wednesday is garden day

More than most other days of the week, Wednesdays tend to concentrate on the garden. DH is off work (other than spending much of the morning doing paperwork) and we often host plant sales on Wednesday afternoons, as DH is here to dig for our customers.

It’s cloudy today and only 75*, though humid. Sprinkled this morning, so everything is wet. Here’s a picture of just outside the back door. Most of this is shaded by a very large old oak tree, so we have a lot of hostas here.

just outside the back door

DH was home earlier than usual today, so he went out and worked in the garden pulling weeds. Our garden helper Eliot was working in the fenced garden which had become overgrown, so DH worked there, too. He dug lemon balm from the garden, inside and out. That pile in the lower left of the picture is all lemon balm.

pulling out lemon balm

And he pulled some miscellaneous weeds and small trees from this nearby garden under a redbud tree.

pulling weeds

We hire Eliot to pull weeds in the garden five hours a week. We couldn’t keep up with the chore without his cheerful help!

Eliot, our garden helper

The fenced garden looks great now. And you can walk through it without forcing the weeds aside. :) We love this Rubbermaid wheelbarrow. What a work horse! We’ve used it for years and it just keeps going. A plus is that it carries water without leaking. All kinds of useful applications from hauling water to holding plants until they can be placed in the ground.

freshly weeded fenced garden

We went to the front fence to write plant sale times on the sign and I took this picture, looking back toward the house. I still need to do something about those upstairs window treatments. They look so stark. Didn’t show from the road until we took out two big pines last year, so I never noticed what those windows looked like from the yard before then.

front yard

front yard beds

The recent rain has done a number on the Russian sage.

front yard beds

This is one of our “unknown” daylilies. If you know the name, give me a shout!

Unknown daylily

Some of the hostas are still blooming.

hosta blossoms

Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ is one of my favorite grasses in the yard. It’s beautiful every season of the year.

Miscanthus 'Morning Light'

We had a plant sale this afternoon. All the monies we raise from plant sales goes into the mission fund at church.

plant sale time

Between customers, DH weeded around the redbud tree. We put two wagon loads of wood chips on the bed after DH finished pulling the weeds. He also dug out the irises and the daylilies that were growing here. They need to be moved to sunnier locations.

pulling weeds...never ending job

The tiger lilies always bloom in July and they are so pretty right now.

tiger lilies

If you enjoy being outside, you may like to see what others did outside today. Take a look at Outdoor Wednesday.

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And to enjoy perusing what is blooming in others’ gardens, visit July 2009 Bloom Day. Lots to see there!

~~Rhonda

19 Comments

  1. Posted July 15, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Rhonda, I don’t know how on earth I missed this wonderful post today! OH, you have a gorgeous garden and home! Look at all of the beautiful plantings, and I love the amazing windows in your house. I think they are perfect.

    Loved reading this. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, too! I was up making one more pass, and I saw your comment. I’m glad I did!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  2. Debbie
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Rhonda,
    Thanks for stopping by. Your yard is fabulous! I love your old historical home too. Thats the kind of place I could really fall in love with.

  3. Posted July 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Your gardens are gorgeous. You must have thousands of plants. I can tell it’s a labor of love.

  4. Posted July 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    The name of the butterfly bush is Buddleia Davidi “Nanho Purple”. This bush is lavender in color with the teeny tiny pink centers. It is lighter in color than the very populer Buddleia Devidi “Black Knight”.

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m going now to my little grandson’s house to give a big squeeze. He knows how to sing Happy Birthday now after which he makes blowing sounds like he is blowing out candles. As you can see, he has charmed me to death.

    Happy Gardening!

  5. Posted July 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    You have such beautiful gardens!! They look like something out of a garden magazine.

  6. Posted July 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Your gardens and house are so beautiful! I think split-rail fences add such charm to a space. I also really like the combination of Russian sage, daisy, and hot-colored daylilies. My Russian sage always flops over no matter how hard I cut it back in the spring, silly thing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. Posted July 16, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Lovely gardens! I covet your Russian sage, your lilies and your miscanthus. I wish hostas grew in Central Texas!

  8. Posted July 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    The tiger lilies are spectacular. And a great pic.

  9. Posted July 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    What a great garden and huge too. I wish I had a garden helper at times. Although I shouldn’t complain, our yard is small enough that I can weed everything in an hour. That’s if I don’t take a break every 10 minutes :-)

  10. Posted July 17, 2009 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Ugh, lemon balm. It’s taking over my garden as well, although I am grateful that it smells so nice when I’m pulling it up by the armload.

  11. Posted July 17, 2009 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, all of those daylilies are just gorgeous!! Wow. I would love to spend a day wandering through your gardens. I really love your fenced garden, it’s so charming.

    Thank you for the daylily IDs!

  12. Posted July 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Rhonda: Your garden is stunning. Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing. Great to make your acquaintance. Cheers, Yvonne

  13. Posted July 18, 2009 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Rhonda, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m delighted to get to know yours. What a gorgeous garden you have. Oh to have room for lots of hostas! Yours don’t look as if you have much problem with snails.

  14. Posted July 18, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    How nice to dedicate one day specifically a week to the garden. Looks like the hard work is paying off, nice to have a garden helper too. Weed pulling is my major job during this time of the year too. Thanks for the reminder about this task. It rained last night so this is a good time to get that job done quickly. :)

  15. ~~Rhonda
    Posted July 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Linda, thank you for commenting. No, we don’t have any problems with snails or with slugs, though we see a few now and then. We keep the hostas mulched with wood chips. Perhaps they are too splintery for those creatures. :) ~~Rhonda

  16. Posted July 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your visit and comment Rhonda. It’s lovely to see your beautiful July flowers. I could make use of Eliot too although my garden is a lot smaller :)

  17. Posted July 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Rhonda,
    I am late responding because I luckily noticed your post in my spam file before I deleted it. Thank you for your comments.
    Your wonderful garden is my favorite kind, the kind I could spend forever perusing. Our weather has been cool as well. I must get a garden cart like yours. It is a dandy. I should be so organized as to have a day dedicated to something. I’ll be back to see what’s featured in your lovely garden.
    Donna

  18. Posted July 22, 2009 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    It’s easy to see why you need the handsome, young, strong Eliot to help with the weeding. My goodness, your gardens are beautiful and plentiful. The view of your house and yard from the road is something special. Glad I stopped by.

  19. Posted July 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow! You have a dream garden (well, for a gardener – a non-gardener might be overwhelmed!). It’s absolutely beautiful. I love how you’ve combined colors so artfully – each plant is shown off beautifully. So nice to see so many fabulous daylilies :-)

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