What’s happening in the garden?

Gosh, what IS happening in my garden?

Well, the pink peonies have started blooming. Can I just tell you … I love peonies. Love them, love them, love them. I love their audaciousness, their scent, their sheer ostentatious-ness (I don’t think that’s a word, so I hyphenated it).

Pink Peonies
Pink peony bloom

These blooms are as big as your head in some cases and they smell heavenly!

Pink peony bloom
Pink peony bloom

… and isn’t that what summer is all about? Lots and lots of flowers. Let me tell you folks. If you live in Colorado and your ‘growing’ season (whatever the hell that is) is shortened to these months:

and a wee bit of October

you plant flowers the minute you can (first week of June in my area, not a minute before) and you protect and love and water and fertilize them until they all die out in the first big dump of snow right around the middle of October.

Hanging petunias
Petunias hanging off the porch

Then, there are these adventures … these are tiresome and exhausting gardening adventures.

Killing the mint in the front flower bed
Killing the mint in the front flower bed


I have struggled and fought against the Bishop’s Weed and Mint in this flower bed in the front lawn for long enough. The mint strangles everything I plant in there, no matter how much I pull it out. So, this year I decided on the dreaded poison.

To protect the bunnies, however, I needed a plan.

So, I pulled out the shastas and irises and echinaceas that managed to live through the mint (barely) and relocated each. Then, I sprayed Roundup and wrapped the entire bed in plastic. You can’t see the black and brown remainders under there, but it’s icky. I’m waiting until it’s really dead and then, I’m going to clear out all the dead material and line the walls of the bed as a deterrent against the aggressive mint and start over.

That’s my plan … and I’m sticking to it. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I need all the help I can get!

P.S. No bunnies were harmed in this gardening adventure. I promise.

fourteenergirl Written by:

A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!


  1. Betsy
    July 2, 2010

    Beautiful flowers – did you have to stake them – mine always bent over

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