After a brief “paws”, garden work resumes

I have a legitimate excuse this time for the long gap between updates. My wife and I recently brought this cute little guy home:

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So, as I’m sure you can imagine, the last two weeks have been spent getting him settled in. Mostly a lot of “no, don’t eat that” or “oh, I see you have to go potty right now.” It’s all good though, he’s very sweet and a lot of fun to have around!

But this has meant that work in the garden has been proceeding at a slower pace. Weeds got a little out of control while we were tending to little Orsillo. But, I managed to plant several different native perennials (Coneflower, Black Eyed Susans, and Yarrow) next to the deck, and as you can see, there is still a ton of space to fill in.

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I’m going for a meadow/prairie look here, so I’ll likely add some ornamental grasses (like Schyzachyrium (Little Blue Stem) or Panicum (Switch Grass) as well as Monarda (Bee Balm) and Liatris (Gayfeather). All of these plants will benefit wildlife, in addition to (hopefully) choking out the Bermuda grass that constantly tries to creep in and take over everything.

Not far from this spot, the Arborvitae and Red Twig dogwoods I planted along the back of the house are looking great!

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The dogwoods are beginning to flower; the blooms themselves are not particularly showy, but that’s just fine, because the berries are the real prize later in the summer. By late fall, the stems of the dogwoods are a bright red and will contrast nicely with the green of the Thuja I planted between them.

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In the edible garden, we’ve been enjoying a steady flow of green beans, zucchini, and okra, with tomatoes just now starting to come in, and peppers, eggplant, cantaloupe and watermelon soon to follow. You can find pics of the vegetable garden and much more up on my Instagram page.

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