Gardening Magazine

Flower. Power!

By Kate_miller
Flower. Power!Three cheers for the well-established garden.
Not well-planned, mind you.
Just, sort of, well-established.
Flower. Power!
I was thinking about that as I slaved away, prepping the garden beds for a brand new season. Man! I'm outta shape. Muscles squawking mightily this morning. I'd intended to clean up one, maybe two, areas but I got in a groove and just kept on going.
Plus, I wanted to stay ahead of the weather. Spring doesn't really happen in the mountains. We vacillate between summer and winter, and back again, quite often in the same, darn day.
Flower. Power!
I lack that gene, commonly known as self-control, so my yard is home to 11 different flower patches, the first of which was planted in the summer of 2003. (AKA, the 'well-established' one.)
Flower. Power!At some point, this crazy mess might merge into one gigantic garden. Like you see in those jungle movies. Where The Rock, or Schwarzenegger leads the way, wielding a machete  ~ should you have the hutzpah to go for a stroll.
But, right now, they're just separate, sunny flower beds. (Mild-mannered enough that you don't need a macho guide.)
The oldest garden is the last place I visit and the longest place I linger. Not so much to admire. Mostly to catch my breath.
In spring, I'm so exhausted by the time I reach that flower patch, it's nice to just plop down and inspect the perennials peaking out of the muddy soil.
Flower. Power!
These perennials are so big and bossy, that after 7 summers, they are super self-sufficient. Making life easy as pie for lazy little me.
Flower. Power!Heck, they even weed themselves.
Mostly because they're packed in like sardines.
I know... I know... I should thin them out a bit. But, I highly doubt that's gonna happen. I'm likin' this dense pack. It's so crowded in there, most weeds don't stand a chance.
* My dense pack flowers are just tiny green shoots this early in the season. Bulbs are squeezed into what little soil is left in these over-crowded gardens. They keep things colorful while the long-blooming perennials wake up and start growing.

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