Brrrrr. I say. Brrrrr! It was only 49F this morning, deeply overcast with a very chilly breeze. By noon it was barely 60F and now, at 2:30, it's back to 58F. You call this August?
Be that as it may, it's certainly a jean'n'sweatshirt day. Cool. Overcast. Time to tidy up the arbor bed. The poor, neglected, suspect arbor bed. Suspect because every time I clean it up the past couple of years, I am all the while wondering if it's worth the effort.
This year was no different. I'm thinking hard, now, that something has to change.
I don't want to totally lose the bed - the arbor needs a home and the bed itself balances the flow of the back lawns.
But does it have to be flowers? Why not a ring of shrubs? Maybe some small evergreens? A hedge? These things go through my mind as I wrestle with twisted nightshade vines, tree sprouts, wild strawberries, rampant perennial (pestiferous!) geranium.
Then there are the overgrown and dense Dutch iris and bushels of daffs. The peonies that I honestly don't care for. Really. Is this bed worth it?
I'll have to give some serious consideration over winter, but the thought of the outside ring being a hedge (evergreen or not) with perhaps some color in the middle might be way easier to care for. Something that's not so much hands on as it's a bed best for viewing, not visiting since it's in bright blasting baking sun all of the day.
I left most of the henbit as a ground cover. The landscape fabric path is clear and I cut down lots of iris greens and lily stalks. At least it looks a little better now.
It would be really really hard to give up on this bed. It was the only flower bed I had here for the first 5 years. When I bought the place it used to be square and further down the hill. I hand dug it (before I knew about lasagne beds) with a trowel to make it oval - and 'moved' it further up the hill. This bed is the source of all other beds. I just have to make it work somehow. If evergreen or flowering shrubs will do it, or something else. But this bed - in some form or another - stays.
I do like the hardy white hibiscus blooms in the middle. Kinda crazy this year because I never got around to roping it to the arbor. Looks like another trip to the yardwaste depot on Thursday. It's become a regular run these days. Sure hope we get some rain soon. We've only had .2" all month. September doesn't seem to promise any better. *sigh*
Oct 2003 - early flower bed with previous owners' plants, mostly daylily