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