A quick garden update. Spring has sprung at Little Cedar Garden! Click on the galleries to see larger photos.
It’s the time of year when everything needs doing all at once.
And, with the good weather we’re having, I’m outside working like a madwoman. My daughter, Claire, said I should share what it takes to get the garden ready for May and June’s highlights along with September and October’s finale. I’m going to try.
I start working very hard in February and March cutting back perennials, pruning rose bushes, and clearing away the leaves. Since we live on 7.5 acres of scrub oak and post oak, we have a lot of leaves. When I say a lot, I mean piles and piles of them. We have to relocate some of them to the edges of the property because they don’t decompose well without shredding.
There are usually two leaf falls at Little Cedar Garden, one in the fall and another in spring. We do two large leaf vac projects and sometimes must do more. It all depends on the wind. Some leaves are blown with the leaf blower, and others are shredded.
Others are dragged out of the garden beds one-by-one by me. I use shredded leaf mold throughout much of the garden. I also use Back to Nature compost and shredded pine when I can find good quality bags at the store. The leaves are free, but they also contain a lot of weed seeds.
We leave the other leaves at the edges of the wooded property so that fireflies will hatch out and grow.
After I finish pruning the roses and cutting back the grasses, I then feed the roses with Mills Rose Magic. It’s a great product, and while pricey, they do ship for free. I work this into the soil at the bottom of the rose. I’m supposed to feed them three times a year, but I often only feed them once. I just don’t have time to baby them.
It was so cold and downright dreary in Oklahoma throughout February and most of March, I’m just now pruning the roses. Three more roses joined the party last Friday. I fell for ‘Munstead Wood’ when I toured the most fabulous garden in England last year.
I have a failed Hybrid Tea rose in the border along the sidewalk, and I lost The Alnwick Rose in one of the beds out front facing the road. About the second loss, I don’t think I planted it deep enough so I believe that’s my fault. As for the Hybrid Tea, I planted it last year, and it never thrived so out it goes.
My motto is everyone kills plants. If a gardener tells you they don’t, well, they’re lying.
I’ll put the three ‘Munstead Wood‘ roses in the same general area. I never plant roses in the exact same hole because otherwise, they don’t seem to thrive.
As for everything else, things look good so far. The garden is definitely coming along with plenty of daffodils. I only planted tulips in two spots last fall, beneath a tree next to the old driveway and in the garage border. The tulips are just starting to bloom, maybe three or four. So far, the voles haven’t found the tulips in these two beds. I quit planting tulips in the front border because they were being eaten by the handful. Instead, I’ve replaced them with hellebores and more daffodils. Since nothing wants to eat these two plants I find I plant more year after year.
The vegetable garden is coming right along too. We’ve had the most perfect weather for cold-crop veggie starts this year. It doesn’t look like much, but trust me, it’s doing well. The seeds are just very, very small. I planted two kinds of peas, lettuce, turnips, spinach, pak choi and carrots among other things. I have grafted tomatoes coming once things warm. I’ll write about those later.
I need to plant seeds for peppers, eggplant a couple more tomatoes. Maybe I’ll get to it, or maybe I’ll just buy plants. Everything must be prioritized in a garden this large.
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Okay, that’s all for now. I need to get back out there and prune the boxwoods, a huge job.