A couple of months ago I told you about the super cute annual container planters I created in thrift store totes. They’re doing really well, thank you. But what’s growing in my garden now?
The thing I failed to mention in May was that there’s been a lot of garden activity around here. Mostly I putter in the garden when I’m just home from a long day’s work. Or when I’m tired of reading a book or wandering around the interwebs.
Or watching every single episode of every single Star Trek series (except the original series which I watched ad naseum in reruns.) I’m working my way through the movies now and it’s painful. Thanks goes to my nephew for tempting me with this whole Star Trek folly – and suggesting the perfect order to watch them. I look forward to a time when interstellar, intergalactic, hyperspace travel is a reality, and am happy I had an Amazon Prime membership to support the habit.
The new Black and Decker Lithium Cordless lawn mower and I are well acquainted. After much ado learning how to start the thing – which involves a precise series of pushes and tugs – we’re old pals. Mowing the lawn is now like a long walk back and forth and back and forth in a vaguely meditative sort of way. And darn it all, it’s good for me (see above, reading books, watching TV, surfing interwebs, etc.)
The weeds are busting out all over the place. Fortunately so are the flowers and veggies. My goal is to change the ratio so that there will eventually be more flowers, veggies, and other wonderful thingies instead of icky weeds.
I’m struggling with this stuff:
I don’t know its name. I don’t think it’s Queen Anne’s Lace as skin contact makes me itch. It grows like gangbusters, like rabbits, like – well – it never stops growing. It’s first up in spring and last down in autumn. It would take over the yard, and HAS taken over a good sized area in the back of the house including part of a once neatly manicured flower bed.
I’ve finally resorted to (insert an evil sound of your choice here) Roundup to kill the stuff. This is the second liberal application in two weeks, and I think I’m getting there. Next up comes a few weekends digging the blasted stuff out, depositing in garbage bags, and hauling to the local recycling center which takes yard waste. After that, it’s straight back to organic methods, Dairy Doo Mulch, and – well, I don’t know what else.
I’m in love with Oxalis. I understand it’s pretty rambunctious if planted in the ground, but it does well for me in planters (and thanks to Donna who introduced us.) The “Charmed Wine” on the right was a bright spot in the depths of winter. “Molten Lava” aka Oxalis vulcanicola is on the left. Both periodically sport the cutest little flowers – year round.
Veggies are coming along nicely: I’ve been able to munch on some lettuce thus far. In spring I lengthened the 3’x6′ raised bed another three feet, mulched all around, and added a wee white fence.
My long-term goal is to double the size and add asparagus and berries – basically, enough for me and enough to
force on people share. It took two years to get this far, so I’d guess another two for the additional space to be ready. Things just take longer when I do them by myself; not that I’m complaining, but boy, it would be nice to blink my eyes and have it all be done!
The cherry tomato plants came from a local guy, and they’re just taking off; there are even a few small green tomatoes forming. I bought a bunch of seeds from Baker Heirloom Seeds and planted most around Memorial Day. Beans are going crazy, lettuce and carrots are growing strong, and the melon is coming along nicely. Other root veggies were planted in mid-June and are just now coming; it would help them if the squirrels would quit visiting and searching for the ever elusive nut hiding places.And flowers? Yep, I gots ’em. (Get ready, there are a bunch.) This lacecap Hydrangea is just starting to bloom.
I have two sedum plants that come back year after year; though not particularly showy, they had deep contrasting color and structure to flower beds.
The echninacea is also just opening. This one seems bashful; revealing that color must take a lot of work.
These shorter Daisies are out, while the taller Daisies are about to burst.
Garden Phlox is about ready to put on a show – can’t wait as I love these tall, showy flowers.
Daylillies are just starting to open. I like that these are kinda maroon and gold – CMU colors!
The alliums and peonies are done for the year. While I’ve already composted the peony blooms, the alliums continue to delight as they stand tall and change from green to brown and drop seeds.
And did I mention roses? I’ve never been a fan, but the ones that came with the house are gorgeous every year. I may be a convert. Some are already done for the year, some just getting started. And the smell! Ahhhhhhhh.
I love this climbing (I think) rose, though don’t know it’s name; actually I’m too lazy right now to dig through my files for the name. It’s gorgeous though, isn’t it? Here’s another picture from the same plant.
This rose is just about done, but ever so lovely.
And finally two pictures from the same pink rose plant. Look at the variation in color intensity here.
See how the bud is dark pink, while the flower is pastel? Gorgeous!
Thanks for reading! How’s your gardening growing this month?
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