Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Planting

The yard has been a mess since I moved in a mere 4 years ago.  It's New England, so I will still be new to the neighborhood until I have been here for 30 years.  I haven't made much effort besides growing grass (there was none when I bought the place) and moving leaves back from what used to be the yard when the house was built.

 My children consumed by the annual massive leaf fall last year.

Starting up bees has inspired me to clean up the unused, non-yard bits and plant bee friendly plants.

White Dead Nettle (Lamium Album)

Provence Lavender(Lavendula Intermedia)



Sunflowers, giant and not so giant in the raised bed

Heather and Heath

Seed beds containing Creeping Thyme, Catnip, and Echinacea

Also in containers on the porch are Cobweb Thistle (Cirsium), Calendula, Western Columbine (Aquilegia Formosa), Dune Aster, and some Rosemary.  I have more seeds that will go out later as the summer progresses.  

I put out 2 different types of flowering cherry trees and have some cherry bushes on order.  There are a couple of Black Pussy Willows freshly planted.  Needing to be rooted is a whole bunch of pussy willow branches that are sitting in a bucket of water.  

Most of the tilled soil visible around the garden boxes has been sown with Crimson Clover.  I will till up some more of the yard and seed it with Sweet Yellow and White Dutch clover in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of summer, it was in the 80s (F) today.  Thought it was July there for a second.  It will probably snow before the month is out.

With another couple of weeks until the first package of bees arrive I will have to be content watching the local bees.

1 comment:

  1. When you start keeping bees (or when you decide to), you become aware of all of the naturally-occuring bees around you!

    Good luck - Steven