Outdoor This and That 16: What's Blooming/Weeding Tips/Seal Coated Driveway

July 08, 2013

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!

Dropwort Filapendula
A beautiful fernleaf white Dropwort Filapendula.

Dropwort Filapendula

Blue Chips Campanula

Blue Chips Campanula
 Blue Chips Bell Flower. (Campanula)

Maltese Cross
Tall Maltese Cross.  (lychnis chalcedonica)

I had to move a few of the Maltese Cross and they are a bit smaller than usual.

Lady's Mantle
Lady's Mantle. (Alchemilla)

Whirlybird Nasturiums, a prolific annual.

Blue Spruce Sedum
Blue spruce sedum.

Sedum Flaming Carpet
Flaming carpet sedum bed with blue spruce, voodoo and Angelina sedums.

Blooming Cranesbill
A rosy lavender cranesbill that I got from a neighbor.

About weeding:  My Advice
Pointed Hoe for weeding
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.

Pointed Hoe for 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.

Pointed Hoe for Weeding
Today I encountered this little tuft of grass in my flower bed.

Pointed Hoe for Easy No Bending Gardenv Weeding organizedclutter.net
I dug the point into the dirt trying to get the roots which will not be very deep because I weed often.

Pointed Hoe for Weeding
Here is my little grass tuft uprooted and thrown in the grass.

Pointed Hoe for Easy No Bending Gardenv Weeding organizedclutter.net
Again while standing dig the point in and under the plant and root.

Pointed Hoe for Weeding
And throw the little weed outside your flower garden, roots and all!

Freshly seal coated driveway

Freshly seal coated driveway
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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  1. Hi Carlene! Hope you're having a nice vacation! Your plants are just glorious and that is a neat little hoe! I've never seen one like that before.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Your flowers are so beautiful. Have a great week.

  3. I try to keep vigilant on my weeding too Carlene. I find weeding my garden very therapeutic. I can curse at and pull those dang troubles right out of the ground :-) Weeding always makes me feel better and, my garden look better :-) You have a wonderful assortment of plants!

  4. Your flowers are lovely. I would also like to have raised beds but it's not going to happen.
    Great garden tool, thanks for the tip.
    Have a great week.

  5. What beautiful gardens. I'm with you on the weeding. I weed often and can't resist one whenever I see it. Saves a headache down the road.

  6. Your flowers are beautiful -- mine are so far behind this year due to the cool temps and tons of rain and cloudy days :( I JUST bought one of those triangular hoes this year and you're so right -- it's the best!

  7. Gorgeous flowers, Carlene!

    So that's the trick to getting rid of those pesky weeds! I think I even have that tool hanging in our garage.

  8. Beautiful beautiful flowers...
    it is so dry out here in West Texas, I have very few flowers blooming. I water...but it's not like good, ole rainwater....

  9. Your flowers are gorgeous, Carlene. Great tip about weeding. I'll have to see if I can find one of those gadgets. Your driveway looks nice too. Enjoy your vacation. I need one of those - or 2 or 3! laurie


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