Posted in Gardening in Spring, Gardening Journal 2019

Garden Journal April 2

We bought and planted a Spicewood Viburnum, already blooming and wonderfully shaped.  No, it’s not native, but it smells wonderful…

Here’s kind of a better picture of the viburnum…

It was really bugging me that the final Peace Sign shape was off — the legs were spread rather obscenely wide — so we adjusted it.  The sunflower seed birdfeeders also got moved to suit me…sorry, it’s kind of hard to see the After, but it looks a lot better.

A lot of it has to do with the fact that anything just below the feeder gets covered with sunflower seeds, so I moved one just east of the garden plot and I’m going to just mulch under the other.  Besides, I feel like they were just a little too close together the other way.  The suet and finch feeders don’t “leak” so I can put them anywhere. I’m also experimenting with some garden ornaments, hence the sundial that I’ve had “put away” for many years.

Our back porch/breezeway is full of baby plants (and some rather pubescent tomatoes) that we’ve taken in and out of the shed for the last several cold nights.  The air out there is luscious!  Soon we’ll be able to leave them overnight.

The Peas are popping!

Meanwhile, down at the Thoughtful Spot, the mayapples are Rising Up, ready to act as umbrellas for the elves and faeries that I Know live in our woods.

My favorite plant-buying place is going to open next week!  They are requiring everyone to wear masks and gloves and will also have Senior shopping hours.  Yay!  I’m dreaming of coreopsis and bee balm, cucumbers and squash…

Keep on Growing!

Posted in Gardening in Spring, Gardening Journal 2020, Sonnystone Gardens

Peace/Bird Garden Update and A Walk in the Woodland

We brought in the soil and reset the Peace Sign.  The echinacea and rudbeckia have been moved to form a border for the inner circle.  The birdfeeders are strategically placed for easy viewing from the house.  I’m not going to plant anything else right now as I consider what I should buy and what I should recycle.  I’m still trying, in my heart, to use only native plants, but I have a Ton of daisies I need to divide, so I may break my rule.

Agriculture is an essential service, so the large nurseries are delivering.  Unfortunately, Ronnie’s, my age-old buying spot, does not have sufficient room to keep people safe while shopping.  They were scheduled to receive a shipment April 2, but I’m not sure if they’ve figured out a way to sell it.

In the meantime, the larger nursery I frequent is spread out and has a window, kind of a walk-through, set up, so I can probably find what I need up there.

I’m so grateful that I have these four acres within the city for this retreat.  We’re outside every chance we get.  Here’s today’s walk.  (Oh, bluebirds are nesting in our houses!)

Keep on Growing…

Posted in Gardening in Spring, Gardening Journal 2020, Gardens at Sonnystone 2019

Spring!!

The sound of pouring rain woke me at 1:46 a.m. and I listened as it pounded on the roof, getting louder and louder until it peaked at about 1:57, then ebbed back to just a downpour by 2:03. I got up and used the bathroom, peering out the window in the dark, wondering if the peas I’d planted would be drowned. This morning the sun came up –haven’t seen it for awhile, so that was reassuring– and I walked out to the pea trellis. One small green sprout winked at me…then another!

Spring is here! The order of the universe is faithful and the blooms are opening, pollen is flying willy-nilly,  making me sneeze and snort — not a virus, thank-you-very-much!

In addition to the peas, we’ve planted potatoes…

and onions in buckets…

We’ve been sneaking out and working on our “new” bird garden as often as we can.  What we’ve got here is a Peace sign within the square.  I’m still calculating how to make the brick paths to the center.  Next Week, during the temporary warm we’ll take out the bricks and remove the rest of the “grass” and  perennials. We’ll bring in some fresh garden soil and make the circle, add the legs, and plant.   I hope the growers haven’t been affected (too much) by the plague, as I have dreams of using native flowers that the Birds will Adore.

Compare and Contrast:  Spring, 2020 vs. Fall, 2019

The last week has been gloomy and rainy with temperatures all over the map.  Right now it’s 68 degrees, but that number will be dropping throughout the day, all the way down to 29 by tomorrow morning and predicted to be back in the upper 60s by next week then back down to 50s, a roller-coaster ride of changes in weather.

But Nature is not fooled.  The weatherman says the vernal equinox is “early” this year (it was actually yesterday that the sun slid north above the equator), but the plants are oblivious, dancing to their own rhythm, one older than our “time” or “temperature”.  The perennials emerge, the woodlands begin to green, and the birds begin to nest.

I’m humming a hymn (Great is Thy Faithfulness) …this verse, particularly…

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

It is one of my very favorites and I often use it as my morning prayer, filling my heart with comfort and reassurance that “Morning by Morning, New Mercies I see”.   It gives me “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow” that The Universe is unfolding as it should.  Perhaps it can encourage you, as well, fellow human.

Keep on Growing…

 

 

Posted in edible garden, Garden Journal 2019, Gardening in Summer

Weekly Garden Journal #17

I’m not in NYC after all…  My daughter stayed with us the Whole Time her daughters were here and they all flew home yesterday.  The entire Visit was Magical…

We dropped them off at the Louisville airport early yesterday morning and were home by noon.  It was hot, but we got out and cleaned up the Edible Garden.  I pulled up all the Romas, a couple of Big Berthas and one zucchini plant. The last crop of green beans is puny and rusted, but I’m not ready to give up on them.  The pole beans were excruciatingly removed from the trellis. Everything that’s left has fruit (veg) on it that’s not quite ready to harvest.  In the center of the naked trellis is a healthy pineapple sage bush which should be blooming in a couple of weeks…

I brought in three pots of basil, ready for drying.  I’ve got a large pot of three left that I’ll use for making pesto next week.

It’s time to wind it down now and the plan is to have the Edible Garden emptied and the pool down by Labor day.  We’ll be leaving for a couple of weeks September 8, trailer trippin’ to New Mexico and Colorado.

After our return from that Adventure, we have Plans for Fall planting in the Bird Garden.  Until then, I’m not sure I’ve much to blog about gardening…

I’ll be over at Sonnystone Acres , though, and you’re always welcome to come sit on the front porch with me…

Keep on Growing…

 

Posted in Garden Journal 2019

Weekly Garden Journal #16

Here’s what’s growing this week…

The  NYC Grandies are here, providing much-appreciated help with harvesting tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers that promptly disappear once they are sliced and diced.  Note to self: grow potatoes next year — Emma loves baked potatoes at every meal and Everybody likes new potatoes with their fresh green beans.  More cucumbers would be a good idea and I’d sure like to find room for watermelon , too. The girls are going to help me harvest a couple of pots of basil and make Pesto while they’re here — an invaluable skill, don’t you agree?

I’ll be accompanying them back to NYC next week and soon after my return we’ll most likely be pulling out the romas and pole beans, winding down the 2019 growing season …  Till my return…

Keep on growing…

 

Posted in edible garden, Gardening in Summer, Gardening Journal 2019, Sonnystone Gardens

Weekly Garden Journal #15

Whew! 15 weeks!  Let’s take a tour of the Gardens at Sonnystone Today…

Remember the “conservatory” that we built at the end of last season?  I pictured filling it with plants and using it like a greenhouse, but that was a pipe dream.  It is, however, an excellent porch extension that keeps the pathway from the kitchen to the laundry room dry and warmer and that’s the Real reason it was built.

The west door leads to the pool area; the east door leads to the Edible Garden…

Around on the east garden, the butterfly bushes that I thought were going to die are not all that pretty, but the butterflies don’t mind.  My new maple-leaf viburnum is strong; it will have to be moved this fall for an archaeological project that I haven’t told you about, yet.  The birds have feasted on the grapes…

On the south side, the plants I planted around the birdfeeders are too close together…Why do I Always do that?…and they’ll probably not flower well.  This fall they will be moved into a new garden and spaced properly, I swear!

The volunteer hyssop is such a bee and butterfly magnet!  The petunias in the light-pole planter don’t seem to mind sharing the spotlight.

Roses and Daisies are the vanguard of the Front Porch…

The lavender in the poolside garden is going strong, but the hydrangeas encroached over the one I had kept in a pot.  It looked weak this spring, but it is ready for the ground now…or probably later…

And we’re back to the conservatory…

The NYC kids will be here 3 days!  I will be in full Grandma JoJo mode for the next couple of weeks, harvesting a super crop of love, peace, and joy with the Grandies…

Keep on Growing…

Posted in edible garden, Garden Journal 2019

Weekly Garden Journal #14

This is the Real Work of Gardening–eating the harvest!  Since I don’t have any family to share all these lovely veggies with, Casey and I have to Eat it All

I admit, I’m a leetle bit tired of green beans.  I had hoped they would last until the NYC kids get here (10 more days), but they didn’t.  We have plenty of cucumbers and peppers and tomatoes and herbs of every variety and I feel guilty if any of it goes bad…

The Jr. girls are here and Samantha wants to know when I’m going to be done with my “words”… A picture is worth a thousand of those…so here are several Ks…

 

 

 

Keep on Growing…