On the nice days I’m making trips back and forth to my recycling center to get 3 garbage cans at a time filled with compost in the back of my minivan. Hey, I may look like a train wreck while I’m doing it, but I’ve got to work with what I’ve got. Someday I’ll get a truck! I bring it back to the house, spread it on some beds, and the next nice day I do it again. My soil is so heavy with clay that I can really use as much compost as I can haul!

My wheel barrow completely fell apart a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been dragging the garbage cans around the yard in my kids red wagon. I need to get a garden cart.

I just ordered by downspout diverter for my new rain barrel. I’m pretty disgusted that it didn’t come with one and I ended up paying $30 more to get one, but I’d rather pay the $30 than have the barrel overflowing all over my patio.

I feel like my greens (chard, lettuce and broccoli raab) are never going to take off. I should have started them in flats instead of direct seeding them in the garden. The weather has been so weird, they are just teeny tiny little seedlings. Bah. I can’t wait.

I did plant out some Baikal skullcap, valerian and some feverfew yesterday. They were getting bushy in their little 4” pots in the greenhouse so I figured it would be safe to put them in the ground.

My lilac is blooming for the first time! I got it as part of a garden package from SpringHill nursery back in 2007. I moved it across the yard last year and shocked it pretty badly – I didn’t know if it was going to make it. It looks like it’s coming back strong this year.

My lilac blooming for the first time! So pretty!

Oh, and today I dug an iron bed frame we aren’t using out of the garage. I put it up against the house, in case I want to use it as a trellis. Is it lame? Does it just look like I propped up an old bedframe or is it pretty? Should I let a cucumber grow up there this season? Abbie doesn’t have a bed frame around her mattress right now, and this one would fit, but I’m kind of nervous about the spikey corners – I’m afraid she will get hurt. My kids are bed jumpers. I think she needs a nice ROUNDY bed.

Dug this old bed frame out of the garage today. Do we like it here? Should we let a cucumber climb it?

Do we like the bed frame against the house?

What do you think?

Here are some more pics of what’s happening out in the garden:

hostas, cheesey lighthouse, azalea

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carpet flox, magic carpet spirea

magic carpet spirea, carpet flox, iris in the back 

carpet flox and magic carpet spirea.

chives about to flower 

chives about to flower

Blueberry

Blueberry – plenty of flowers, not too many leaves though.

Lingonberry! 

Lingonberry! First year! Look at the pretty pink flowers!

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Palace purple heuchera. I hope it fills in all this space.

Pretty white flowers on this tree. I'm glad I pruned it heavily last year.

Pretty white flowers on that tree. Glad I pruned it like crazy last year.

Driveway garden extended down to the street this year.

I extended the driveway garden down to the street this year.

The shade garden needs a LOT of mulch!

Look at this disaster of a shade garden. I need to get rid of a LOT of weeds and rocks and bring in a LOT more mulch. One day it will be lush and ferney and beautiful!!