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notthatamanda:
I hope people will post pics of pretty things but all things garden are welcome.

We had three yards of mulch delivered Saturday and I just finished spreading it. Wow, that was the fastest that ever happened. I edged all the beds too. 

In the front - the circle with tulips, peonies and silver sage.
The row with the goji berry bush, One Hermione rose and three miniature tea roses, red, yellow and coral.
Other side of the front door, five crown princess margareta roses, two boomerang lilacs and the hydrangea.
Round the corner - hosta, wild ginger, lily of the valley and one bleeding heart that is still hanging in there after 9 years.
Out in the back - another row of peonies, two woodland ones, then the irises. Lots of irises. Silver sage will fill in there as well.

What's in your garden?

LilyBLily:
Here's what's blooming: Lots of wood hyacinths, mostly medium blue but some shorter white and pink. Tritelias, deep blue. Columbine in blue, purple, and pinkish white. White anemones that are incredibly invasive. A few daffodil stragglers from late plantings. A few tiny white alliums. A very few iris; something is up with them in all the beds, and none are producing as usual. Lily of the valley. A few money plants are still in purple flowers but others already have their "money," which months from now will turn translucent white. Some pinks that have survived for years are happily blooming, too. May apples I dug up from by a road somewhere are in fine fettle. Unfortunately, so are numerous invasive non-native bush honeysuckles, and I think I'm unlikely to have the strength to remove many more this season. They look charming, though. The wild phlox is blooming but hasn't tried to replicate although it is slowly getting larger. A white azalea is blooming, too.

The mountain laurel that the deer keep savaging has one bloom coming; I really want to fence it off but for now have used garlic spray. Yellow baptisia is beginning to open; the blue is not far behind. Lots of flowers are getting ready to pop, including the peonies.

I have no roses. Not enough sun.

As for the layout, we have no front yard as such; the front is light woods filled with daffodils struggling with the acid soil. I spent some time today weed whacking the hundreds of oak seedlings in hopes the deer will repeatedly eat whatever tender new leaves they put out. I find this is an effective and ecofriendly way of killing an oak seedling.

I put dirt against the house when we moved here, so the main garden is the house surround. Then I keep opening up new patches visible from the house. Mixed success with all, as the trees keep getting bigger and the sunlight keeps disappearing. Basically, we bought a house surrounded by woods and I am fighting reality. Most gardening is on some level. 

notthatamanda:
Oh it sounds wonderful.

I use bars of Irish Spring Soap to keep the deer off the hosta, hydrangea and tulips. However, something keeps playing with them and strewing them all over the yard this year. I've never seen that happen before.

I'm further North so we are just getting the buds on the roses and peonies, but there is going to be lots!

LilyBLily:

--- Quote from: notthatamanda on May 20, 2020, 12:44:21 PM ---Oh it sounds wonderful.

I use bars of Irish Spring Soap to keep the deer off the hosta, hydrangea and tulips. However, something keeps playing with them and strewing them all over the yard this year. I've never seen that happen before.

I'm further North so we are just getting the buds on the roses and peonies, but there is going to be lots!

--- End quote ---

I know the answer to that one, because I, too, used Irish Spring (in large pieces) against the deer. Then I saw a crow come and make off with the soap, piece by piece. If you have squirrels, they might be messing with the soap, too.

I make up an egg/garlic powder/water spray. It's effective for a few weeks if the rains aren't heavy, it's completely safe, and it's cheap. I probably should grind the powder finer because it tends to clog sprayers. I think it also works against rabbits.

Jeff Tanyard:
Pygmy Gardenias are currently in full bloom.  Regular Gardenias will bloom some time next month.  Holly flowers came and went quickly, alas, but I enjoyed them while they lasted.

I prefer plain-looking flowers that smell nice over those that look pretty but don't have an aroma.

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