Wednesday, May 20, 2015

From Yard To Table

That's not bad for a few plants.
Plenty more left outside.
If I planted my tomatoes maybe I'd have some to put in. Made a huge bowl of salad.
I had to cut it because it started to flower. Not a lot but enough for a meal for me.
They're actually starting to look like strawberries. Hopefully I'll get to eat some. Although not full sized or ripe, some have been eaten. I guess birds or squirrels have to eat too.
I had trouble with the Swiss chard and some type of insect. I cropped it and will see if how it grows back.

They're growing nicely. Maybe this weekend I can get something done out back and plant them. I love the reds.
Alliums are so pretty.
One rose. Not a good picture. the bush is actually healthy for now. My yard is horrible. So, you don't have to see it all today. By the time I show it hopefully it'll look better and I'll have time to do some planting and remove some other things that have done blooming.
The clematis has blooms. I'd be happier if it grew larger and multiplied. I'm going to add another type that is good in shade and they say take over. I need something with lots of blooms in this area. I have to order it though.
The pansies need to be pulled and another shade annual added. Probably impatiens. I haven't had a problem with downy mildew in the ones I've bought for the past 2 years. That's been a problem in many regions including mine.
Can't wait to see the lilies. Of all the bare root plants and bulbs from Home Depot and the flower show, these have done the best. These came from Home Depot. The bare root plants have been a disappointment. I haven't see the trillium, fern, or others planted. The ones from the big box store actually did the best. I have a lily out front from Longfield Garden. I hope it come up soon out front.

Monday, May 18, 2015


If life were different I would have a big house with acres of land, maybe in the country. Chickens, some goats, a barn. It's nice to dream. I would be sipping iced tea in my rocking chair on the porch. I have sipped tea on the porch as a child in my grandmother's rocking chair. Is this possible for me? I believe it could be. I'm the only one stopping that. With my mother not here to share in what could be, my hopes and dreams seem not so important. I constantly ask myself, do I really want that kind of life style? I don't require a lot. I'm very simple. Linen table cloths, flowers on the table, a cool breeze, fresh fallen snow.

These things are part of who I am. My father was raised on a farm and my mother in a small town in Georgia. We visited often and still visit Georgia during the summer. The land, my love of gardening, the sound of rain on tin roofs, the crow of my grandmother's rooster at sunrise, gnats, homemade churned ice cream are part of who I am. It's nice to dream. Even better to pursue them. Time has passed and I don't know how I got here. I was living life. Life can go fast. High school, years of college, the birth of my daughter, buying my first house, marriage. Trying to live fugal. So what's the point? A small space can still be beautiful. When I look at my plants I don't see what could be, I see their beauty and I'm soothed, happy, and all is right for a while. Thanks for letting me rant.

Cat mint and lilies starting to bloom.

Planted the black eye Susan vines and they look dead and wilted. Hopefully the roots are alive and they'll survive.

They're supposed to be red and pink. They're looking orange.

That's looking wilted. I watered it on Sunday with the hose. You wouldn't know it.

The creeping Jenny is not taking transplanting well.
Waiting for salvia, day lily and balloon flower to bloom.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

On The Porch

Ivy leaf geranium, Christmas cactus, jasmine.
Palm that hopefully will make it till next summer.
Croton. I have poor success with these.
Begonias have broken ground.
Can't wait to see what the begonias look like.
Impatien seedlings.

Beautiful coleus.
The gerbera daisies remained on the porch and are doing well. I await new blooms. I've learned through trial and era that they can be fussy liking not to much sun and lots of water or they'll wilt and droop. Some days they tell when when to lower the blind to limit sun.
Coleus seedlings. They should be much larger but it represents the  lack of care given. Some will survive. I look forward to ordering seeds for fall and the hope that I'll do better with them in the fall.

My Sister's, Lynn's, And A Peak At Hansberry Garden

Spring is such a beautiful time. My yard is lush to say the least. Lush in spent bulb foliage, moss, and shade from the Norway Maples. It's actually nice. Feels like being in a small wooded area. My plans to spend the day in the yard were ended by a rain shower although little rain could be felt as I pulled bulbs from the flower bed under the canopy of the trees in the yard. I now realize why it's so important to water the yard. Little if any rain drops penetrated through to reach the flower beds. I'll have to remember this in July when I'm looking out the window in a cool house. 

Unfortunately I couldn't find my device used for mosquitoes that keeps them at bay when I'm outside. This didn't stop me. Although I encountered many insects especially spiders and lots of their webs I din't get one mosquito bite before the rain ended my day in the yard.  The rain was no excuse because as I said, I never got wet pulling bulbs. Rain is expected tomorrow so I'll have to wait. Plants that aren't shaded by the Maples will enjoy it. I cropped the Swiss chard as something has infected it. I'll see how it does when it grows back but if it looks the same I'll pull it.

I ended up enjoying and admiring what others were doing in their garden. My sister and I hit the plants again. I didn't buy one plant. I'm proud of myself. My yard is loaded with plants waiting to go in the ground already. While waiting at my sister's house, I decided to take some pictures of what was growing. I haven't shared anything from her garden for a while. I also invited myself into Lynn's garden next door. I admire everything she's done. From the stones she's layed one by one, to her construction of a pergola and seeing her patience with one wisteria that is now just beautiful although I waited too late because most of the prolific white blooms were done. The wisteria is beautiful this year. Lynn I hope you don't mind me sharing your garden without asking.

When we left my sisters we drove past a sign at Hansberry Street Garden that said flower sale. My sister said, "stop". We invited ourselves in not realizing that the flower sale was last Saturday not today. I've been wanting to come and see this community garden within walking distance of my where we live. Although I didn't get many pictures because we were talking to gardeners who were working their plots. It was nice that they stopped to talk to us. My sister asked if there were plots available and the answer was yes. She asked me if I would be interested in helping her. I said absolutely not. My hands are full at home, but I'll help her if she gets a plot. They'll contact her to let her know. I loved the garden and plan to return to take more pictures and give you a full picture of the garden. It's really nice that their raised beds are so high so little bending is required. You can link to their website above for more information.

Another community garden in my neighborhood is Germantown Kitchen Garden. I'll have to get there for a visit. Hope you enjoyed sharing some of my day. Please visit again.

Look at the roses in my sister's garden. My mother pruned these last spring, all of them. Look at them this year. If mom could see them.

Spider wart. My sister hates it. She thinks it's a weed. It's actually a native plant. That's montauk daisy next to it.

Cordyine, sedum, sweet potato vine, pansies, petunia and others.
Euphorbia, sweet potato vine, and calibrachoa.
Dahlia and columbine.

Ferns are prolific in her yard and there are many varieties including cinnamon and some I don't know the name of.

Her hosta are huge and they have been divided many time and given to family.

I like these. They remind me of hyacinths but I'm not sure what they are.

Sweet Broom
Creeping Jenny
Lynn's Yard

Pencil Holly
I love boots with flowers.

Iris and mondra grass.
Pachysandra and what Lynn said was a type of honeysuckle.

Hell strip with sunflower seeds that self sowed from last summer. I'll show you them when they get taller.
Across the street from the house.

Hansberry Street Garden

Bee Hives