D*MN that felt good!!

mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)September 29, 2013

I got fed up this weekend. I said screw it and went on a rampage, cleared out a bunch of stuff. All those plants that I dug up for my patio rebuild? Some of them went back in the ground, some got tossed, some of them I tossed because I just bought new plants, like Japanese anemone. Heck, stuff is 50% off, and I like instant gratification, I don't want to play around with damaged divisions that may or may not do well next year. Poop on it.

I had a jungle of Siberian iris that I p*ss and moan about every year because they flop horribly (probably because I've never divided in....oh...15 years or so...) so out they went and replaced with very nice new Siberian iris plants - they look lovely standing upright, and for 5 bucks a plant what the heck. Now that bed has a lot more room, but I'll work on filling that in next year. The Stokes aster are on probation after being moved, only 1 plant out of 3 blooms - so if they don't bloom well next year, out with them (they're really nothing to look out outside of the blooms). Weeded out a bunch of brunnera (because, lovely as they are, they end up everywhere, a sea of brunnera...), thinned the turtlehead (kept a lot of those divisions, though - have a nice spot for them elsewhere). Etc etc etc - you get the picture.

There's a bunch of bare spots right now, but man did that feel good and I'm so glad I did it. I just feel so relieved - I have a chance to start fresh, especially with one bed that isn't ever "right". I think shovel therapy may be better than talk therapy. And boy did I ever get some deals on fresh new plants, too. :0)

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i often say .. GET MAD AT IT ...

sounds like you did .. lol ..

i try.. every season.. to do something.. that changes the 'look' of the garden.. from the front porch ... so that there is something to look forward to.. the following year ....not just the same old.. same old...

you just did that.. on your own terms.. good for you ...

congrats ...


    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 6:56AM
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I love that! When I go on a rampage these days, I find that I need to conserve energy. I'm not getting any younger and we have three acres with foundation plantings all around, plus about 6000 square feet of ornamental berms.

I've been mowing down some of the berms with the John Deere. I planned them that way. Works especially well for the peonies and the lilies. I still have to manually cut back the irises though.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 8:48AM
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There's something about autumn up north that feels really cleansing to have new soil, all smooth and clean, waiting for new growth next spring. I find it very satisfying to rip stuff out, cut things back, and prepare new composted soil ...a clean slate for the winter, to start fresh next year, to creatively plan.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 9:05AM
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Just the idea of 'bare spots' has such a nice feel to it. I think I will get out there with the shovel and go to work!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 9:13AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you wont believe what you motivated me to do yesterday .. lol ..

destroyed a 10 by 10 foot mock orange ...


    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 12:14PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)


    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 7:49PM
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Almost time to get out the DR brush mower. I use it for most of my perennial gardens and it gives me that D*MN good feeling. I took out all of my markers for my hostas and daylilies because I realized I really didn't care what the names were any more. In fact, even when I was selling them at the Farmer's Mkt, nobody cared what the names where! Frankly - they are all named "ME" now because I grow them and care for them. In fact, with the daylilies my favorites are the ones I hybridized myself. Yep, they are named "ME".

There is joy in every moment of gardening and even the tearing out and clearing of dead material is a joy because we know that in the spring it all starts again.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 6:11PM
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Well I'm the opposite. I can't get rid of anything or throw any plant out, ( well maybe mint plant? anyone want some mind plant?????) I have so many iris that need dividing, and I just can't throw any out, even the babies. Major problem...........running out of room everywhere to plant stuff. Wish I could be so brutal as you. Can't even throw out the seedpods from the perennials I cut down! I think I have a real problem...................

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 4:36PM
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Well, we are going to put in a 3' wide flagstone paver path down through a perennial garden in the spring so LOTS of stuff will have to be shoveled. I look forward to it and the new look that will be given to the garden.

Next will be a flagstone path down the hill right through the middle of another huge overgrown garden. Well, we are the top of the food chain, after all. (or are we?)

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 4:49PM
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