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Watered the 2nd story planters this morning. At least the front grass is still mostly alive


The Garden so far: Early Summer

Hello Lovies!  Here are some pics of our garden so far this year.  I’ll get more specific about varieties, if I haven’t already I honestly cannot remember, in a later post.  Right now some crazy person decided she was going to write 10 posts in 10 days while working a full time job and picking back up  training for running.  I’m actually at the point where I almost have everything I want in the garden foundation wise. Shhh don’t tell Babu or he will start relaxing and I just cannot have that.


Gardening; A lesson on getting more plant for your $$$

Yesterday  was a pretty nice day here.  I had some cleaning up and planting/moving chores to handle in the front bed.  Our yard is participating in the neighborhood Halloween contest.  The Husband is out of commission with a nasty back injury and the kids were  entranced in they new toys they got at their combined Birthday Party Saturday.  So I  opened up the front door, turned up the itunes and got to work.  The Home Office windows look out at the front yard and beds so I often get the front bed chores done with music blaring from the windows.

Last summer I planted some pretty annuals in my hanging baskets.  Begonia  with a dark leaf and a hot pink flower,  A pink and green Coleus and some spiky little white plant/flower I can’t remember the name of.   I’ve talked  before about how you can sometimes  get more for your plant $$ buck by allowing this years annuals to either make seed heads or simply stay in the ground and wait and see if they come back next year.

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Plants I have that will make seeds I can use to get free plants next year:

Zinnia  Snap Dragons     Sunflowers   Marigolds

Tomatoes ; I should cop to the fact that these are always accidental. As in the maters dropped and rotted and then I got new volunteer plants next year. But this happens every summer.

The best way to do this is to let nature take it’s course, leave enough heads on the plants to get seed and in  late fall or very early spring rip off the seed heads and work them into your mulch and soil around where you want them.  You can also get all control freak and collect the seed heads and store them in a paper sack in a cool dry place over the winter.  Make sure they are very dry and in breathable sack or you could have a moldy mess on your hands next spring.

This year I got crazy and dried a bunch of pepper seeds from these awesome peppers we got from the local organic produce delivery place called Green B.E.A.N.   We shall see how that goes next spring.

Mums

Now I did turn some small sunflower heads into the soil in the front bed, but I was there to plant mums, move mums, rip apart the baskets and plant the annuals in hopes of having them survive the winter.   It is probably a bit late to be planting mums.  I got great ones at Lowe’s for $4 each.  When you plant them be sure to break up the bound roots with your hands or hand trowel.  Also be sure to plant them deep enough and pack and mulch them well enough so they don’t heave out of the soil when we have our harsh winter.   The spindly little mum is one from last fall that didn’t get much sunlight this year.  He had to relocate to a sunnier part of the spotted front bed.

Re-potting the annuals from the baskets.

You don’t really need all that much root ball from the annuals in the baskets. I wanted all the Coleus because even if it does not make it over the winter I can and did plant it along the walk to assist with my design for our porch and yard.   I also planted the two begonias, but i tossed the white spindly things.  I have three of them in the front bed already and am out of room.

As with all transplants  be sure to water well.

Still to do

I have one Hosta to rip out and relocate further back to allow more room for the Lilly of the Valley to spread. And one Football mum that needs a much sunnier home.   He is kind of puny though so I may just have to mulch him really well and check on him in the spring.


I am the Flower Queen: The garden so far

My Shadow in the Garden

It’s my Friday today and I have a rocking weekend planned with my  girls and my family.  I’ve got to get the Lola Bed & Breakfast ( Chef  Husband is at the ready) ready for the overnights guests and the Aquanet ready for the Poison, Motley Crue, New York Dolls concert.    So in honor of Summertime concerts, and parties and pic-nics and night drives it’s a twofer today!   My garden is doing better than years past, but the veggies are still going along  slowly and late, they aren’t giving up!   I am hoping for a late frost this year to get as many tomatoes , peppers and pumpkins as we can.

However, I have  ALWAYS been able to grow flowers.  As a kid in our garden I had an area that was mine each year.   I planted gladiolas, I planted them very year it was the only thing I ever wanted, year after year after year.  I still love them and even carried them in my wedding bouquet. Pro-tip: This is a BAD idea b/c they are heavy.    We had tons of flowers in our yard and gardens growing up.  Peonies are another favorite of mine and Roses and Irises, but I don’t have any of those blooming right now.   We had Daisy’s and sunflowers, and marigolds, and poppies, and burning bushes and irises and on and on we had flowers everywhere.    And so do I… Enjoy and

Have a Wonderful Holiday Weekend Lovies!

Happy 4th of July!