I love this time of year when it is 6:00 pm and the sun is still up. I know that later on, it will be almost 10:00 before the sun goes down, but right now I’m still enjoying the novelty of the sun shining when I finish work. My daily walks around the house have become more interesting with green things popping up and squirrel divots caving down. I’m trying blood meal this spring as a way to keep them out of my moss, which can’t take being dug up like that. We’ll see if it works or I end up killing my moss with the Ph shift. Maybe I’m not changing anything that drastically, but moss can be funny like that.
This year, I’ve got a bunch of spring bulbs coming up for the first time. The Siberian Iris are brand new to me, and I hope they naturalize. I had to take a picture when I came home from a walk and found the late sun falling almost horizontal on them, though you really can’t see it from this photo.
I’ve got them in my miniature garden, which was kind of a happy accident. When we moved in three years ago, this bed was overgrown with junipers, bulbs (which I’m still trying to get out) bluebells, (again, still trying to control) and rocks. I spent about 40 hours over a couple of weeks thinning out the junipers to make them bonsai-like, and added more rocks since we had a pile of them from the basement-tidy, and then moss, since that was what was in my yard. It turned out great, and there’s still enough to do with it to keep me busy for an hour when I feel like it, instead of all weekend when it was brand new. Now you see miniature gardens with fairies and such all the time, but I’d never heard of them when I started ripping out junipers.