It's not too early to smarten up the beds. Daylilies are finishing their bloom and can be divided; the same goes for other perennials...time to freshen the plantings, thin out perhaps, share with friends. So we started in on the Inula magnifica...doesn't that just tumble off the tongue...Inula....you are magnifica!!... "too magnifica dear and you need to come down a few sizes!" Mind you, in our garden it thankfully doesn't reach it's full potential (and perhaps we now know why).
Who knew rockzilla was just below the surface. "Ahem...Captain...over here..we've got a problem!" From the start, this garden has been a rock haven in a sand dune....a challenge to say the least. (Can you feel my pain???) Yards and yards of compost on top does not make rock underneath disappear, and the sand only sucks the good compost into it's miserable depths.
So, crowbar in hand, wedgie of wood, lots of grunt work and it was out! Inula is now much smaller, other plants divided, and yes, the bed looks thin right now but in a week it will start to glow with the new bit of compost and surely, thrive without that lump under it's roots. I really need to make that bed wider...mmmm)))