I sometimes get so wrapped up in my garden junk that I forget to show you the beautiful flowers now blooming now in my gardens!
A beautiful fernleaf white Dropwort Filapendula.
Blue Chips Bell Flower. (Campanula)
Tall Maltese Cross. (lychnis chalcedonica)
I had to move a few of the Maltese Cross and they are a bit smaller than usual.
Whirlybird Nasturiums, a prolific annual.
Blue spruce sedum.
Flaming carpet sedum bed with blue spruce, voodoo and Angelina sedums.
About weeding: My Advice
I would love to have raised beds for lots of reasons. For planting ease, for weeding ease, for faster spring warm up of the soil in northern Minnesota. If you are a new gardener by all means consider raised beds, but I think moving all my perennials and redoing all of my flower beds sounds like a lot of work and maybe money too.
I do have a tip on weeding.
A few years ago I discovered a neat tool for weed removal. A triangular, pointed hoe. I have had this one for a while, as I think it was a Martha Stewart Kmart tool.
First bit of advise about weeding, WEED OFTEN! Don't let weeds get a strong hold. I go around with my pointed hoe every few days. If you weed often you can do it in 10 minutes or less.
I have had my pointed hoe for many years and the exact hoe is no longer available, but similar hoes are sold on Amazon.
I dug the point into the dirt trying to get the roots which will not be very deep because I weed often.
Here is my little grass tuft uprooted and thrown in the grass.
Again while standing dig the point in and under the plant and root.
And throw the little weed outside your flower garden, roots and all!
It just goes to show that sometimes nagging works. My husband of 20 years on July 2nd, sealcoated our driveway after several years of pleading and nagging. It looks so nice!
I am on vacation and getting out a lot of posts this week!
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