Last little splash of Spring has brought on the weeds

This wet weather has been good for transplanting. Good for weeds too! Our back lot is fat with all the sticker grasses. Doc already found a sticker in Biscuit’s ear, and Badges barfed one up the other day with some of his lunch. My husband mows and mows – he joins the neighborhood symphony every weekend – but the foxtails and twirly stickers and barrel clover and star thistle just come back. Lately I been keeping the dogs closer to the house, where I’ve been able to keep the landscape a little more friendly.

I’m still moving my black plastic around, and I’m pretty happy with the results. Dead dirt isn’t as bad as I expected – I worried it would become a mud pit, and then dry up and send torrents of dust through my front door. So far that has not been a problem. The dead dirt is so hard, it just sits there.

I'll have to come back with the torch to get the weeds that came up along the edges.

I’ll have to come back with the torch to get the weeds that came up in the gravel, but the dirt stays clean with a hula ho. I’ll move this black tarp to another section of troublesome sticker weeds.

We planted a little grove of redbuds and a crepe myrtle that Whipple gave us, and they’re doing really well. Trying to fill in some space to keep out weeds, I added some blue sage and echinacea. The feverfew came up by itself. 

These have come along a lot with those nice rains. The echinacea is planted in submerged plastic pots to keep Mr. Gopher from eating it all up.

These echinacea and blue sage have come along a lot with those nice rains. The echinacea are planted in submerged plastic pots to keep Mr. Gopher from eating it all up.

 

Fever few is a neat little ground cover that has seeded itself around my property eversince the previous residents brought it into their garden.

Fever few is a neat little ground cover that has seeded itself around my property ever since the previous residents brought it into their garden.

 

I weed my a lot of my yards by hand because a lot of the volunteers are nice, I don’t want to mow them away. We got nice poppies this year, and a lot of stephanomeria with outrageous purple flowers.  But it takes a lot of hand pulling to maintain those little oases of color – my constant and close companion, Arthur Itis, says we should just mow the whole mess, we argue about it all the way around the yard.

When I pulled the plastic off my zeroscape areas, I started to get a lot of feverfew, a neat little herb that heads up into dainty white daisy flowers with bright yellow centers. They are wonderfully non-offensive little groundcover – the flowers are actually used for naturopathic medicines, a common remedy for headache and pollen related problems. Over the years I’ve managed to get a good patch going in my tenant’s front yard, they finally seem to be getting a leg up on the weeds, and my husband has a lot less mowing there.

I’ve enjoyed these Springy showers the last few days, I got a barrel full of  rain water.

Full to over flowing.

Full to over flowing.

And my husband and I enjoyed a nice pot of chicken soup.

Soup and salad.

Soup and salad.

It’s hard to believe – within a week or so, we’ll be enduring 90 + temperatures.   I got a note from Summer the other day, and she said she’s going to turn it up good. 

I’m ready!

 

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