Today I made the first trip of the season to a local nursery to buy plants for my flower gardens. Even though today the temperature reached 80 F, it is still too early to buy annuals. Here in northern Ohio the rule of thumb is that after Memorial Day the danger of frost is minimal. (Next week is going to be much cooler; one day the high is predicted to be only 55 degrees.)
However, it is safe to plant perennial plants, so I bought some for the island in my front yard.
The creeping phlox is so beautiful this spring that I bought several more clumps to plant along the border. I wish that it would bloom all summer! I had already extended the island a bit, and I bought two more rose bushes to add to the three that I already have there. I had thought that our cold winter had done a number on my existing rose bushes. Except for a few leaves at ground level, the branches were all bare. When I went to trim down the dead wood, I discovered that most of the branches were still alive, and I think I see the very beginnings of leaves sprouting on them.
I mentioned previously that this winter the hungry deer chewed up two of the large evergreen bushes on the side of the house. They are so bad that I doubt that they will ever look good again... especially if the deer continue to feed on them every winter. So this week I chopped them down and dug out the roots... a backbreaking job. I wasn't too upset about losing the shrubs. They had been planted by my father years ago too close to the house. Sometime down the road, I need to have new siding put on the house. The bushes would have to go anyway, since there would be no room for work to be done. I bought a miniature lilac (it grows to about 5 feet in height), and I planted that today also... well away from the house. I haven't decided on what other kind of bush to plant.
I still have a lot to do, but at least I feel as if I have made a good start on my gardening.