It seems like I have been gardening for months with nothing to show for it. Well, actually, I have been gardening for months. I planted spinach, lettuce, sugar peas, arugula back in March, covering them several times as the temps dipped. In fact, this Spring has been pretty sucky, staying cold until a couple of weeks ago! We enjoyed a couple of nice salads, and replanted that area with green beans. The peas are still coming on–sweet Oregon Sugar Pods II–
We were teased with warmer temps for a spell in April, and I divided daisies and pruned, started planting containers, and buying edibles. I ended up having to re-pot the better boys and finally put them out on May 2. We still had some lower temps!, but now that Spring has seriously sprung, they are fine. I always have a problem with bell peppers, so I bought up a dozen of them and I’ve babied them along until planting them just last Saturday. We put up the poles and the beans are planted, and if you can see, there are 3 squash mounds under them. I’m trying the bush zucchini this year (as well as my old faithful yellow straight-neck) and I have no idea what to expect.
That, and several rows of bush beans over in the corner, is it for the in-ground garden, but I potted up a whopping 16 basil plants, oregano, sage, lemon balm, a cherry red husky, and cilantro.
There are some edibles out on the front porch, too (mint, nasturtium, rosemary, lemon verbena), but it’s mostly flowers–petunias, gerbera daisies, vinca… We bought the water fountain at a rummage sale last year, and I’m loving the sound of the water flowing. Some creeping jenny and a water hyacinth are in there, too. I used an old cd-rack as a trellis for the lemon verbena–it likes to grow wonky and it fits the curves…
…and coleus for the shadiest part.
Check out my nasturtium…
The front flower garden got straightened up, and I added some hollyhocks and a black-eyed susan vine to the mix…
The East side of the house is a bird-haven, and they love it. I did add a climbing yellow rose bush behind the birdbath…
Last year I had a huge pineapple sage shrub on the corner and it crowded its neighbors, so I removed it and planted another butterfly bush. We pulled down an ivy trellis and put up a picket gate. Until the b-bush grows, I’ve got some coreopsis in there…
The geraniums for the washtubs were some of the first I planted this year, and they are going strong. The daylilies are starting to come in bloom, too…
I think I’ve taken you all around the house, now. You can see what I’ve been up to…well, don’t forget there have been 5 vacation/trips interspersed amongst the planting time!!!
6 tomato plants–3 better boys, 1 cherry husky, 1 sweet cherry 100, 1 roma
2 yellow straight-neck squash
1 zucchini bush squash
12 bell peppers–4 cal wonders, 4 red, 4 big bertha
pole beans, bush beans
1 lemon balm
1 chocolate mint, 1 peppermint
1 lemon verbena
2 gerbera daisies
1 black-eyed susan vine
2 butterfly bushes
1 climbing yellow rose
The deer ate the plants in my urn, so I’m replacing them with red grass.
I have 12 marigolds for I-don’t-know-where—-yet.
Planting is my favorite…
We’ll be home now until mid-July when I fly out to bring the NYC girls home. Looks like we’ll be eating well this summer!