4-27 Garden Progress

I discovered variegated ivy from my neighbor’s yard sprouting in both my asparagus and strawberry patches.  This is very bad.

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My first serviceberry tree survived two arbor-o-cidal attacks by my husband with the lawn mower, only to receive a grave wound during the drought/heat-wave of 2012. The crack begins in the trunk near the ground and follows the central leader into the tree’s canopy.

I gave the “terminal cut” to one of my poor service berry trees.  It suffered an enormous vertical crack up its trunk during last summer’s drought.

It is still raining.  The ground is still soaked.  The early spring vegetables are still more or less in stasis.  I can see that I really need to do an autumn prairie burn this September or October instead of a spring prairie burn in 2014.  Yeesh, waiting on the weather to clear enough for me to get into the garden has me problem solving all the way to 2014?

I will, instead, contemplate the lovely plants I purchased at the Illinois Native Plant Society sale

Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

Viriginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepius incarnata)

New England Aster (Symphytrichum novae-angliae)

For me, saying the names aloud is like sucking on hard candy.  The clouds go away and I’m flooded with long-lasting sweetness.

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