We also did more stuff in the garden today. Gary did another coat of preservative on the deck and new picnic table. We decided the picnic table didn't look right on the deck and that it should go on the patio instead to replace the plastic table that Charlie managed to break all the legs off in one fell swoop by getting her leash wrapped round them and then running away. Luckily there was nothing on it at the time! We have a flower bed about 6 feet square that got all overgrown and infested with weeds so I dug that out completely except for one peony. My intention is to make it into a small Japanese inspired garden with some stones, shingle area, maybe an ornament such as a Japanese lantern or deer scarer, and then some plants which will be mostly herbs, the peony of course and maybe some ornamental grasses or something. Most of the plants that they recommend for Japanese gardens need dampness - mosses and ferns for instance - but we don't get much of that in the summer here in Utah so I will have to improvise. The first thing that will definitely be going down is some weed mat - so that hopefully the shingle area will remain weed free - we bought that today.
Cheryl said the pink blossom I photographed the other day was Redbud, and it certainly matches up with the description in my garden book, so if anyone asks me what is in future I will be able to tell them with confidence. At the bottom of the redbud there is a whole bunch of lily-of-the-valley coming up which I am really looking forward to seeing in bloom.
I have been a little more inspired to do my knitting and other projects today. Should have something to show soon!