The walled garden is teaching me a lesson these days. It´s all about accepting the things I cannot change. I do not know what happened this winter, but a lot of plants have died (like my lupins, which are dearly missed) and others just won´t grow. About half of my lavender bushes have given up the ghost. One bed is infested with mint and I can´t seem to get rid of it (listen to me: thou shall not plant mint in flower beds, it´s invasive). In one bed, the asters are sick, some sort of fungus - I´ll have to rip them out completely which will leave a huge gap. My lovely white rambler rose that grows along the wall has contracted the mildew. It´s like the seven plagues. And there´s not much I can do.
But. Fact is, the garden looks very different from what it looked last May. But it doesn´t look bad. For example, the aquilegia are delightful this year, and I love the soft pink they add to the color palette. It could be worse.
This bed, for example, is looking just lovely. Pictures don´t do it justice. It´s the one bed I was really discontent with last year and I´ve invested quite some time last autumn to fix it up. Looks like it payed off! Also, look at that allium! Love.
This year, saponaria officinalis has sneaked into my beds. I know it´s a weed, and an invasive one, but I just can´t kill it. I think it looks so pretty, so it will stay for now. I have a feeling I´ll regret this, but oh well.
I repainted the deck yesterday. Still so very happy with the color.
Aquilegia are my favorite flowers, I think. I am so happy that they finally have established themselves in my garden. When we moved into the house almost four years ago, my mom sent me some rare aquilegia seeds. All of those plants stem from this little package. Thank you mom, look at them now!
Still my happy place, regardless of all problems and faults.
Another post on the veggie garden coming up later this week! I know some of you are eagerly awaiting an update.