Well .. we are still STUCK in SNOW .. it is supposed to rain today .. it is certainly cloudy enough to feel like it might just do that ...
Mean while I have been looking at last years garden pictures and trying to figure out what I should attack first after garden clean up is accomplished (mini miracle in itself for that !)
I know I made a mental note ( filed away among total chaos and dust bunnies in said brain)
The two Fire Island hosta flanking the Pinot Gris heuchera to the right of the picture .. they were assaulted continually by bad-ass slugs/snails that you could hear partying at night it was such a ruckus.
So ? what do I replace them with ... I am thinking Green Panda bamboo that I have in two patches ...
Nobody seems to bother them and since I have a tiny dry stream setting there .. it might just look good ?
Keep that mental note going then !
The Englemann ivy that over took both sides of the deck lattice was cut down .. you can see it top right.
BUT the roots weren't dug up yet .. so that is an important job to get done before it thinks it is allowed to go crazy again.
We loved the green enclosure but the problems with "blight" "powdery mildew" and BUGS were just enough to tip the scale to it's eradication ... we NEED easier gardening .. OK ... I need easier gardening missions .. body getting just too cranky to handle it all.
Maybe annual vines such as Morning Glory might fill that space in and can be ripped out at end of year.
I have to think that over ... a lot !
My poor Tiger Eye Sumac was never staked properly ... so that is a priority this year .. must stop scoliosis of said TES !
I had fun with lining the edging out of the garden with petunias ... you can see that impossible blue/purple? in the picture .. it really popped a ZING! in those areas ...that sun patch is planned with more butterfly weed and lavender and herbs ! .. it is the perfect spot.
Talk about inviting your "friends" in ? .. I want to throw a gala party 24/7 and finally have as many butterflies, bees and beneficial insects in my garden as possible .. so party on dudes !