Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Friend or Foe?

Welcome to the first edition of Friend or Foe, where you tell me… friend or foe??

This is the first year that I have ever been able to (sort of) say that I have my own garden. It still isn’t really what I’d call a garden… but it’s better than pots by far!

We moved into the house last August, and I prepped last fall by pulling up the grass where we couldn’t mow (resulting in a natural curvy shape), and planting some perennials. I didn’t know if any would survive the winter, but I thought it was worth a shot anyhow!

Now the spring has come, and I’m starting to see some of these perennials, among other things, come up from the undergrowth… when I look closely.

This is what my garden looked like when I started digging and pulling a few days ago…

Lovely, no?

In one section of the garden there were many plants that look like the picture below. This is the first plant I need your help with. It is obvious that it is an invasive plant, as it is taking up much of the garden  but I have no idea what it is. Any ideas?

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Here is a close-up. Note the tiny ball-seed things?

In other news, I do have six bunches of irises that I planted in the fall coming up.

See? See?

I also planted two bushes today – a bleeding hearts bush, and a potentilla bush.

This is the potentilla bush. Right now it is about t6″ wide and 8″ tall, but will eventually grow to be about 2′ each way. It gets covered in small yellow flowers in the summer.

While this bush is pretty sad looking right now, I’m hoping a little TLC will perk it up.

I love the way bleeding heart flowers look.

I also have this plant growing. I am pretty sure it is something that I planted in the fall. My best bet is that my
marigolds actually went to seed and that this is the result, but I am far from sure. What are your thoughts?

All in all, I had a pile about 3′ wide and 2′ high of deadgrowth and pulled grass by the time I was done. This completes the first phase, and hopefully by this weekend I will be able to plant some seeds in there!


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