The Birdhouse: A West Virginia gardening journal


One thing I love about taking over someone else’s garden is that you keep finding out what your predecessors were all about.

Case in point:


Never seen these before. They are huge and very fragrant.

These were blooming spectacularly when we arrived– I’ve not seen them in the nearly 5 years we’ve owned this place. They were the result of a gnarled, profoundly unhappy clump of roots right by the front steps that had produced nothing– very few leaves, even– since we moved in.

On a lark last year, I dug up the mass and broke off the healthy tubers and planted them around in the sunny parts of the yard. I guess they are happy in this location at least!

Other than that, lots of hard work this weekend. Pruning, mulching, weeding, and putting in two new beds of ferns. I really hope these will help fill in some of the dead zones along the driveway.

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What’s blooming? Almost all purple and yellow. Siberian Iris, salvia, catmint, coreopsis just beginning. And these cool wildflowers (some would call them weeds) which a biologist friend informs me is called hawkweed.

This entry was published on May 21, 2017 at 10:20 pm. It’s filed under spring and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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