The Iris’ are blooming in the Backporch Garden and the beans are coming up in my vegetable garden.
After laying down black plastic sheeting to keep the Pokeweed from growing in the barnyard, I prepared the dahlia bed. That meant potting the two blueberry bushes we planted there last year to give to our neighbors and transplanting the thyme that we grew around it as a groundcover.
Both the bushes and thyme were doing really well. But I’m not really interested in doing what it takes to cultivate blueberries and I was glad to have the space back for my Dahlias.
There was so much Thyme, I planted some of it between the stones leading up to the back door, some in front of my studio, and some in the garden in front of the house. There was a bare spot where I had yarrow growing for a few years next to the Bilco doors, but it all died this winter, so I put some there too.
I did all that yesterday so today all I had to do was turn the soil and plant the dahlia bulbs. I keep the dahlia bulbs in paper bags in the root cellar on one of the old shelves.
I have a new red and white striped dinner plate Dahlia this year. I can’t wait to see what it looks like, I’ve never had a Dahlia that big. I mulched the garden with hay and put up the little wire fence to keep the cats and chickens out.
On top of taking care of his own raised bed gardens, Jon also does all the watering.
8 thoughts on “Planting The Dahlia Garden”
Wonderful idea to plant all your extra thyme on your path. It will smell so good when you walk on it.
Oh True Jill!
You will enjoy the dinner plate Dalias, they are beautiful!
Why does that picture of Fate peering down the steps into the basement remind me of Lassie looking for Timmy? “Come quick! Timmy fell down the well! Again!”
Ha! Jill, maybe she is making sure that I come out again.
Your basement steps are absolutely gorgeous!
I have to agree Colleen. We have a very nice basement even if it does have a dirt floor and gets damp sometimes.