Showing posts with label dame's rocket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dame's rocket. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beautifying The Alley

The rains we've finally been getting are really helping my alley experiment.
I put "extra" plants and flower seeds in the alley.  I try to keep the weeds down, but do not water it at all.
The irises bloomed nicely this spring and now I have short dame's rocket plants, bachelor buttons and daisies blooming.  I've noticed other plants sprouting too.  I moved some day lilies out there this spring and thought they were going to perish, but they're very green now.  I know that the utilities may need access to the area.  There isn't anything out here that isn't in the garden too.  It's way better than grass or all weeds.  I mow the edge by the 'road.'  And, the butterflies love it all.

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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Outside Plants

When I got home from work Thursday afternoon, there was a box waiting for me on the porch.  Plants!
I had placed an order with High Country Gardens before our city decided to tighten our watering restrictions.  They are all drought tolerant plants.  And, my plan was to plant them just off the patio where they will get some extra rain from the roof.

The plants looked good in the box.

There were two layers of plants.

I did a double order on one of HCG's preplanned flower beds.  I sorted out the plants.

There was a planting chart included, but my space wasn't a square and will be viewable from all sides.  So, I made my own plan.

There are some dame's rocket and bachelor buttons in the bed currently.  A lot of them stayed, but I had pre-dug some places for the new plants a few weeks back.  I decided which plants would go in which place and started planting.

Since I like to keep the tags with all the info in my folder in the house, I wrote numbers on spoons and put the numbers on the plant list to mark each one.  I've found plastic spoons last a long time in the garden, are easy to find when needed and remove from the garden easily when you're done with them.

After the plants were planted, I gave each a little straw for mulch, poured some bathtub water on them and snapped this photo.

All tucked in.

What did I plant?

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'
Liatris aspera
Physostegia 'Miss Manners'
Echinacea purpurea
Sedum 'Matrona'
Solidago 'Fireworks'
And, I moved in some white yarrow from another bed in the garden.

In other news, I filled in the center rocks in this bed for the new garden art that is coming.  I'm hoping for some predicted rain this weekend to settle it a little before placing the art on the paver.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spring Bloomers And More In The Side Garden

There are so many plants blooming at Garden on Sherlock Street I can barely keep up documenting them all in the blog.

The alliums are just getting going in the front bed.

The peony plant is about to burst.
This is Karl Red.

I shared a shot of the side garden in my last post.  Here are some close ups.

The wild snapdragon or toadflax is making beautiful yellow blooms.

This bee was getting deep into the wild snapdragon blooms.

The dame's rocket is just doing so well this spring, I had to get a photo of the sea of dame's rocket in the side garden.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Quick Pass Through The Garden


The dame's rocket and irises are looking very good in the side garden too.  There is even a little wild snapdragon blooming (yellow spikes).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Purple Row

If you checked out the April 2012 tour of Garden on Sherlock Street, you probably saw the purple flowers scattered about in the back garden.  They are dame's rocket.  It self seeds easily.  I let it find little places to sprout, and leave it up through the seed stage because the house finches are so fun to watch when they eat the seeds.

Along the patio, I do pull out the dame's rockets beyond a row at the edge.  It's one of the few things in the garden that I grow in a row.  I do this mostly because I need the rest of the bed off the patio to have space for other plants.

The first monarch butterfly I've seen this year was attacking the dame's rocket blooms.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I'm Still Here. Really.

Life has been crazy! Nothing bad. Just busy--work, home, wonderful husband, family, associations and fun! I've been lucky to DO anything in the garden. There hasn't been time for taking photos or blogging. I have visited many gardens.  Occasionally, I've left a comment. Hopefully, the May mania is over.

The number one thing I wish for my garden is rain. It is unusually dry, even for us, this May. I've only made one rain gauge report listing since I put the rain gauge out.

This evening, the wind was calm, the temperature was warm and my schedule was clear.

For supper, I harvested the broccoli raab.  Doesn't it look pretty?

I marinated the florets and some of the leaves with olive oil, Italian seasoning and garlic. Then, I put it on the grill. I didn't move it enough and a few leaves got charcoaled but in general it was good! Even my wonderful husband liked it. This was a brand new vegetable for both of us. I think it was a success. We'll see if we get another harvest from the plants before the weather gets too hot for it.

The dame's rocket is starting to bloom. 

The last of my ordered plants arrived this evening too.  Gaillardia, red valerian, snow-in-summer and butterfly weed.  

I didn't get around to opening the box until it got dark outside.  I figured I could do that on the patio with the lights, but I'd better weed the veggie sprouts while it was daylight!  There are plans to put them in the ground Saturday.

Also Saturday, I'm hoping to make a stop at my favorite greenhouse to collect plants for the containers.  I'm acclimating the overwintered plants in the family room by opening the windows by the plant stand so they experience the temperature changes.  Most should be ready to go out this weekend as we're getting much warmer this week.

I really need to get some photos taken and it's almost time for the May tour!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The July Tour Is Ready

The July 2010 tour of Garden on Sherlock Street is ready for you!

You can see it by using the page link in the right hand column, "Tour Garden On Sherlock Street," or you can go back one post.

I took the photos about midday on Independence Day.  It was cloudy.

The front yard is looking fine.  I got a close up of the front walkway with the flag out.  The daisies were cut back and placed in the alley to seed more of the wildflower area.  A few daisies are starting to bloom again.  The moonshine yarrow continues to drape out onto the walkway.

Also in this bed, the Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' is now blooming.

In the back yard, just off the patio, the love-in-a mist has made its seed pods.

These seeds will soon coat the ground.  When they're done, I'll cut down the plants.

Exploring the vegetables, I found this pretty white ruffled bloom on the snake gourds.

Also in the raised vegetable beds, I still have lettuce!  On the 4th of July!!!  It is Grand Rapids Tipburn Resistant.

Back in June, I posted that I had read about icing the soil in the summer heat to be able to germinate lettuce seed.  I read about this technique on digginfood.  I transferred that idea to icing the lettuce plants I had at the time.  On really hot days, I iced the lettuce in the morning and in the evening.  The lettuce has gotten a sharper flavor.  The heat is affecting the plants.  It's unlikely I'll harvest much more from these plants as the flavor has changed, but I'm still pumped about keeping them going this long into the summer. 

We've enjoyed salads way past our normal season.  I'm hoping to try icing the soil and planting some new lettuce plants soon.   I'll let you know.  Lettuce on the 4th of July!!!  It's so awesome. 

In the wild area, I found these babies on the sunflowers.  They will be cute little butterflies. This is why I grow sunflowers.

In the side yard, the first daylily has opened.  I got this free from a local garden club during a plant giveaway.  I have no idea what it's name is.

Also in the side yard, I found this tiny plant with delicate white flowers.  It was hard to get a good photo of it.  I have no idea what it is.

In the alley, the dame's rocket, love-in-a-mist, daisies and bachelor buttons are making seed pods.  There are still larkspur blooming out there.  This photo I shot Friday evening as the sun was setting and shining down the alley.

Don't forget to check out the main tour photos

Thank you for visiting Garden on Sherlock Street.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Five Little Things

There are little changes in the garden everyday.  Not everything is dramatic.  It all comes together to create an environment.  Here are a few little things I've noticed lately...

1.  The spring blooming flowers are done in this bed.  As the bachelor button, dame's rocket and love-in-a-mist plants dry and form seeds, I'll remove them leaving space for the four o'clocks which are waiting for their show time.

2.  The bouncing betties are starting to bloom.  These flowers are pure white, but I often see shades of pink as well.

3.  These little alliums are blooming.  They are Allium sphaerocephalon (Drumstick Onion).  We have them scattered throughout this bed.  I planted some snow-in-summer this spring to fill in around their stems.

4.  The wave petunias in hanging baskets along the front walk are really getting full.

5.  This firefly decided to take a nap on the fountain in our water garden container.  I didn't turn on the fountain until he left.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Spindly Bunch

Dame's Rocket is beautiful in the spring.  Such pretty clusters of purple flowers like lilacs.  Mine reseed easily.  However, after the blooms are gone, they look like this.

Most of the dame's rocket in my garden are mixed in with other plants so the spindlyness isn't as obvious but this patch around one of the clothes line poles has only dame's rocket. 

I'm letting the seeds form.  Each little spine contains seeds.  The house finches like to eat them right off the stalk.  I know it's time to cut down the dame's rocket when I find the house finches feasting.  I just cut them off at the ground and lay the stalks down where I want dame's rocket to grow again.

Friday, May 21, 2010

This, That And The Other

Isn't this a glorious color combination?  Dame's Rocket (purple) in the background, wild snap dragon (yellow) in the middle and irises (peach) from our amazing gardening neighbor in front.
Here are the wild snap dragons up close.

I got this plant from a local garden club during its annual plant giveaway. I was told it is wild snap dragon but don't know for sure. If you know it as another name, please let me know. It is shallow rooted and spreads a bit.  It is very drought tolerant.
Here are some of the daisies along our front walk way.

I have three hardy geraniums.  One hasn't bloomed yet.
This one is "Ballerina."

This one is "Patricia." It has the sweetest blooms.

The Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn is blooming.  We just call it Hawthorn like it's a person.  "Come on Hawthorn, grow.  We want some more shade."  It makes a small red fruit in the fall.

Here are my zuchinni seeds just sprouting.

And look who sprouted in the kitchen...spinach.