We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I picked the right week to go to the nursery. Planted and transplanted mostly at the direction of Mrs. BD last week, and we have had rain ever since. The daily steady cool rain simplifies my life.
At the risk of sounding like a Twitter post, I added some roses, moved a bunch of Hostas around, planted some perennial Salvia, threw out some excess plants, - and I did get my tomatoes in too. A few, anyway.
Funny you should mention Hostas, one of my wife's favorite plants. We are currently under siege from voles, traveling between the dirt and mulch, devouring the root system of anything that strikes their fancy. The Hostas are a favorite meal for them, so far I have only been able to dispatch one vole, we are losing badly.
On some bushes the covering or bark of the entire root system has been neatly eaten off, laying the root naked and leaving the plant loose and dead.
Not your typical New Yorker
They tore down a house behind mine 3 years ago. Beforehand, I strolled the property (it was overgrown) and found some Hostas which were very small and being choked by weeds. I moved them to my house and they have thrived - each year bigger than the last.
This year, my wife and I used Freecycle (please look into this - every community has one and we LOVE it mostly to get rid of good things others can use, but sometimes to get things we need for free) when someone posted for "FREE PERENNIALS - you dig them up".
We arrived at the location (after telling the person we would be right over) and she gave us 4 buckets of Coneflower, Secum, Lilies, Pachysandra, and a variety of other perennials that needed thinning.
We transplanted them and are loving the rain this week - all of the flowers have taken quite nicely.
Next week we'll thin our own Lilies and Irises, move them around to areas that need color.
FYI, Bird Dog, I mentioned Freecycle because I saw you "threw away" excess plants.
Remember - someone can always use them to brighten their day and/or property. List them on Freecycle (or somewhere else) for removal as long as people bring their own shovels and buckets and point out which ones they can thin.
We figure we saved about $200 versus going to the local Home Depot (which has lousy plants anyway) or the garden store. In this economy - pays to share what you can.