ikea garden helpers
About five years ago Ange bought a bunch of blue plastic fiber IKEA shopping bags at a garage sale. We re-purposed them for weeding and they turned out to be the best garden helpers ever. There are three sizes –small medium and large. They are lightweight with large carrying handles. What a find!
dwarf asiatic 'buff pixie'
This little gem came from the bargain bin at a local big box store. If I remember correctly, I only paid two dollars for it. Since being planted 'Buff Pixie' has thanked me over and over for giving it a place in my garden. The soft buff-orange sorbet color is so striking that it almost glows in the flower bed. Buff Pixie grows 8 to 12 inches in height. The large blooms look the best in a mass planting. I grow my plant in 100% sun, although it will grow in part sun also. Bloom time is in early summer, before the daylilies start blooming. When I see this Asiatic bloom I know that it won't be long before it's daylily time.
pitchfork = weeding helper
If you want a great weed assist, look no further than your pitchfork! When it comes time to weed I dig through the entire flowerbed with my pitchfork to loosen the soil and free up all the weeds. I have used this method for years and it is very effective, making hand weeding absolutely effortless.
Next to the pitchforks is the heirloom 'Aunt Helen's Iris.'
My daylily beds are all weeded and mulched, ready for summer. The daylilies are looking fantastic after all the recent rain and it should be a stellar bloom season. Annuals will be added in the next week or so. Thank you so much to my dear friends and family who helped me get these flowerbeds in order. I am overwhelmed beyond words.
Shoutouts to Blake, Tara, Mary, Mary, Sally, Jim, and Tami. And, of course, Ange.
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