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The First Mowing

Grass loves cool weather and rain. We have had both in abundance which means it was time for the first lawn mowing. The strip of lawn in front of the house looks neat, and so does the main lawn. Henry even managed to get into the Sunken Garden. I thought it was still pretty wet.  The late Elsa Bakalar, friend and mentor, said one of the tricks to preparing a garden for a Garden Tour is to keep the lawn regularly mowed – at least until the day of the tour.  She also said another important trick is to have sharp clean edges on the garden beds. I will have to work on that.

Bridge of Flowers May 6, 2011

 

In addition to working on my own garden, I brought plants down to the Bridge of Flowers to be potted up for the big Plant Sale on May 14.  The explosion of spring bloom is truly magnificent.

Earlier in the week I joined two other member of the Bridge committee to buy annuals for the sale, and I also got a delivery from Bluestone Perennials.  I put three yellow Digitalis grandiflora ‘Ambigua’ and three little red Achillea ‘Paprika’ in the new bed by Miss Willmott lilac as well as a yellow strawflower from LaSalles. I will get more annuals at the Plant Sale to fill in!

The Front Garden is starting to settle in.  The spinach isn’t doing too well yet, but the tiny lettuce seedlings I put in a week ago are growing, as are the very tiny broccoli seedlings. On the other side of the path I also planted French Breakfast radishes, a mustard salad mix and beets.  That bed had beautiful broccoli last year and I think the soil will be really good for root crops. The photo does not do the growth justice, but I am very happy.

Of course, it was Mother’s Day weekend. We drove out to Tyngsboro for a barbecue with daughters Diane and Betsy and their kids. Son Chris also showed up. We had a wonderful visit!  Here is a rare photo of Diane with 16 year old Colleen, the youngest of Diane’s three daughters.

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