Swallowtail butterfly on the lilac bush.
I thought I'd share a few pictures I've taken lately around our yard to compare the growth in our gardens.
A beautiful Saturday morning on the hill behind our house.
Weeding the garden is a weekly thing, especially after a rain when those little green weed sprouts pop up so fast. As you can see by the 'new' grass behind the garden we've cut our weeding job by half this year. :-}
We do have some beans and peas popping up too! The carrots and beets aren't doing so well though. Maybe I planted them too deep.
I don't see any rocks. Do you see any? Oh, I see a weed there though.
My neighbour's Rhododendron and yard.
This garden is at the side of our property (looking at the neighbour's house).
I'm not sure what's going on with this little bed of perennials this year. I put this in about 12 years ago around 2 stumps but an ant colony that I can't seem to get rid of is to the left of the stump where the gnome is sitting. The stump is starting to break down because it's riddled with ants!! I've put Insectigone all over that area but the ants aren't dying off. The short plants are Rudbekia and they are usually much taller by now. The Purple Aster in front of it was moved there this spring as it wasn't doing well in it's former location and it's still not doing great. The Sedum is growing beautifully but there is a Liatris behind it that is shorter than usual. I fertilized the plants once and will do again when the rain stops.
We had some space at the back of the veggie garden so I planted Cosmos, Zinnias and Alyssum. They look rather skimpy yet but will fill out.....if the deer don't eat them.
The rock garden is filling in and will soon have lots of pinks and purples.
One night last week we has a spectacular sunset. It was cloudy in the evening but clearing in the west as the sun was setting. The clouds looked like they were dipped in pink paint.
We had a fantastic day yesterday for the music festival with gorgeous sunshine. I'll share more of that later in the week. Today is cloudy and 17 waiting on the rain to start.
Have a blessed week ahead. I'll be back soon with a Canada Day post.