I spent part of last weekend planting Siberian squill around and under the old honeysuckles in the front yard. Siberian squill is a small, early spring flowering bulb also known as Scilla. A neighbor once told me that several people had spoken to her about how seeing my flowers on their way to work each morning brightened their day. If that’s all it takes to make people happy, I’m all for more flowers and Scilla are a good choice because they multiply rapidly and in just a few years there should be large drifts of small blue, star shaped blossoms.
The recent rains knocked bushels of leaves off the maples. They were too wet to do anything with in the early morning but once they dried I shredded them with my mower and tossed them on the compost heap. I’ll have to remember to keep any that blow around this winter off the scilla so the blooms aren’t smothered.
I also spent some time cutting back more perennials and wondered how I ever came to have so many as I dumped tarp after tarp full on the compost pile. (And I haven’t even tackled the beds in the back yard yet.) As the weather cools and the soil begins to crust over during the day I’ll come back and do some mulching around the shallow rooted plants. I don’t have to worry about plants like hosta, daylilies, and Siberian Iris but foxglove, yarrow, campanula and sedums can heave right out of the soil on warm days.
On the way to the compost pile I noticed that the leaves on the new bottlebrush buckeye that I planted in the shrub border last spring have turned a beautiful lemon yellow. This shrub really seems to glow against the darker forest behind it and I’m glad that I bought it.
When I finished puttering around in the yard I took a ride down to the farmer’s market for some fresh vegetables. I’m always amazed at the huge selection available there-they even sell furniture and jewelry. One person had several different kinds of chutney preserves that were hard to pass by, but I kept my focus. It’s getting to be beef stew time so I bought some carrots and small turnips. The carrots are sweet and the turnips mild. I could have also bought potatoes and beef at the market but I already had those. An added bonus was the nice tops on the turnips. Those fresh turnip greens sautéed in bacon fat with a little onion and a hint of garlic and then sprinkled with crumbled bacon are great eating! I was hoping I’d stumble upon a nice freshly baked apple pie for desert but unfortunately, I didn’t find one of those.
Well, I think it’s high time I get my mind off food and tackle some more leaf raking.