This cocoa hardwood mulch was delivered yesterday.....all 18 yds of it. With cheerful enthusiasm we happily started to spread it on the beds. After about two hours we were headed to divorce court, but recovered in time to make good progress, have a nice dinner, take two Advil and fall into bed. Mulch makes me kind of sad. Although it's handsome-looking and shows off the plants/bushes in a way that plain old dirt can't do, I prefer being able to dig in the dirt without having to mess with the mulch and then there's the worrying that we (my husband) covered a plant that won't be able to find its way up through the mulch. Today will be another day of work.
The Fern Leaf Peony has big fat buds like this one. It's a plant with an interesting history which I'll share when it's blooming.
The Delta Blue Hyacinths are blooming. Although they've multiplied since being planted in 2005, the flowers are getting smaller. Maybe that's to be expected. I don't know very much about Hyacinths.