My MO is to do all my spring gardening during the week of Memorial Day, ignore everything all summer (because bugs and heat), then clean things up and do divisions (and fall plantings) during Labor Day. Next year I need to remind myself how much it sucked spending 4 solid hours doing aggressive weeding in one flower bed.
Speaking of flower "beds", here's the flower bed bed on June 4 (freshly planted):
Marigolds, planted on Memorial Day, are still blooming:
Purple Bee Balm:
I bought this as a very small plant at the Hanover Garden Club sale this spring. It has done well, despite the drought, and it looks like I'll even get some blooms this year. I've noticed some powdery mildew on the leaves, which is a byproduct of the dryness.
Stonecrop sedum has started to bloom:
One Bells of Ireland plant has grown from the seeds I threw down:
I'm going to just let it go to seed and hope I get some volunteers next year.
I divided up my blanket flower in front of the house (this divided really easily) and added some to this flowerbed. I added some new bulbs (marked with orange flags in the top picture)- fritillaria, allium, iris, anemone. And a couple asters (one purple, one blue) for late summer color. And I put in lots of little mums:
They are the line 2nd from the front. I've seen some pots of well established mums for $15 each (large) or 3 for $12 (medium). These little ones were $1.30 each and there were 5 colors available. So I got three of each color, 15 plants total, for less than $20. Since I put them in on Labor Day, there's still plenty of growing time for them- mum still thrive by Halloween (as long winter doesn't arrive early). So I think this was a pretty thrifty decision.