The Garden in Spring 2013

Apparently I started the rip apart and redo trend last fall when it was bulb planting time. All of the Iris came out of the ground and haven’t made it back in yet. This led to digging up every bulb in the retaining beds and a complete redo.

I bought some new bulbs for the back beds and my Mom ( for those of you not in the know, my Dad remarried when I was 3) came over and helped me go through the piles and piles of bulbs on the patio and replant them.  In the process she made me promise to pull up the back tulips after they bloomed and throw them away.  So tomorrow before we go over there for Mother’s  Day, I’m going to listen and follow directions, the gift every  Mother dreams of, and dig up the tulip bulbs and take them to her as a silly gift. In spite of the ripping apart, re-doing , and really cold weird Spring we’ve had the garden didn’t look too awful shabby.  The front beds looked quite nice actually, which means they will be kaput and ready for new bulbs as well next year. Tulips only last about 2-3 years in Indiana, I don’t know why really but I think it’s the clay soggy soil, it just rots them eventually.    Plus I get to buy new tulip bulbs for the fall, so it’s cool.  Here are the pics of what did bloom. Happy Spring!!

Zinnia was the star of the Garden Pageant

It frosted here in Indiana last week. Fall and I have a long standing mutually satisfying romantic relationship, but I still like to get as long as possible with my Boy Toy Indian Summer. That little bitch did not show up this year! Instead he sent his super hotty cousin Summer Satan and we went through a drought and record temps of 100+ for multiple days of multiple weeks.

The long way to the point being the participants in the Garden Pageant had to all be badass to survive. The rabbits ate the new plants, the mice moved their compound to under the raised vegetable beds and subsequently had to be taken out. This involved the creation of multiple devices for murdering small cute rodenty creatures with traps made from Googling “how to kill insert cute rodenty animal here” internet. My karma may never feel 100% right again but it had to be done! I still feel bad every time I see a chipmunk and then “Why stupid chipmunk did you have to move under MY porch?” Anything with a vine got the spreading funkity funk and caused all 4 of my baby pumpkins to flop off and die. The vegetables had just taken off when the watering ban went into effect. The bugs invaded the vines. The blossoms rotted off or went on strike, Shall I go on?
It’s bad enough that I never do a good job of tracking what I planted where. What kind of peppers or tomatoes eventually get to grow is always a surprise. The seeds I do a better job with but I always think I will remember and yet I never do.

The runners-up this year were the cucumbers I grew on a trellis and the smuggled South African Pappadews. The real stars of the garden this year were definitely the Zinnias. I captured them in their fall glory last week both in sunlight and at the evening magic hour. I love how they get all multi colored and spiky this time of year. The Envy’s started slowly but by the end were a nice row of lime green. The Zahara Starlights my Mom sent me for my birthday were stunning and the White Weddings have become this amazing creamy yellow color. Even the mix on the side if the house in the less than vibrant colors looks nice for Fall.  I’m too exhausted and strapped for time to label  these tonight. I threw in a few Gerbera Daisies and one of the last roses as a bonus.

Pink Power

I puttered in the Garden this morning. I set my chipmunks must go trap.  I pulled dill and cilantro, sprayed the veggie garden for diseases and noticed the many shades of pink my Zinnias are producing. The teeny tiny white one with the barely noticeable pink stripes is the  Zahara Starlight Rose  finally blooming. I also have teeny tiny ENVY blooms in the lightest of lime green.

Garden in Spring 2012

Spring came early this year, it started on the 13th with some buds, annuals that didn’t ever die, and perennials pushing up, then it exploded. For the record I’m still holding my breath for the ice storm. Meanwhile Enjoy something that isn’t trash!

Zinnia <3’s Sunflower; updated 10/09

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The friendship/lovestory continues for the Zinnia and the Sunflower.  I found them in my garden down by the bird feeder on July 27. And I’ve been watching every day since.

08/19- Well clearly it hasn’t been every day at this point.  The Zinnia is in the making seeds from its cone stage and the Sunflower has grown quite tall and is making blooms presently.    This photo journey is starting to look kind of cool.

09/02- The first Zinnia is still make seeds, but there are two more Zinnia friends entwined with the big guy. He is HUGE now and has bloomed on his main head.

10/09- Most of the sunflowers down in that garden fell over in a big storm we had two weeks ago.  The big guy is still standing and making seeds with his largest bloom head.  Zinnias are still going strong.  I actually need to cut some today and bring them in one last time while leaving enough to provide new Zinnias next year.   I’m considering leaving the stem carcasses there throughout the winter for additional pics.  We shall see if the weather cooperates.