Well, my parents came to visit in Michigan, and I took the opportunity to put them immediately to work on the garden around the house!
I trimmed up the pine hedges (I don't know what they are, but they look like shrubs with pine needles... what am I supposed to call them?) Since we don't have hedge trimmers, I used scissors. They did the trick, and I was surprised at how quickly they shaped up and what a difference it made.
You can see a bit of the before here, if you look at the shrubs:
Ta da! And now, perhaps we can plant some shade flowers in between the shrubs...
The front garden beds pre mulch and much earlier in the summer:
I love mulch.
Also, did you notice our gutter downspout? Does a post on gutters interest anyone? We had them put on a while back, and we're waiting for the fancier splayed ground pieces. I guess they're on order. In the meanwhile, we still *finally* have gutters, which means that soon the basement will be dry-locked.
By the way, they bloomed....
So now my questions is:
Now that the blooms have wilted, do I trim them? Do I prune? they have definitely overgrown their little structural pieces....
Oh I have much to learn about gardening... Soon I'll have to start my sunroom herb garden!