Garden In The Burrow plants and rants by gardening diva Cheryl Monroe
  • Cut this, prune that, weed there,…..

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    Jun 22

    This time of year, especially in one that we gets plenty of water , the garden behaves like a ginormous beast. In order to have a cottage garden that looks like it effortlessly grew together in the perfect blend  of annual , perennial, shrub,  herb and vegetable , the exact opposite of “effortless’ is required.

    Some self-seeding plants like the hummingbird favorite Husker Red’ penstemon gets a little overzealous and must be weeded out where they are too prolific,

    penstemon escapee

    penstemon escapee

    Some plants that line borders decide instead the pathway is EXACTLY where they meant to grow  and they must be trimmed or staked and  tied.028

    rose cane in the path

    rose cane in the path

    false indigo

    false indigo

    Some plants never cease coveting their neighbors space and must be ruthlessly reminded to keep to themselves

    dogwood growing through EVERYTHING

    dogwood growing through EVERYTHING

     

    prolific raspberry canes

    prolific raspberry canes

    so many things growing into the geraniums

    so many things growing into the geraniums

    Some “great ideas, like letting ox-eye daisy ( a weed)  stay just until it is done blooming because I love it ( it must be deadheaded immediately to prevent seeding) or letting the violets stay in the Pink Garden because they are larval food for butterflies, prove to be very bad ideas indeed. Now the weeds must be reckoned with so in the end there will still be a Pink Garden and not just violets and daisies.

    daisies

    daisies

    Trying to remember where I seeded what is forever a challenge, I think I go through twice as much seed as I truly need due to inattention  and forgetting to water, or mistakenly weeding out all the zinnias. Every year I swear I will use markers, and this year I even did in a few places, but coincidentally those I placed have just served as skinny plastic  tombstones for plants that did not make it.035

    In a good year all the clematis I usually adore becomes a nightmare of growth, seemingly feet a day that must be tied

    'Gravetye Beauty'clematis

    ‘Gravetye Beauty’clematis

    in and trained.

    When huge flushes of bloom happen, huge amounts of time must be spent deadheading so the garden does not look like a big brown mush ball.

    peony waiting to be deadheaded

    peony waiting to be deadheaded

     

    It ain’t easy making it look easy ;)

    But looking at all the beauty that surrounds me, I guess it is hard to  complain

    butterfly on mock orange

    butterfly on mock orange

     

    rosa 'Julia Child'

    rosa ‘Julia Child’

     

    Salvia'cardonna'

    Salvia’cardonna’

     

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    view into back garden

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3 Responses to “Cut this, prune that, weed there,…..”

  1. Hmm … so if my “Husker Red” Penstemon is not spreading much, maybe it needs more sun?

    I aways enjoy your comments & photos. Keep up your good work.

  2. Hi Bonnie, Thanks …and I have never heard of a well behaved Husker Red, you must be an excellent weeder!

  3. Is “effortless cottage garden” similar to a “maintenance free garden” ?

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