Annual Pruning and Staking

I finally made it out into the garden this week to cut back some of my perennials. Right now is the perfect time here in Pennsylvania—and in many other parts of the country—to cut down ornamental grasses and last year’s perennial stalks.

Backyard Embellishments

The landscaper is done with our backyard! The skid steer sitting in the yard was the last remnant, and now it’s gone, too. All that’s left is a beautiful retaining wall, gorgeous cut-stone steps, a new swing set, a weed-free patio, a covered fire pit, and lots and lots of space to grow lots and lots of plants. How exciting when a big project nears completion!

Packed with Perennials

The perennial garden beds have been simply spectacular the past two weeks. The peonies are now in full bloom, the bearded iris are strutting their stuff, and the forget-me-nots have filled my front shade bed with a big drift of tiny blue flowers.

Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

The flowers in the garden look pretty nice this week. The big splashes of color are particularly welcome at this time of year, when the crop plantings are no so spectacular yet.