While there, we went to my Grand Aunt Rosie's house a couple times. She's decided that her wonderful yard and garden is too much for her, at her age- she's in her late 80s- and has decided to 'downsize'.
So between my dad and I, we got quite a bit of new Irises, Daylilies and more from her. I myself received 20+ Irises, mostly hybrids, quite a few in clumps of 2-3 fans, 2 clumps of Daylilies, at least a dozen Tulip bulbs from my dad, 2 large clumps of Snowdrop bulbs and a few Daffodil bulbs from Grand Aunt Rosie, and a Michigan Wildflower plant.
It only took almost a week to get around to it, but since this morning was in the mid 70s instead of mid 80s, I took advantage of the cooler weather (hahaha) and put what garden soil I had, mixed with a bucketful of compost, in one end of the new raised bed, then transplanted all the Irises into it. It filled maybe 1/8 of the bed, and yes, I know they're too close together, in 5 rows of at least 4, but until I get more dirt, this will help keep them alive.}:)
The Daylilies were transplanted up the hill where Rue and Puck (the rabbits) are buried. I think they'll do well there.
The Wildflower was transplanted near the Birch Tree, with the other Wildflowers that come back every year. The purple will look good with the rusty red and yellows.
The bulbs will be planted when I fill the rest of the new bed, that way I can have them scattered around and through the Irises, like I do the rest of my Daffs and the like.
Then I had to water everything in really well. Nothing like trying to fill your 10gal bucket to find you have a hole in the bottom. Good thing I had a towel handy. Ended up using my 5 gal bucket and doing extra trips, but everything was watered, including the Tomatoes that aren't happy right now.
The poor Tomatoes are wilting a bit from the excessive heat. So I mulched in some used coffee grounds, some more egg shells and watered them. Most are perking up nicely. The Lebanese is still wilty, so I'll need to go water again later this evening when it starts to cool off again.
I'll be so glad when we get a new hose next week. I think I'll get a new sprinkler then too. Heh.
The Lavender is blooming, the Raspberry Wine Monarda, the Clematis, the Paprika Yarrow, the Lamb's Ear, the Love In a Mist are all blooming as well. It's looking like I'll have some sort of blooms at least through July at this rate.
I'm worn out after all that hauling of dirt and transplanting, but it's a good tired and I feel a sense of satisfaction when I look over my gardens. They're a constant work in progress, but I love them.
I went to Michigan the week before Memorial Day, on vacation, to see the family.