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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017


The irises are blooming at Garden on Sherlock Street.  These purple ones are always first.  There was a small clump of them here when we moved in.  I have spread them around the garden and shared them with a lot of friends.  This shot is along the alley.
The tulip display ended here just over a week ago when we were hit with a deluge.  Almost four inches of rain with a lot of small soft hail in about an hour and a half.  Some flash flooding of streets in town and people dealing with stalled cars and water in basements.  Just a little water in one corner of our basement, but the plants sure took a beating outside even if the roof and vehicles were fine.  Everything is growing and has perked back up including my peas which I was worried about, but the hail didn't break any of them off just roughed them up a bit.

We're enjoying different birds as they migrate and watching some pairs build nests.  Unfortunately, a robin pair was set on building a nest on top of our electrical meter.  After three days of cleaning off their attempts, I finally read to try sparkly ribbon.  That seems to have done the trick.  There are many nice trees to nest in.  Right by our back door is not really a good location.

A plant order arrived this week and I got them all in the ground yesterday.  Looking forward to some new bright flowers.

The rain barrels are set up ready to catch some water.  Too bad they weren't ready when we had the deluge.  I had to fix a hose with a leak and get new washers for one of the overflow tubes before I could set them up.

Seeded some more carrots into the garden today and making plans to fill containers soon.

Happy Earth Day!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017


It is a beautiful spring day at Garden on Sherlock Street.  Planted some Russian Sage that a friend was removing from a bed -- always saving plants, put some carrot and lettuce seeds in the ground, my wonderful husband mended a garden hose that had developed a couple of serious kinks and I checked out the newest tulip to bloom.  Love this color.  Unfortunately, I only have about 25% of these tulips this year because something dug most of them up over the winter.  I was hoping a squirrel replanted them in other places, but so far no surprise tulips in our garden.  At least I still have some.  Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Tour 2017

Front Garden

Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017


A rare photo of raindrops in the garden.  We have been blessed with over two inches of rain.  Slow, soaking rain.  We can already see the countryside greening up with all the moisture.  Today, a bit of sun is showing.  We may get a little more rain next week.  My rain barrels are not set up yet as I know it could still freeze.  So happy for the rain.  Really reduced the wildfire threat for our area.  I took the tour photos today to show a well watered garden for once.  Should have them ready for tomorrow.  Happy Sunday.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

While it is cool again today, we had some hot, dry, windy days this week.  We were in a dust cloud on Thursday when I stopped at a local greenhouse to pick up some pansies.  Nice to have some plants in containers on the porch and patio again.  A ceramic owl also found its way home from the greenhouse.





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Warm weather today gave me a chance to plants some seeds in the garden:  peas, radishes, kohlrabi and lettuce.

My wonderful husband helped me raise the water cube we use to store rain water.  It'll be easier to fit a bucket under the spout this year with it up another six inches.

I painted the welcome sign I shared in the last post.  Check it out in the right hand column.  :-)

I'm transplanting a few things.  I moved some chrysanthemums, and put these new wire cloches I purchased over them until they get start in the new place.


Still very dry here.  I have soaker hoses running.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope it was a nice day in your garden.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Another beautiful afternoon to be in the garden.  The calmer weather has allowed the firefighters to get the area wildfires under control.  So sad to hear of the damage.  We had a tiny chance of rain this weekend, but I just checked the forecast and it's been removed.  As I dug in the soil, I could see how dry it has become.  So, I ran a soaker hose while I pulled weeds, moved some of my galvanized containers, fixed the weather vane and enjoyed the birds!  Above is some garden art that needs paint.  I'm thinking red.  Hope your March has good weather for the garden.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


A beautiful day to be in the garden!  Monday and Tuesday were just awful here.  Such strong winds pushing wildfires across the plains of the Sunflower State.  A sweet friend's home was damaged.  Luckily, crews got the fire out before it took the whole house.  Others have not been so lucky.  Lost homes, farm buildings and so many animals.  We really need rain.  At least having a calm day is letting firefighting crews get things under control.  I spent the afternoon cleaning up some more planting beds.  Need to repair our weather vane and need to buy some paint for a few pieces of garden art.  A sweet garden friend shared some tete-a-tete bulbs with me a few years back.  They are showing off right now.  Hope all is well with you.  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some hyacinth bulbs are starting to bloom in the garden.
It is very warm and very windy today.  Took about an hour to clean up some flower beds.  Not as much henbit and chick weed to pull as I thought I'd find.  Some vinca vine from a container on the patio rooted its tendrils into one of the beds.  Hopefully, I got it all dug out.  The butterfly bush has some dead sections.  I don't know if it's aging and that is normal or if the drought has affected it.  We've had a very dry winter.  Digging in the soil shows that I need to start watering.  Came in from the wind and am now enjoying watching the birds at the feeders from our kitchen table.  I can clearly hear the chimes with the window open on this early March day.  Thanks for visiting my garden.  Be well!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

7 Years


Garden on Sherlock Street is now 7 years old!!  I love the number 7.  :-)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Tour 2017

Front Garden

Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley


Friday, February 10, 2017

Crocus Blooms

First crocus blooming!

Today was very warm.  We reached 83 degrees Fahrenheit.  Crazy for February.


I've been keeping track of the first crocus blooms since I started this blog.

2016 February 16
2015 February 8
2014 February 15
2013 February 3
2012 January 30
2011 February 23
2010 March 4


Friday, February 3, 2017

February Tour 2017

Front Garden

Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Big Wildlife


This hawk has been visiting our garden lately.  Seems to have captured a sparrow for lunch today.  One day, he caught a turtle dove and in the pursuit, they both crashed into our patio door.  Gave us quite a scare.  I took this photo through a window.  He's sitting on one of our picnic table benches.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ordered Seeds/Planned Veggies


I have my list of veggies for this year one post back.  Nothing too different in what is listed.  Am planning another variety of kohlrabi (delicacy white).  I'll decide on the peppers and tomatoes at the nursery.  Will see what is available and what looks the best.  What is most notable is what I don't have on the list this year.  I removed all the melons and all the pumpkins this year.  They take a lot of water and we haven't gotten a lot of harvest from them the last few years.  Our farmers' market has great melon and pumpkin growers.  I think I'll give them more business this year and spend less time searching for squash bugs.  I'll probably toss some of my remaining pumpkin seeds in our "wild area."  If they do well on their own, bonus!

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Edibles 2017

basil *
emily

bean
snap: contender  (buff valentine) (bush)

carrot
scarlet nantes

cucumber
slicers: marketmore 76

garlic *
hard neck

kale
blue curled scotch

kohlrabi *
early white vienna
purple vienna
delicacy white

lettuce
leaf: salad bowl
leaf: red salad bowl
leaf: black seeded simpson
romaine: forellenschluss “speckled trout”
romaine:  red
soft head (butterhead) : buttercrunch

onion sets
ebenezer (white)

parsley *
giant of italy

pea
shelling types: little marvel (dwarf)
snow peas: melting sugar

pepper (will decide at the nursery)
bell: golden bell:  starter plant
bell:  Valencia orange
bell: lilac:  starter plant
bell: red beauty:  starter plant
jalapeno: mucho nacho: starter plant
jalapeno: capsicum annuum

radish
multi-colored: french breakfast
multi-colored: sparkler
multi-colored: scarlet turnip white tip
red: cherry belle
Malaga

squash, summer
early prolific straightneck
black beauty (zucchini)
early white bush scallop

squash, winter
table queen acorn
spaghetti
candy roaster

tomato (will decide at the nursery)
grape/cherry type: chocolate cherry: starter plant
grape/cherry type:  sun sugar
grape/cherry type: sweet baby: starter plant
grape/cherry type: red cherry: starter plant
plum/roma type: amish paste: starter plant
plum/roma type: la roma: starter plant
plum/roma type: roma plum
standard slicers: early girl: starter plant

----- Perennials -----

asparagus *
jersey knight

chives *
?

mint *
?

winter onion
Egyptian Walking *

strawberry *
fragaria
allstar

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Iced Garden

I think we're done getting rain/sleet/snow, etc.  It's is right above freezing this afternoon so everything is dripping and bits of ice are falling off things, but it will freeze again tonight before we really thaw out tomorrow.  So far, no broken trees in our garden and we've kept electricity.  Much worse for some people around us.  Amazing the art work Mother Nature creates.