Mulching and Jiving

So, my renewed interest in blogging is off to a slow start, just like this spring. I have planted some seeds and done a monumental day of edging, but I am mostly in waiting mode. Here's the latest.

Creeping charlie and other weeds had infiltrated the native plant bed over the winter, so I renewed the edging and threw on some leftover mulch that had been piled up since last fall. Only the blood root and service berry tree (and the ubiquitous violets) have bloomed so far, but soon a succession of white flowers will begin.

Creeping charlie and other weeds had infiltrated the native plant bed over the winter, so I renewed the edging and threw on some leftover mulch that had been piled up since last fall. Only the blood root and service berry tree (and the ubiquitous violets) have bloomed so far, but soon a succession of white flowers will begin.

Betty the Magnolia has finally finished her record-setting bloom period. Some cat mint, bee balm, and Easter lilies are new, but I am trying hard to resist the urge to buy and plant more. I threw down lots of seeds between the emerging perennials instead.

Betty the Magnolia has finally finished her record-setting bloom period. Some cat mint, bee balm, and Easter lilies are new, but I am trying hard to resist the urge to buy and plant more. I threw down lots of seeds between the emerging perennials instead.

The lilac is putting on a show, but everything else (again, with the exception of the violets) is taking its sweet time.

The lilac is putting on a show, but everything else (again, with the exception of the violets) is taking its sweet time.

This corner has always been neglected--maybe this summer will be different. I moved my Carolina jessamine over to this fence, and it is not reacting well. I added a new rhubarb, and the open space was seeded.

This corner has always been neglected--maybe this summer will be different. I moved my Carolina jessamine over to this fence, and it is not reacting well. I added a new rhubarb, and the open space was seeded.

I planted some tomatoes, some early tries at squash, cucumbers, and beans, and started a new strawberry bed. The old strawberry bed is still giving, so I mulched it. We're eating lots of greens and progressively more asparagus.

I planted some tomatoes, some early tries at squash, cucumbers, and beans, and started a new strawberry bed. The old strawberry bed is still giving, so I mulched it. We're eating lots of greens and progressively more asparagus.

Our project to convert this shed into something more attractive and usable is in limbo until I can find a contractor.

Our project to convert this shed into something more attractive and usable is in limbo until I can find a contractor.

Happy spring!