Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Weeding Flower Beds of Grass, Blackberries and Passionflower Starts

This past weekend was spent weeding two of the flower beds in the front yard. Weeding the grass from those areas, along with the starts of blackberries, is a constant job during the growing season in spring and summer. Between the blackberry starts, the grass growing through the beds and the seedlings from the passionflower vines on the front yard fence, it keeps us both very busy weeding. Blackberries really like growing near the climbing roses, where I have my cotoneaster and a few heaths and heathers growing. The cotoneaster is sending out two feet branches laden with orange berries, and has grown quite a bit since this photo was taken. I'm hoping there will be more white flowers on the cotoneaster this year, the berries from last year are still in place decorating the shrub. Blackberries are all over Humboldt county, very common in yards and although easily dug up in the early stages, can become established in the garden. The blackberries in our yard find hard to reach places next to other plants, making it more difficult to dig them out. I've found if the blackberries are young and small, they are easier to dig out with a shovel, be sure to get the full root of the plant when you dig them out. There are a number of small blackberries in the flower bed I was weeding located under the climbing roses.

My husband worked on one of the flower borders that lines the pathway up to the house. The heathers there are doing very well, growing bigger and one is starting to flower for summer. The majority of these orange and gold heathers that line the walkway on either side are winter blooming shrubs. Originally I tried to keep the heaths and heathers together for spring, summer or winter blooms but that gave way to choosing shrubs I thought would look great most of the time of year, regardless of their bloom time. This particular summer bloomer has lavender flowers that are almost a florescent color against the yellow and orange leaves of the heather. The shrubs are a few seasons old now and getting larger. In winter the six heathers with leaves of yellow, orange and bronze color are a great asset to the less colorful front yard during the winter.

I cleared a portion of the flower bed area under the climbing roses, making more room for the erica heath flowering abundantly with large magenta flower bells, as well as more room to stretch for the cotoneaster plant which is directly under the roses. The nasturtium vines in the front yard trellis had some seed developed on the flowers, making it easy for me to collect a small handful and plant them under the climbing roses where I had been weeding. There's still quite a bit of work to do over near the roses but at least the weeding is a start to clearing up the flower bed. I'm eager to see if the nasturtiums take hold there and flower against the fence area. If this is successful I plan to spread nasturtiums along the fence area in the front yard.

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