Saturday, May 31, 2014

1st 2014 Container Parade 2

Since we have more watering restrictions than normal, I cut back on the container plantings this year. 
I like to take photos of the containers through the growing season to show how they change.
This is part of the parade of containers for 2014.

This hog feeder is planted with rose moss and dichondra.  Some morning glories self seeded in it too.  I'm leaving them.  Could be the best combination.

rose moss/dichondra/morning glory

Friday, May 30, 2014

1st 2014 Container Parade 1

Since we have more watering restrictions than normal, I cut back on the container plantings this year. 
I like to take photos of the containers through the growing season to show how they change.
This is part of the parade of containers for 2014.

This old cream can has plenty of drainage.  I planted part of an asparagus fern I divided in the can.  I also discovered a morning glory had self seeded in the can.  I left it.  If something wants to grow on it's own this year, who am I to dissuade it?

asparagus fern/morning glory

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mulched. Now, Grow!

The edibles are planted and mulched with straw.  The aqua cones are in place.  We'll see if something good to eat will be possible with the watering restrictions.  The onions look awesome.  The pea plants are short, but making pods.  Waiting on the replanting of pumpkins and the basil.  Everything else is sprouted.  The lettuce had trouble sprouting for some reason.  It's a small plot but we're getting a few salads now.  The radishes were as confused by our spring as we were.  We've only had a few so far.  Grow garden grow!!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lots Of Limestone

I have occasionally mentioned the amazing gardening neighbor who gave me many plants and much advice for my garden.  She passed away in 2010.  Her granddaughter lived in the house while finishing college and tended the garden a bit.  This past fall, she moved on and the estate sold the house.  The amazing gardening neighbor's daughters gifted me with some items from their mother's garden including the armillary sphere which is now in my back garden.  The property has been undergoing a total renovation.  The man overseeing the renovation removed all the limestone from the garden and was going to (gasp) just haul it off and dump it somewhere.  What!?  My wonderful husband happened to be at the right place at the right time and was given permission to take the limestone instead.  It was free.  Some of the stones have tool marks.  Some of the stones have fossils.  There is a lot of character in the stones.  WH used a wheel barrel and would take about 30 minute every other night or so to bring some rocks across the street and into our back garden.  So, we now have a pile of limestone between the grill and the compost tumbler.  It will all eventually find a home in the garden.

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Garden Art

While I was out plant shopping recently, I also found a new piece of garden art.  Something with some height, color and motion.

It adds a little sparkle to the garden.  The little bells ring too.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Picked Up Some Plants

I finally made it to a green house to buy some tomatoes, peppers and flowers.
It's been an odd spring temperature wise.  We actually had a frost warning for this morning.  But, no frost came.  Luckily, we got a little rain Sunday and not the severe weather that some areas had.  My whole garden is happier since it got a little moisture.
This is less than I usually buy each spring.  I won't be planting as many containers with our watering restrictions.  Hopefully, they'll get planted this weekend.  Love having a little plant stash by the back door.  It's exciting to think of the flowers and veggies to come!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Some Purple Off The Patio

Thank goodness for the dame's rocket flowers.  They give a nice punch of purple off the patio.  A few are sprinkled in other areas too.  The drought doesn't seem to phase them.  Water drips off the patio roof so these are better than most.  In the alley, they're much shorter.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Freeing The Monarch

I'm glad I brought in the monarch butterfly this week.  We got down to 30 degrees this morning.  But, now it is warm and expected to be warmer overnight too.  It had trouble getting out of the jar so I helped it with the stick perch.

It sat on the ground for a little while and then took off.