Looking back over earlier posts (and the garden journal I’m keeping) has reminded me of changes large and small: shifting the arrangements of annuals around so the big pot has calibrochoa as well as verbena, lobelia, and poppies; moving the potted raspberry bush off the asphalt (it was cooking on hot days and I’ve learned raspberries like a wetter environment; the three canes a friend gave me died); hanging one of the hanging baskets; clustering the potted herbs on the front porch and on a shelf I can see from the kitchen window (though I worry the latter is not a sunny enough spot. I’m working with a lot of part sun/part shade areas).
This weekend I hope to be rid of the rhododendron; a neighbor is coming to dig them up and take them away, so I can put things we actually like in their place. Some overall goals I have for the garden are:
- Some evergreen plants so we have a little color in winter, particularly in the front
- Plants that attract pollinators (bees and butterflies)
- Blues and yellows (and greens, of course)
- Planting strategically to hide ugly chain-link fences
- A raised bed (next year!) for the tomatoes, strawberries, and other fruits and veggies (there’s too much lead in the soil here for edible plants)