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  •  Happy Anniversary! (13+ / 0-)

    Garden blogging is my guilty Saturday morning fun, and although I seldom post, I almost always come to enjoy the stories and pictures.

    As for garden disasters, I've been swamped this last year with deadlines and too much to do, so I barely got into the garden at all this last summer. This, it turns out, is not a great idea when facing some of the worst hot/dry temps in years. I watered when I could, but this last year was pretty hard on a lot of my plants. A few (some emerald green Arbs I put in last year) were so clearly dead that I couldn't face the silent admonishment and pulled them out before winter, but others (including the ferns), I'm hoping will come back as good as new.  We'll see!

    I too have faced the problem of grass in among the dianthus. It's a constant problem, since the grass grows into the beds and then sneaks under the dianthus plants. Around twice or three times every year I dutifully try systematically to remove all the grass, but it's hopeless. It always comes back, and then there is this stupid looking grass poking up above the flowers. Aaarg! If I didn't like them so much, I'd pull them out and start again.

    My schedule should calm down soon, so I'm looking forward to starting up my seeds and getting dirt under my fingernails once again.  And this year I promise to water!

    •  Yes, I had to (8+ / 0-)

      laugh at the dianthus story because I had the same problem.  Some years ago, I had a dianthus in a bed in the front yard that wasn't doing so well, so I tried transplanting it to a bed in the back to see if it would do better.  

      Unfortunately, there apparently was a blade or two of grass in it that came along for the ride.  The dianthus loved the new location ... and so did the grass!  

      After a couple of years of trying to pull up the grass without uprooting the dianthus with it, the dianthus died, but I still have grass popping up in that spot of the bed where the dianthus used to be.

      With spring approaching, I'm starting to wonder what climate change will have in store for us this gardening season.  Two summers ago, the yard was under water for almost the whole season after a record-setting rainy year (blew the old record out by a mile), followed last year by a drought (go figure).  What challenge(s) might we get this year?!?!

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