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April 25-May 1, 2022: Week 16 Garden in Review

We are in full swing spring bloom! Currently the work I am doing in the garden is simple maintenance. Weeding, fertilizing, trimming, deadheading, and watering have been the bulk of my to do list. We have a tent/garden party scheduled for May 7 and the goal is to have the garden in its best shape for it. Unfortunately, my irises are about a week ahead and the poppies are a week late, so there will be some bare spots in the landscape. I have been working very hard to keep up with the weeds. In addition, I have been using Scott’s Super Bloom fertilizer in every watering of pots and containers and window boxes to maximize the blooms. I believe that a healthy start assures a better bloom season. Once the containers are about a month old, I will fertilize once or twice a week.

Updates: The bog garden is slowly bouncing back and pitcher plants are forming roots. I still have one flat of winter started seedlings to find a home including scabiosa, salpiglossis, marigold, a six pack of vinca, and a few foxglove. I am still growing cleome, red and white double petunia, pineapple and chocolate mint coleus, zinnias, sunflower and silver falls dichondra.

New: This week a friend gifted me a Fleur Farm Dahlia gift certificate. I had watered her seedlings in her high tunnel a few weekends prior when she was out of town. While not necessary at all as she and I exchange plants often, it was a lovely gesture, I ordered 5 dahlia and am excited to see them in bloom. I ordered Zundert Mystery Fox, Jowey Martina, Arabian Night, Milena Fleur and Crème de Cassis. In addition to the dahlias I also ordered more dwarf zinnia seeds for the front of my summer borders from Swallowtail Seeds. I will start those as soon as they arrive. I love Zahara zinnias for their ability to fill containers, and spill, over the edge of my raised beds, so ordered a couple of those varieties.

All in all, the big work is winding down and the maintenance and enjoyment phase of the season is dialing up. Below are some photos of what bloomed this week:


April 19-24, 2022: Week 16 Garden in Review

Wow! This is the week every year when my garden explodes in color. I have finished planting all of my seedlings and have begun to fertilize daily with a bloom boost fertilizer to get them started in their new homes. Meanwhile the perennials are perking up, the grass is greening and every day a new flower opens! This week brought the first poppy, the first yellow iris, the first Baltic star iris, cordoba iris, lady friend iris, a schizanthus, a dianthus I started from seed in July, a columbine and lovely verbascum. I didn’t do much work this week beyond general upkeep, watering and weeding. I enlarged the seedling bed that currently houses my onions and bachelor buttons to make room for a lot of zinnia. I dug out the grass and weeds and added garden soil to about a 1 foot wide add on to the front of the original 16 foot bed.

Pink Shirley Poppy
Cordoba iris