Thursday, May 31, 2007

daily garden inspiration

i love this.


last year, we planted these dianthus for my friends memorial garden. they started out as just a single flower or two growing atop some leafy greens. they were sold as annuals from a local farm market. we let them overwinter, and they got all brown and straw-like.


then, with the help of a few rain showers, some sun, some warmth, they've exploded again this year.


almost like a perennial, but i have a feeling these will bloom all summer long, as they now have HUNDREDS of little flowers with HUNDREDS more buds every day.


makes me think that janien is watching me, helping me cultivate my garden. and inspiring me daily. the white flowers glow, and remind me of her incredible smile. we miss you daily.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


i must say, my husband can really get going on a project. i have to credit him with the work he did in the garden. i weeded probably about 5 square feet, picked out plants, complained about the heat, and went inside to feed the baby. he did the rest. and boy, do our garden beds look good.

for all the complaining i did about the 75-80 degree weather (doesn't it get toasty in the sun?) and refused to weed/garden in full sun... i finally did plant our garden today.

on the hottest day of the 90 degree weather week, in the hilt of the midday sun.

seriously. what was i thinking?

i guess it was trying to take advantage of sleeping baby time, and got out there for a couple hours while he took a nap.
and it was HOT. but since my husband pruned the garden beds, all i had to do was dig holes and drop plants in. i still think i burned my back though.
here are a few before and after pics of our gardens now.
plot #1, before

plot #1, after

plot #2, before

plot #2, after

Monday, May 28, 2007

brand new day

taking a cue from meagan, i have decided that since my garden is anew, i will change the garden blog look. i was getting sick of all the green anyway.

stay tuned. i promise lots of pics of my garden. just as soon as blogger lets me upload a ton o photos.

and if blogger does not, then i will change my blog yet again. maybe to one of their competitors....

Thursday, May 24, 2007

memorial garden

this was the 2 year anniversary of janien's death. we planted flowers in her memorial garden. this year, the dianthus we planted overwintered and came back again, in full force. also planted celolus this year too. it's looking mighty nice.

on a better note, the man who murdered our friend, who was almost done with his time served for possession of firearms decided to boast about getting away with murder. now they have him videotaped and are going to trial for her murder. God works justice in strange ways.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

ho hum...

all right fellow gardeners. i need a little motivation.
today, i had good ambitions and planned to get up early, weed and clean up the garden, try to amend the beds, then scatter my germinated seeds before the sun gets too hot and my baby's doctor's appointment. well.... here's how my morning went.

730am. sun is shining, looks like a beautiful day. woke up. decided too tired to move, went back to sleep.
900am. woke up to baby fussing. fed him while sleeping, decided too tired to move, went back to sleep.
1030am. woke up, decided too tired to move, but thought if coffee was made facing day might be easier. while in sleepy stupor, discovered we are out of coffee and creamer. frowned and pouted.
1035am. still frowning and pouting.
1035 and 30 sec. still frowning and pouting as i cannot find my garden clogs
1036am. begrudgingly went outside in straw hat, old flipflops, and pajammas. put on gardening gloves, armed with beloved weeder tool, and faced my jurassic park of a garden.
1037am. gasped in horror when found scary pricker weeks had grown taller than my knees with stalks as thick as my arm.
1038am. decided to abort mission, start with smaller, less scary dandelion and creeping charlies
1039am. gasped in horror when found dandelions had gone to seed and had already been scattered and creeping charlie had grown as thick as my myrtle
1040am. found worm trying to escape to neighbors garden. spent next 10 minutes chasing said worm (i love my worms) and plunked him back into hole in garden mud
1050am. thought awake enough to start on jurassic park garden
1051am. stood in front of said garden and thought "what was i thinking"
1052am. started to weed and accidentally squatted on prickers while trying to weed the prickers (i hate that).
1053am. dug up 3 prickers, accidentally broke off 3 prickers, screamed while spiders, milipedes, potatobugs, june bugs, other bugs i don't know but are still gross scattered and crawled over my bare toes in dumb old flip flops
1054am. frowned and pouted. aborted mission altogether.
1055am. smiled while in shower

please help me getting motivated to prep my beds. i cannot wait to plant, but prepping is getting in the way.

garden reflections

it's storming today.

tomorrow i shall go to the garden and weed my jungle prickers that have grown up to my knees when the soil is softer.
tomorrow i shall spread my germinated seeds in the garden.
tomorrow i shall see what kind of plants have sprouted where, and play with the worms in the dirt.
tonight, i might see what beautiful florescence of green there may be after a rain, under the moonlight....

i love it when it storms.

Monday, May 07, 2007

daily garden inspiration

sand cherry branch. the part that isn't dead.

weekend gardening 5/6/07

my little guy helping me assess my garden.
although he did find it quite boring and just went to sleep right quickly.

not started on my garden just yet. i have walked the trodden path and this is what i've found so far...tulips are very lovely again this year

the dianthus annuals i planted last year and let overwinter have apparently self seeded and are coming in as lush as ever. in the dreaded hot zone of my yard (between the sidewalk and the road) just waiting for some dog to pee on it again this year.

and it's even started to flower. i will see if the flowers are as big and plentiful this year as they were as annuals last year before i start to hack away at them.

the war waging mint that is ALMOST being run over by pricker weeds...

stupid weird pinetree like ground cover taking over my myrtle ground cover. i am into self torture and yes i HAND PICK THIS STUFF OUT EVERY YEAR.

the small, pitiful start of my poor poor hydrangea plant
yes, it's there, amidst the myrtle and weeds....

don't really know what this is, but it's in the exact spot of my poor poor peony plant i planted last year.. i THINK it's my peony plant, but since i'm new to peony plants i will wait and see.

my poor poor young sand cherry bush which is sadly half dead, and half blooming. which is a weird phenomenon that occurs in that particular area. wondering if there is some weird tree root black plague death plotting below the surface...

this weird gross bush i cut down every year (i tried to dig it up but to no avail) which keeps on growing (but is half dead) amongst *gasp* creeping charlie....

an everbearing strawberry plant runner that ran away from it's potted home from last year and is now thriving in the weird dead spots in my garden. go figure. i'm actually thinking about letting it run wild and grow runners over the particular dead spots this year because i cannot get anything to grow there so far but this.

volunteer cilantro growing in my empty plot. i'm just waiting for it to over take my yard....

and last but not least... a random CONTAINER OF DIRT i found in my garage cabinet.
yeah i know. i was just thinking.... ????

oh wait, they might be composting coffee grounds. i cannot tell.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

ugh... work to be done

yes, i do love gardening
and i LOVE weeding
however, i HATE the beginning of gardening season

my empty garden plot.

just too much to do. my husband did a good job of garden clean-up last fall when i just couldn't stomach it, but we are getting a late start this year. i'm just starting to germinate seeds, i have not even LOOKED at any garden shops, turned dirt, amended soil, weeded...

we started to rehabilitate the lawn from momma little helper's running track, "fertilization", and digging.

i also picked up an array of seeds to experiment with this year. i'm leaning towards potting herbs/tomatoes this year and planting flowers in the empty plot.

okay so i started to weed. but i got through 2 plots before i got sick of it and gave up, leaving the rest for another day. was thinking it was just too dang dry to really ease the weeding... then realized it was supposed to be nice and sunny for the rest of the week...

i left jurassic park for another day. too tired to even start. click to see all the prickers and weeds growing over my lovely lily of the valleys and hostas.

daily garden inspiration

Thursday, May 03, 2007

we're back!

the garden plot last year

tune in soon. it's the first week in may. and i'm...

a) not pregnant so no aversion to gardening
b) have kid, will garden
c) going to the garden shop this weekend

after a looooooooooooong winter full of pregnancy and hot flashes, we welcomed our son on march 2, 2007. he's a bundle of joy, a handful, and the best thing that has happened to us yet. it's a beautiful spring (well so far), and we are interested in preparing the gardens for our little one, and this being the last year my gardens will be safe from baby, but not from our little helper, puppers. next year, i will have to try to both puppy and baby proof the gardens. *sigh*

last year...
i planted (* means not a good crop):
green zebra tomatoes
cherry tomatoes
brandywine tomatoes
thyme (lemon and english)
italian parsley
chili peppers*
lemon cucumber*
pumpkin was KIA*

and that is not even the entire list, only what i could remember.

this year i would like to scale back the gardens and the apparent enthusiam i had last year. i think i will border the garden with nasturtiums again, not because we ate them, but because they tended to attract bugs away from the plants, and my dog hated the peppery taste so she stayed out of the gardens.
i am also going to plant ONLY A COUPLE tomato plants in pots this year. they did like the warmth of the garden bed last year but just overgrew, and i don't want to plant them in the same spot for fear of tomato rot. i will be planting green zebras again, as well as sweet cherrys.
and this year, i vow to only plant herbs...
and lettuce....
and try to grow flowers.

and anything else i feel like i want to try this year.

keep check back for my new escapades in gardening this year.