass, I planted a butterfly bush. It is a much smaller plant and fits the spot better. It also mirrors the butterfly bush on the other side of the bed.
This photo was taken in mid July when the plants have filled out a bit more. Amazing that the edging is already starting to move into the bed area. Gardening is a never ending project, it seems!