Mom and Tikka have been offering supervisory support while I have been out in the garden in the early mornings, shown here in a photo I posted to Facebook a few days ago. In fact, I am appalled at what a wimp I have become, and after a week of early morning gardening sessions, I am declaring the remainder of the week garden free. Well, planting free. I enjoy a bit of a morning putter, I enjoy time on the screen porch, I certainly enjoy dreaming about the garden's future and what to put where. I even enjoy digging and planting, although in moderation.
Mom's first day we went out to Oakes Daylilies, where I picked up the 38 daylilies I had ordered, except that it ended up being 45 daylilies, because I forgot about the "bonus" daylilies. A dozen of them went into the front beds, along with another couple of dozen plants, large and small. You can't really see the daylililes in the photo below, mostly because they aren't in bloom yet, and they are mixed in with the daffodil foliage, which has not yet died back. It is much easier to plant daffodils amidst daylilies, I have learned, than vice versa. The front beds are by no means finished, but they look good enough for now.
It wasn't the planting that did me in, although I am out of practice, It was probably the two loads of clay that got piled up on my Louisiana Irises when the sprinkler system was repaired, the two loads of clay that I dutifully dug up and hauled away to save my precious green sprouts, and my dreams of more flowers.
But the repair to the sprinkler system meant that paths in the back could finally be finished, and the back yard transformed from a sea of red clay mud to something both useful and potentially beautiful.. I've contributed nothing to the above scene except for the dirt on the table, and the two potted plants: a bay leaf and an angel's trumpet.
Oh, and this pot, the one most responsible for most of the dirt on that table outside. I brought the pot in to the screened porch, but delayed washing the dirt off the porch until the digging was complete, which I suppose means today.