The first of my beloved cosmos bloomed today. Hopefully, it is the first of many.
I have been focused on structural additions to the Labyrinth Garden this year. The photos of my progress aren’t very pretty but I’m going to include a few for the record. The photo above is Alex hanging out while I add concrete bricks to reinforce the outer wall of the Labyrinth. I’ve got four blocks in, only the first one has a cap so far. This is the bed where I buried so many bulbs earlier this year. The blocks stacked on top with jute rope at the left are part of the support rigged up to straighten the Bradford Pear tree as it grows. I’ve included a better view of the 4 bricks below. They will all be capped and potted plants set on top of them by the time the wall is finished.
My red rose bush next to the chimnea is really blooming well. I forgot to cut it back in February and didn’t prune it until April, but every branch has a bouquet of roses.
I have enjoyed the hollyhock so well in my garden this year. I had forgotten I had planted them until they started coming up, but they continue to get prettier and prettier as spring rolls by. They have formed a beautiful semicircle around the oak tree. I’m not quite sure what has happened to the perennials that usually bloom in this part of the garden. Perhaps they are taking a rest this year. It’s nice that the garden is constantly changing, but it is sad when plants I consider “old friends” fail to return.
The solution to blemishes is not to throw away the pot, but just turn the blemish to the wall. or install a bushy plant that mostly covers up the pot. I haven’t yet decided what I want to plant in it.