What a Difference a Week Makes…

Here is mister gardener’s edible garden a week ago. Potato plants galore, enough tomato plants to feed an army tomatoes for a year, lettuce, beets, asparagus… and nary a weed in sight.  You see, weeds don’t have a chance with mister gardener in charge.

On the other hand, here is a sample of my ornamental garden one week ago. Thick stands of chickweed (Stellaria media) had taken over every border. Pressing duties have kept me from weeding early in the season so this explosion of chickweed has produced enough seed to keep it in business for the next 1,000 years. Sigh.

Am I growing chickweed or dwarf gold mound spirea here?

Annual chickweed is a shallow plant and easy to weed by hand in damp soil.  For several days, I’ve worked outside from dawn till the moon rises in the night sky and I am happy to announce that I’m winning the war on weeds. Most of the borders have been weeded and piles of chickweed like this one are waiting for mister gardener’s wheelbarrow. What a difference a week makes.

Gardens have been edged. Plants are beginning to flower. Bees are buzzing. Birds are nesting. The pond is clean, frogs are singing their nightly chorus and Mr. toad finally made his presence known in the garden. The goddess Eostre has returned to Earth and brought with her the warmth and light of Spring.


Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) against Chinese fringe (Loropetalum chinense)

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester

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