Jack really has come a long way from when he first became part of our family. Our backyard intimidated him for quite a while and now he acts as if he is lord of the manor. He knows every single inch, every nook and cranny of his backyard. He isn’t a digger, thank goodness, I don’t know what I would do if he were the type of dog to dig holes in my garden. He is small enough and light enough that he doesn’t trample any of my plants while he his hunting his prey. He dashes out of the garage and leaps like a miniature gazelle before diving through the field of yellow flowering plants I have behind the jacuzzi room, I still don’t know what the yellow blooming plants are called but they make a nice solid field of five foot high yellow flowers in August and that is where Jack likes to lose himself.
As I document the progression of my garden, I find myself wondering why I lost a few perennials and what did I do wrong. I lost a pretty red rose bush near the light pink peonies, I’m not sure if it was the lack of snow cover or if the rose bush was stifled by the abundance of Vinca ground cover that I had planted over there. I had planted the ground cover in several different places but it really took off in the large corner garden. So it makes me wonder if that is why I also lost a Lavender plant and a Chrysanthemum this winter. It’s hard to tell because this winter was really off for our region, but these are the types of questions I ask myself, because for all the work I put into gardening I still feel like a neophyte, always learning either through tips or through trial and error. It has become such a passion of mine, there is something so creative and primal about it yet soothing and nurturing at the same time. It think that I may have to try to split up the Vinca just a bit to give my other big plants, especially their root system, some room to breathe. It can’t hurt, from what I have seen Vinca is quite hardy, no matter where you plant it. It may take me a while to actually do the splitting up because first, I’m not sure if this is the right time in the growing season and secondly, it looks like it is going to rain for the next several days. So, I’ll wait and see.