Welcome to my Indiana garden in early May.
This is my favorite month.
Our wedding was in May and it is just so beautiful.
The weather has been wonderful this week and it shows in the garden.
This is an old, old variety... and I just love them.
Mine is three years old and just beginning to get the look of a mature shrub.
It has a nice leaf form and looks nice all year with some good fall color as well.
But the blooms in May are just spectacular.
It is my "early hydrangea" in the island bed.
Mine are so healthy looking this year.
They will need divided again, some are pushing out of the borders.
Some lucky garden friends will get some loot when I get the energy this summer.
I think I have every white blooming plant I can grow here.
Even without the blooms it looks nice.
The soil here was not ammended and I have to tell you I regret that.
I have lost several plants in this area and only the strongest survive the harsh western sun.
But finally after 8 years it is looking soooo much better.
Last year they looked so bad, so much dead in them.
They were even bigger than this photo.
Five in all, and I must admit, it was a mistake to plant them.
I was just so rose crazy, I loved the idea of them
spilling over the wing wall onto the rose garden below.
They did for a time... but mostly they made it impossible to weed or mow near them
and they were so hard to maintain with the horrible thorns.
And they suckered so bad, kept coming farther and father out.
They would have that entire hill in a few years.
The Jap. Maples look wonderful this year.
I am sooo happy they are mature enough to be seen now.
What are my garden chores this week?
I have grass issues in the back gardens.
I will have to dig up two areas.
I just cannot get them out.
I have some annual seed I will add in the holes.
Dandelions are fierce this year.
I have decided country gardens just have weeds.
Maybe it is part of the charm.
I am just surrounded by so much open land
and so many self seeders that want to be in my garden.
Vetch, rye grass, wild mustard and thistle are so agressive.
I have groundcover and mulch to combat them,
but just a little patch of dirt and they make a run for it.
I guess it keeps me busy right?
Come back soon, I have buds on the roses!
Brooke Berry Kroeger writes at the Creative Country Mom blog. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs. Brooke has started doing freelance photography work, contact her for your business or family photography needs. She also provides social media training and services including graphic design work for other websites and area businesses.
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