Allergies really got to me this spring and I wound up in the emergency room and now carry my Epi pen with me and am seriously taking better care of myself.
The planting season was slow due to a cold wet spring and the seed starts seemed slow too. After planning the garden layout for the veggies and flowers, I transferred compost to the gardens and dug out seven new areas along the fencing and began to transfer the Iris and echinacea into two of the new beds. Wrong time for transferring iris, I know, but I had no choice. I am hoping they will recover by next fall.
The echinacea is budding so it seems hardy enough. So I now have three large beds of Iris and Echinacea. Then the twins and I created a small shade garden that could make for happy spring times. We took a hike to find out what kinds of plants like to live in the shade and then took pictures of them. We found Lily of the Valley, four kinds of ferns and wild bleeding heart, wild ginger, columbine and our favorite was the May Apple! Next we went to Romence nursery to buy our plants. We left space for new plants in the coming years…
We are trying to keep the plants alive this summer. The boys will be watering on the weekends and weeding too. We are planning a flower business for this summer. We will be telling you more about this next week.
Here are some pictures of the iris in the dye garden this Memorial Day Weekend. Some are from Schreiners in Oregon, and others are from a gardener in our neighborhood. I live in a Dutch community and the Dutch love their gardens!! We did add some tulips and more jonquils this past fall and have quite the bloom this spring! Whites, roses and pinks! They lasted all of May! 250 tulips…the rose colored tulips came in first, then the pinks and finally the whites.
Quite the spring! Now into the dye plants next. The next post will combine the working on the cut flower garden and then the dye garden projects! If you have questions, let me know in the comments. Thanks for visiting!