Posted in Gardening Journal 2020

Garden Journal 5-28-2020

Another beautiful day in the garden today, finishing up some planting, trimming, and even a little harvesting!  My Need-to-Do list is empty now, but there’s plenty on the maintenance list to keep me busy — and fed — until next Winter…

We have a plethora of Oregon Sugar Pod peas to munch.  We planted them March 8.

The green beans look sharp…planted these on May 10.

Since I got kicked out of the plant place, I had to start seeds and that’s been a very positive side effect of rejection.  I have started the bush-variety zucchini and the nasturtium far.

The pool is up and ready for floating… Every time we even hint that we are going to put up the umbrella a big wind whips in, but we’ll have it up by this week-end.  I planted Vinca in my old fountain.

I am so grateful for gardening…I’m always Present when I’m working with the plants and soil. and Present is the Place to Be…

Keep on Growing…

Posted in Gardening Journal 2020

Garden Journal 5-21-2020

I’m feeling that Tired that comes after a day of digging and planting, lifting and arranging.  Sweet aches.

I feel back-to-normal after buying up more plants than I need from Rural King.  Our Rural King doesn’t take care of their plants, leaving them on tables on the parking lot until they are dried and scorched.  With our recent drenching rains I felt it was good time to grab some, though they were a smidge moldy.  I Finally found some coreopsis, though, so into my cart went the best I could find.  I took out four of the pinks in the Peace/Bird Garden and replaced them with the coreopsis…so far, so good.

Bonnie Bell had a good selection of herbs and vegetables, too, which is unusual there.  I have two tomato plants in the garden that are stunted — that’s what happens when you leave them out in cold, almost freezing, temperatures.  I knew that, but I held out hope since I covered them up.  They seem stuck, but I want to give them a little more time and warmth.  Still…I hate to take a chance, so I bought two more small tomato plants (a better boy and a beefsteak) to prep just in case.  Same with my basil: two of three look puny, so I bought one more.  Just to be sure, I bought two more bell peppers and a sweet banana pepper so I’m covered if those small peppers I have moved three times don’t do well.

I forgot that I had bought, in desperation, three Black Krim heirloom tomatoes from the Pet Food Center when I was buying more begonias…I have never been interested in heirlooms, but hey, I thought I wouldn’t find more.  Should be interesting.  I put those and the bell peppers into large pots.  The other tomatoes are still on the porch until they are big enough to go into the ground.

All of it is planted now, though I still have some pinks that don’t have a spot.  Who wants to be finished, anyway? Casey’s focused on the Pool Side, so that’s probably where they’ll end up.  The front porch hasn’t been decorated yet, waiting for some decent weather.

I spoke too soon last week and was immediately put in my place with very cool, wet days.  I’ll just keep my thoughts to myself today…well, except to say I wish it would warm up for Good…

You know who doesn’t care?  The Roses…

Keep on Growing…

Posted in Garden Journal 2019, gardening, Gardening Journal 2019, Gardens at Sonnystone 2019

Weekly Garden Journal #8

The weather continues to be just right for our garden, though our local farmers have had so much rain that only 50% of their crops have been able to be planted.

The Edible Garden

My biggest project this week has been the Bird Garden which has morphed into the Porch Garden.  I went crazy with begonias and pulled around some other containers to fill it with blooms.

The feeders stay busy as the adult birds bring the young-uns out and teach them to feed themselves.  If we sit still for a while on the porch chairs, we can blend right in with the avians.

The echinacea and susans around the feeder poles are doing well, but it’s too early for their blooms.

I’ve got the girls today and we’re headed out for a picnic…  Until next week…

Keep on growing…

Posted in Gardening in Spring, Gardens at Sonnystone 2019, Growing Every Season

New Beginnings

Every year we watch as the green returns to the grasses and the trees bud, checking the temperatures, measuring the rains…  I look out the windows and plan the planting, imagining a summer garden lush with flowers and vegetables.  The containers are pulled out of the shed, emptied and cleaned, ready to be filled.    The porches that have served as storage are now serving as cozy sitting areas where we rest after our labors.

This Spring has been the best we’ve had in years, meaning there have been no hard frosts (or snow!) to kill the tender buds of the dogwoods, magnolia, and redbuds and they are now flourishing.  The daffodils came out in exuberant droves, the forsythia and quince bloomed in an abundant array of beauty.

The pollens are also prolific and my sinuses are blooming with snot…  Mornings sound like a TB ward around here as I clear my throat from the night’s drainage, but I can live with it just to be out gardening in the Spring.

The average last day of frost in these parts is April 15, but I’m still leery of planting vegetables.  I remember too many Derby Days (first Saturday in May) wearing a coat and winter hat and have learned to be patient.

Just to tide me over, I bought a small 4-pack of Roma tomatoes, Big Bertha and California Wonder peppers, an a sweet cherry 100 and put them over in larger pots.  They should be the right size to plant in about a month when I can plop them in the (warm) ground.

Cilantro and arugula have been put into buckets. Peas have been planted behind the young asparagus.

There is plenty of clean-up to be done.  I have moved everything out of the East garden–mostly daisies, a few coreopsis–and it is ready for a new vision.    I have daisies coming out the wazoo, but they don’t fit in with the plan for my Bird Garden, so they’ve been relegated to the front porch area and over in the North garden. There are a lot of leftovers…always a challenge.

 For now I’m going to plant my four pots of lavender in front of the hydrangea.

I started gardening 26 years ago when my daughter went off to college, the dog died, and I needed a hobby.  Inspired by the old farmers I was visiting as a home health nurse, it seemed to me to be the best way to Live, connected to the earth, giving and taking with the seasons.  It started with some herbs, some tomatoes and green beans.  It grew to water features and compost bins and thyme-covered paths. I have failed too many times to count, but never did I fail to grow something…and that was enough to keep me going.   Every year, sure as Spring, I return to the Garden and fall in love…

Clearly, nature calls to something very deep within us.  When I am in the garden, whether or not the thing grows is not the point; whether the garden is symmetrical is irrelevant.  The weeding and the watering or just the admiration of the season is All.

The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology, and perhaps even its structure.  …. Oliver Sacks

Gardening has changed my brain, I’m certain, and has built pathways directly to my Soul where we are All One. You and me and all Living things and all meditations and all prayers and all art and all songs are the Same working together as One in the Moment that is the Only Moment:  Now.

I’m so happy to be back at the blog, as well.  I hope you’ll enjoy spending some time in the Sonnystone Gardens with me this Growing Season.


Posted in Gardening in Autumn

the boring part


Last week-end we had a crew of workers swarming around, putting  a new roof on the back of the house.  We’ve done our roofing in stages and I’m glad this finishes the job.  It looks tremendously better!   I could have taken pictures of the curling, uneven shingles and contrasted them with the new flat, smooth ones, but roof shots are awfully dreary…

In order to make way for the crew to work, we took down the small fence that hid the pool and decided to sod the area.  Since the roofers left on Sunday evening,  Casey has been hard at work prepping the area.  I could show you a 20×20 area of dirt, before and after, but it’s just not that interesting.

I picked up a cheap pH tester at the Co-op to check the soil in the area where I want to move the blueberry bushes.   The readings were all on the acidic side, to we’re ready to roll on the transplant.  I could show you a picture of my new gauge registering green, but that would be rather unimaginative…

You gotta do the boring part–the dull, tedious activity– and plow through to the fascinating,  the look-at-what-I-did “After” picture.  I’ll be sure to snap some.    Till then…