The New Jersey weather this week had its ups and downs. Some days were beautiful and others were damp, foggy and chilly. I took advantage of the nicer days and spread mulch throughout the front beds. I usually do both the front and back beds myself, but as I’m aging, it’s taking me longer to do. To haul several yards of mulch to the backyard is becoming too big a task for me, so this year, we hired a landscaper to do that part of the yard. And that has been a lifesaver!
In general, I mulch the yard myself because I do not want to risk the landscaper crushing my plants that are emerging from the ground. I have so many small perennials in the front beds and they grow so quickly, it’s worth it for me to just do it myself.
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The Front Garden
Since the front gardens are my labor of love, this is where I spend most of my time early in the growing season. The front flowering crabapple tree has been blooming for almost a week now! It is a current haven for pollinating bees – they are literally covering the tree! While I was mulching beneath it, the happily buzzing bees sounded like running water – it is so cool!
The tulips, pansies, creeping phlox, forget-me-nots and viburnum are still putting on quite a show. The bachelor’s button, salvia and dianthus that I planted last week are all doing well and blooming early since I purchased them from the nursery. All the plants that I divided and moved around took well and are growing nicely. Walking around the yard, I noticed all of the bleeding hearts and magnolia tree are in full bloom. And it looks like my alliums, catmint and rhododendrums should all start blooming sometime next week!
The Backyard Gardens
I am often asked if the front gardens are the only gardens I have. The answer is no. I usually start gardening in the front first because the plants start blooming very early there and it’s the first thing we see.
Since we are not in the backyard much in early spring, I put off working back there until Mother’s Day because several of the backyard plants are annuals or tender plants. Our deck, berry and vegetable gardens, as well as all of my containers, are all located in the backyard. While there isn’t too much to see back there right now, the gardens are starting to green up and fill in. Since the landscaper just finished mulching the backyard beds, let me take you on a quick tour.
Thank you so much for joining me on another garden tour. In case you missed last week’s tour or want to see how much the garden has changed, you can see it here. I hope you enjoyed checking out what’s blooming this week and look forward to sharing next week’s tour with you!
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Thank you for following along and sharing with me. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo