Thursday, May 31, 2012

Furry Visitor

Shelling all these sunflower seeds under the bird feeder is tiring in this heat.

I think I'll take a nap in the locust tree.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Purple, Yellow, White

When choosing flowers for the front garden, the criteria includes the bloom color being purple, yellow or white.

I have moved flowers that turned out to be orange or blue in hue.  They are happily living in the back garden.
Purple and yellow are complimentary colors.  They are opposite each other on the color wheel.  The white is a nice highlight.

Here is a list of the blooming perennial plants in the front garden.

Russian Sage
Hosta 'Blue Eyes'

Chocolate Flower Berlandiera lyrata 'Mora County Mix'
False Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides
Yarrow Achillea x 'Moonshine'
Jerusalem Sage Phlomis russeliana

White Coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
Soloman's Seal
Heath Aster

In addition, I have some purple and white larkspur which self seeded.
I confess, I pulled two pink larkspur plants.

In the spring, the flowering bulbs are also purple, yellow and white.

Tulips 'Demeter'
Crocus Botanical Crocus Mixed
Giant Allium Allium x ambassador
Grape Hyacinth Muscari 'Armeniacum'
Tulips 'Demeter'
Tulips 'Demeter'

Crocus Botanical Crocus Mixed
Darwin Hybrid Tulipa 'Golden Peldoorn'

White Glory Of The Snow Chionodoxa luciliae 'Alba'
Crocus 'Peter Pan'
Crocus 'Snow Bunting'
Crocus Botanical Crocus Mixed

There are also spring flowering shrubs.


Lynwood Gold Forsythia Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Gold'

Monday, May 28, 2012

Peas And Tomato

The harvests are coming in at Garden on Sherlock Street.

Loving the snow peas (melting sugar).  They are producing well.
We're enjoying them with salads.  I also pull the strings, wash, dry, freeze on a cookie sheet and store in a container to use later in recipes.  Yummy!

This it the first tomato (sweet baby).  I don't think I've ever harvested a tomato in May before.

Hope you are enjoying produce from your garden too.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Silver Falls

 This is a new to me plant that came home from an afternoon of greenhouse hopping I did in April.

Dichondra 'Silver Falls'

The little leaves make these cute cups.  It is suppose to love the heat and be drought tolerant.  It is not hardy for our area.  So, I will be trying to overwinter it in the house.

In the mean time, I'm waiting for it to cascade out of this container with the sweet potato vine.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Poppies In The Path

Since I have many annuals that self seed in the garden, I have to pull some of them from places less than ideal.  Paths for instance need to stay clear if I'm going to navigate the garden.

There is one exception.  I do not pull poppies.

These are California poppies which I started from seed in the garden many years ago.  For years, I was lucky to get one or two to reseed.  So, I never pulled them no matter where they grew.  The poppy crop has increased, but I still can't bear to pull them.  As a result, I have poppies in the paths.

This is the side garden. (The low growing ground cover on the left are hens and chicks).

There is a huge bunch of poppies in the path.  I just step over them.


The pods are so interesting.  This is one just starting to open.

This photo has some seed heads.

The delicate petals of poppies are enchanting and their bright color really pops in the garden.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Veggie Garden Update

The front walk has such a nice display of flowers that I just had to share.  Not only does this greet our guests; but we enter the house at the front door too because while we have an attached garage, there is not a door inside that leads to the house.  The garage was added to the house at some point. I love walking through the flowers.

I let a lot of plants self seed.  Mostly I get flowers, but in the wild area where I let things compost, vegetables can appear too.

This yellow squash plant is already producing food!  

The raised vegetable beds are quite full.  We are starting to get peas.  Add them to the strawberries,  lettuce, radishes and onions we've been enjoying.

The water jugs are lined up so I can use the water in them to fill the aqua cones.  I don't need the jugs to protect seedlings any more this season.  The aqua cones are the round brown things you see.  They are inverted two liter bottles with the bottoms cut off and the necks stuck into spikes that direct the water to the plants roots.  They are brown because I cover each one with a knee high stocking to act as a filter keeping out leaves and bugs.

Hoping for good harvests!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Burgundy Blanket

Last year, I started acquiring plants that are red in someway for a flower bed.  My "red bed."
I purchased Gaillardia grandiflora 'Burgundy' or Burgundy Blanket Flower from High Country Gardens.  It just sat there last year.  This year, it is blooming!!!!!

Put Up 2012

Put Up

Produce consumed while standing in the garden, eaten soon after harvest, given to family and friends (unless it is given to them after it's "put up") or saved as seed is not included in this list.

In The Cupboard or Root Cellar*

garlic, bulbs

onions, red
onions, white

squash, winter:  acorn

squash, winter:  small wonder hybrid

In The Freezer

bean, snap: contender (bush)
7 1/4 cups in Tupperware

onions, white
3 pint zipper bags

onions, red
2 pint zipper bags

pea, edible pod: sugar bon
10 3/4 cups in Tupperware
pea, shelling types: little marvel (dwarf)

4 3/4 oz in Tupperware

pepper, bell
1 pint zipper bag

4 3/4 oz chopped in Tupperware
4 3/4 oz ringed in Tupperware

*Root Cellar: a tray lined with newspapers in the guest room

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Shy Couple

I added some plants and fish to the water garden recently.  Water hyacinth, water lettuce and hornwort plants with two lionhead goldfish.

 They are still kind of shy but getting used to us coming and going out the patio door.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jerusalem Sage

This is Phlomis russeliana, Jerusalem Sage.  It has a nice spot in the front garden under the canopy of a forsythia bush.

It is not a bold plant that catches your eye in a landscape, but it has very interesting flowers.

I don't do anything for this plant.  It gets water when it rains and when I run the soaker hoses for the planting beds.  It comes back each year and blooms.  Super easy.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hiding In Plain Sight

It is amazing how some things are right in front of you; yet, hidden.

This little display of succulents sits in front of a kokopelli garden stake.

 I got the kokopelli after a trip to New Mexico.  Who doesn't need a magical flute player in their garden?

And, what's on the kokopelli?

A chrysalis.  I wonder what beautiful butterfly will come out of it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blooms And Bunny

The month of May is crazy for us with family gatherings, celebrations, etc., etc.

So, let's take a moment to just enjoy the blooms at Garden on Sherlock Street.

The pansies are working overtime producing blooms to greet visitors by the front door.

The front walk is bordered by daisies.

The moonshine yarrow is trying to claim space from the front walk.

The salvia along the driveway decided to get in the show almost overnight.  The butterflies and bees love this salvia.

I swear it put up these blooms overnight.

In the back garden, the clematis is performing like never before.  It is all the way to the top of its trellis.

The primrose Oenothera speciosus "Rosea' has surrounded a bird bath and creates a lovely pink glow in the corner.

And, what is hiding in the bouncing betties?

A bunny!

A bouncing betty bunny.

Have a great weekend!