The past couple of weeks have been spent getting the beds ready for annual plants. The tulips and pansies have bid farewell for another year, replaced by plants more suited for the coming summer. The knockout roses are in full bloom and more than live up to their name.
I pruned the knockout roses in Feb. and they have already doubled in size.
Japanese Maple "Waterfall"
Eastern Redbud "Forest Pansy"
I have recently started planting hostas in containers which has worked really well and have actually performed better than those planted in the yard. I have quite a few in pots on the deck and also in the yard. Those in the yard are elevated in the pots which draws the eye to them and makes them stand out more in the landscape.
Hosta "Sum and Substance"
My garden helper this weekend was Polly our newest addition to the menagerie. She does a great job of keeping the chipmunk population under control.