Oh Glorious Glads

P8190027.jpgFrank decided that I was too obsessed about the edges where the lawn meets the gravel, and he convinced me to focus instead on the only flower bed I hadn’t yet weeded yet this year, as it was getting away from me.

So I hauled an entire trailer load full of weeds from this bed, as well as dealing with the entire edge where the lawn meets the gravel. My hands were bloodied and sore by the end of the day, as digging weeds out of that gravel was pure torture, but I couldn’t stop until it was done.

P8190038.jpgThe kitty kept my company all day, and Frank hauled away the weeds and brought in new mulch, and that bed is quite gorgeous now. We need to come up with some way to contain the lawn, however, as pulling it out of the gravel is far beyond the call of duty.

Wait, didn’t I say exactly this last weekend? No wonder I’m frustrated with this. We need to edge the lawn, and apply some sort of permanent weed killer or barrier in the gravel driveway, because there’s no way I’ll be able to keep up with our rather large garden if I also have to weed the driveway. Okay, enough complaining, huh?

P8190050.jpgThe tall garden phlox have been in bloom for a full week now. They look great, but they are definitely getting powdery mildew on them, and the clumps will need to be split next year. But I love the colors — I have too much yellow this time of year, so red, pink and white are very welcome.

P8190065.jpgSpeaking of other colors, the glorious glads are out. Bright white and vivid red — I did well picking colors for them. I love the way they look, and I like where I planted them, as well, which is nice. They seem nice and sturdy, too. I don’t think I’ll have to stake them at all.

P8190079.jpgOn the edge of the bridge (on the far side) I’ve got this little plant doing really really well. I’d picked it up somewhere early in the spring, yet didn’t write down what it was, so I of course haven’t a clue anymore. They look like miniature Black-Eyed Susans, some sort of draping, spreading annual. Anyway, I love it and would like to figure out what it is so I can make sure to either try to grow it myself from seed, or at least buy it again. [Edited: that’s melampodium]

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