Yesterday ended up being a fairly productive day in the yard. At first it was kind of cold and I thought I wouldn't make it outside. There are some days I don't mind being cold while I work, but yesterday wasn't one of them. Luckily the sun came out in the afternoon and it warmed up a bit. I managed to get another 10 bags of compost spread. I know I need at least 15 or 20 more, but it sure is starting to look nice now. That black gold really makes everything stand out. Plus after all that work I didn't feel guilty finishing off a chocolate Easter bunny!
I had a packet of Cosmos 'Bright Lights' that I planted too. I have an area where the colors sort of clash. I'm hoping these will help to transition from a pink and purple flower area into a yellow and red area. If it doesn't look great I just won't plant them next year, that's the nice thing about annuals.
Recently I bought a couple of large blue planters that I wasn't sure what to do with. I decided to put one in the middle of a flower bed. Sometimes a large container with a few tall plants gives some nice added height. I planted a few of the winter sown Cosmos 'Sensation Mix' in it and I'll probably just add more annuals for now.
I wanted to plant the winter sown larkspur and hollyhocks but I ran out of time. I also have some other seeds that I'd like to get planted, once the frost date is past I can plant almost all of my seeds except the sunflowers and zinnias. Those I usually wait to do until the weather is a little warmer.
Next, I tied up some clematis. They seem to really just come back so much stronger each year. I really don't do anything special for them other that try to prune them at the right time. There's almost always one that will be the perfect height for growing up a post or along a fence or over a trellis. You can usually find different ones that can tolerate anything from shade to full sun. I think I counted I have about 7 different varieties now, and am always adding more. Now that I have the nice blank space on the new fence I'll be looking for a new one. The clematis jackmanii is growing like a weed, it's really probably my best performer. It's already getting flower buds.
I also have 'Nelly Moser' growing with it. It doesn't grow nearly as fast.
Today is supposed to be another nice day, my best garden friend and I have plans to go plant shopping. I have a long list of plant wants, but I'm trying to pace myself!