Weekly Garden Journal #5

We spend lots of time out in the garden, tending and caring for our plants, pretending that we are “growing” them.  In reality, the garden is nurturing us…growing us…

The Edible garden..

 

My roses have been worth the effort…

 

The lavender loves being out of the pots….nasturtiums are tops on my list of edible flowers…

 

I started a black-eyed susan vine commingled with a cardinal vine…so far, so good…

 

Keep on Growing…

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Weekly Garden Journal #4

We had a week that taught patience…again…with lows in the 40’s, high’s in the cool low 60’s, and rain that defied forecasts, but came on anyway.  I think we are finally done with the 40’s, done with the planting and mulching,and ready to put up the pool, but I’m no meteorologist…

My zucchini continues to worry me, but I am talking to them in dulcet tones, praising them for any growth I can spot.  The tomatoes and peppers are stellar!!  I was going to plant the second crop of green beans on Mother’s Day last Sunday, but the wintry weather persuaded me to wait a bit.  The original crop of bush beans is just so-so, but the pole beans are a wonder!

Check out the lavender, planted  with a stray coreopsis and daisy, alongside two pots of nasturtium that seem to love their location in the part-sun.

Earlier we had pulled down an old trellis/birdfeeding area on the south side of the house.  At first I thought our 3-5 year-old butterfly bushes were going to fade, but they look great.  The new center is an old-fashioned snowball viburnum, native to these parts, and a gift for the birds…  It will grow quickly to 8-10 feet tall, 6-8 feet wide and become a veritable condo for our feathered friends…

The entire east side of the house has been updated with a new hose caddy, new plantings of phlox and liatris, and a dandy solar lightpole planter that I picked up for 66% off at the end of last season…   I’ve planted the planter with super bells and petunias of some sort that can tolerate hot sun in metal…I hope…

Coming home from Olivia’s birthday dinner last week, the kids were wide-eyed and surprised when we abruptly pulled over to pick up these chairs from the Heavy Trash on the side of the road…the owner was just bringing them out from his backyard where they’d spent the winter, said he just didn’t need them….

Yes, we will take your free stuff, especially if it’s better than ours…

Keep on Growing…

Good heavens, it’s been over a month…

While I was wrangling grand-daughters around Sonnystone Acres, husband was taking care of the watering.  I managed to do some trimming and deadheading, and of course, some harvesting.  We’ve had an abundance of all kinds of tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, bell and banana peppers, and onions.  With a crew of eaters, it’s all been enjoyed!

We’ve now pulled up most of the squash plants (finally succumbed to the powdery mildew), the onions, and the arugula is long gone, so we tilled and treated and planted a second crop of green beans, beets, and spinach for the fall.  There’s still a ton of tomatoes and a plethora of peppers on the vine.

We saved most of the roses that we put in pots.  One more had to be removed from the front, so we have plenty to fill in with this fall after we do some serious soil amending.  Just the way it goes, that now I have too many!

While the kids were here, playing out in the pool, we heard the ca-racking and swish of a tree falling nearby.  It is a tall, old,  cherry tree that is on the border of our property and it fell toward the center of our front yard, stopping in a cluster of branches of another tree,  just above the electrical wires that connect our house to the street lines.  Hmm…it will inevitably fall–maybe tomorrow, maybe next year–so do we want to let nature take its course?  Hell, no.  We went through that when “the trees fell” from straight-line winds slamming through and the entire electrical box was pulled from the side of the house.  Power outages do not amuse me.  Actually, it’s a little cheaper to let it happen and then fix it, since the Tree Guys will have to bring in a crane, but we’re not really that broke!  Yet.

I need to do some dead-heading, but the flowers are looking good.  The front roses are okay, too.  For now, I’m just enjoying the gardens from the porch.

Peace

Roses, tomatoes, and edibles

The roses were a disaster.

First I underwatered, then I overwatered, then the bugs ate lots of leaves, so we sprayed insecticide soap. Casey had piled the mulch on too thick around the roots so fungus set it, so we pulled the mulch away and sprayed with Neem oil.

 At that point,  there were 3 of the 9 that were looking good.  The middle 2 were gone, so I pulled them and continued to baby the rest.

 Finally, I gave in and removed all but the 3 good ones, cleaned up the mulch and soil, planted 6 more (25% off, thank goodness) and we’re back in business.

I’m still a little afraid of them, though…

 

The Edible Garden has provided us with a meal of green beans, 1 zucchini, 2 yellow squash, shallots, basil, a bell pepper, and a couple handfuls of sweet cherry tomatoes.

 

 A Case of Mistaken Identity

Back Story:  I originally planted 3 better boy tomatoes and 2 romas.

The romas looked strong, but 2 of the better boys looked really spindly, so I planted 3 more.

Did you guess?  The spindly “better boys” were really romas…

It’s all looking quite grand…

 

Everything is ready for a visit from my grandies…

the banana tree unfurls…

We’ll be having Camp Sonnystone beginning the 10th.  That’s a lot of fun. We’re going to trip in the trailer for a couple of days.  We’ll go to the zoo, the museum, the library, Ellis Park, New Harmony…

Join us in July at  The News from Sonnystone Acres and don’t miss out on any festivities!

Peace