A "To Do" list is a gardener's constant companion, particularly in early spring when chores are as numerous as slugs on a hosta. It's always fun, and sometimes inspiring, to hear what other gardeners are up to.. so please chime in with what's top of your list these days.
Here's what I'm working on this weekend:
I'm finally planting the bulbs I bought from B&D Lilies at the F&G Show which were sprouting in their bags and desperate to get in the ground. I popped the double Oriental 'Lodewijk' (left) into pots on the deck to be seen and smelled close up; the half dozen Asiatic, June-blooming 'Kentucky' (below) went in along a new little evergreen hedge where I hope their melon color will shine.
I seeded a bunch of Dianna's purple poppy (P. somniferum 'Paeoniflorum') along the sides of my gravel driveway where the plan is it'll be happy enough in the sun and drought to re-seed itself. Yes, this is the opium poppy that put Dorothy and friends to sleep in "The Wizard of Oz', a dark, ruffled beauty with gray-green foliage. I also tossed out seed given to me by friends for a giant pod poppy that is supposed to be great in flower arrangements....
More time consuming is pruning back my lavender hedges by nearly 2/3 to keep them from splaying and becoming woody. The bonus to this job is the intense, summer-redolent scent of the foliage as you clip it. I'm also pruning hydrangeas, cutting out about a third of the old canes on the mop heads (H. macrophylla), while cutting back the entire 'Annabelle' plant, since it blooms on new wood and tends to get leggy.
Most fun is planting baby lettuce starts, sweet peas, purple-podded peas, 'Cascadia' snow peas, and herbs like lemon verbena, Greek oregano, cilantro and mint, safely secured in a pot to keep it from taking over the garden.
All the promise of spring in a dozen sweet peas just starting to climb their cage, and plenty of colored little lettuces, arugula and spinach. The lettuce will be ready to start snipping in just a few weeks, and the sweet peas, with a little encouragement from the weather, should bloom by mid-June.