Thursday, August 9, 2007

Before and After

In April, we took all the plants out of this bed and attempted to remove the Star of Bethlehem invasive bulbs. Here's what it looked like then and now it's in full bloom. There is an old saying, which I have found to be true:
The first year they sleep.
The second year they creep.
And the third year they leap.
If these plants are sleeping now, I can't imagine what they will look like in two more years.

The "before" of this bed can be seen in the foreground and on the left. Last year, my husband constructed a three-bin compost pile at the site and this is the first batch finished. You can't believe how excited I was over the compost! I'm a firm believer that there is nothing better for a garden than compost (and plenty of water).

Here's a picture from last May, taken under the arbor, showing the dripping wisteria.

And a few months later, from the same angle, instead of bloom I see the seed pod.

Which is brighter, the filtered sunlight or the edges of this wisteria pod?


Carol said...

Beautiful gardens, and I agree, there is nothing like good compost for the garden.

In a couple of years, that flower garden is going to be FULL!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Kylee said...

My mom always says that year thing, too.

Compost! It looks GREAT! We've got a rather large pile of it already, and I turned it last night. It's already black on the bottom, so the process is taking place. Made me smile. Someday I'll have black gold!