I picked up that clay pot at the end of a driveway next to where I was working last week! There was a hole at the back but the broken piece was set inside. Lucky me!
This lily is 8 1/2 inches across! What a beauty!
Just a quick update on the flowers:
We have these baby Snapdragons all over the yard. They look like them anyway. I remember when I was young my sister and I would pick them and make them “talk”.
When they are squeezed gently they open up like a small mouth. We’d do puppet shows with them! LOL! They kept us entertained for hours on end.
The planter is almost cured and then can be filled with soil. Mom has it sitting on an old chair for now:
This is the cutest jalapeno yet.
The herb garden is doing nice!
We are seeing some small tomatoes. YAY!
We ate this a few nights ago: Yummy!
Found this flower in the garden. Have no idea where it came from. We think it might be a double balloon flower:
A piece of rusted, used wrought iron railing bought from a demolition company for $49. About 4 feet long. (Posted this for Jewels)
Our Bee Balm looks half dead from the heat wave we have been experiencing.
Made and froze 32 wraps the other day. Mmmm…..
Happy Canada Day! Have a great long week-end.
We found a woman who sells ALL her perennials for four dollars. On our way there, I didn’t know what to expect, but it ended up being the most awesome place ever! Her property was full of gardens and they were huge! In front of each flower sat pots of the same for sale. Mom got one pot of bee balm with six in it, all were over a few feet tall! Four dollars! Everything was well established, not the small things you would regularly buy.
Mom’s score: Bee Balm (2), Astilbe, Black Eyed Susan, Creeping Phlox and Aubrieta
My Score: Astilbe one for shade and one for Mom, Phlox (white), Pink Starlets(2)
Then we hit Canadian Tire for the cheapie under two dollar sale.
I nabbed Mint, Spearmint and Spanish Moss
Mom nabbed Dark Night Delphiniums (2), Fox Glove, Lime Green Potato Vines (2) and 2 burgundy ones.
So we made some changes to the gardens: (Click on photo for larger view)
On top of that, on the way out of the grocery store we found a bunch of plants in a cart by the garbage. I am not above trying to salvage half dead plants! We grabbed 2 Pink Lemonade Blueberries one Raspberry and a Blackberry. If we can keep the root alive over the winter we just might have berries!
Now I am excited to see all our new plants next year after they have had time to adjust.
Sorry for the lengthy post, this is do update my aunt and sister.
After years of trying, success! We have Sweet Peas! The fourth year is a charm.
We also captured what I think is called a Metallic Green Sweat Bee around the garden:
The Hens and Chicks gave us a bit of a shock when we saw this for the first time:
It didn’t grow that last year! I looked it up and found out the big one will probably die, leaving the chicks to become hens. I have also read if you pluck the bloom it might not die. I won’t pluck it, I want to see it bloom.
You can read about it here.
When a friend came over last summer and gave us this lily, she said it would look great in the rock garden. It just doesn’t fit in, I will be moving it when it finishes flowering.
Sure is pretty though!
While I was on the topic of peas…
Our very first bundle of joy! Aren’t they adorable?
Hands off! They’re mine…all mine!
It happened! They bloomed! The smell makes my soul happy.
Something is eating the leaves on two of them. It figures, they day after I sprayed them, it poured rain for at least four hours. I should have sprayed them again and didn’t.
The Hosta will be in bloom soon. It looks like it is going to be a big one! Can’t wait!
Can’t forget the Delphinium:
Next up: The Veggie Garden Update
It is so wonderful being able to see everyone’s gardens and photos this year. The internet is a wonderful thing! I saw a banana flower for the first time at The Green Box Garden. I came across the most beautiful pink and white Double Peony that Drucilla Mott posted here.
Two things are funny about that. The first is I always loved the look of peony but asked my mom not to put them in our garden because they only last so long and I can’t stand all the petals on the ground. I remember at my Gran’s, she had a huge bush out front, it was all I could do not to yank it out! There were always brown petals everywhere you looked. If I tried to tidy it up, she’d get upset. I vowed never to grow one at my house.
After Gran passed on, there were legal issues and the house sat vacant for a year. We weren’t able to clean up or do anything. The yard went to pot! By the time everything was settled, the flowers had bloomed, and gone. I never had flower gardens then. I wouldn’t have known if something was a weed or a keeper. All I did know is that I wanted to dig some of them up to still have a part of her. She loved her gardens!
We dug up a bunch of stuff, not knowing everything we had. Mom said there was a small peony plant out back and really wanted it. I caved. We had no idea what kind it was. This year, once everything blooms we might get a few surprises!
So the other night I went out and took a few snapshots of things that were about ready to open:
The next morning I woke up to this:
I have no idea what these are:
I’ll look them up one day!
Happy Gardening and thanks to everyone who share their gardens with us!
I love the tissue paper look of Poppies:
Hosta plants have always been a favorite:
The Lady Slipper is extra special because it was my Grans:
Who doesn’t love Columbine?
Lovely little Dianthus are always a joy. I want to plant more:
My Mom’s lawyer is supposed to bring us some Phlox in exchange for some of our plants. I hope he remembers. I love trades! I love anything free.
Happy Gardening. The next post will be an update on the rock garden.
I’ve been ailing and hadn’t been out to see the gardens in a few days. One of the flower garden beds has come to life in that little amount of time!
(Click on photos for larger image)
They sure could use a good rain or watering. My husband will have to do that.
We are attempting pumpkins again. Notice the pile of cayenne he put by them?
We are planting tomatoes in stages so they are not ready all at once:
That was all I could muster up before coming back inside and napping.
I’m just going to lay on the sofa the rest of the evening reading blogs and playing Civ4.
The Bleeding Heart we dug up at my Gran’s a few years ago has started to bloom. It’s usually the size of a small bush before this happens. The strange weather patterns we have been getting are messing up the plant cycles!
NOTE: I added another tab up top called ‘Object du Jour.’ Here I will post photos of all the neat things we dig up on the property.
Just look at how tiny it is:
It is filling in nicely for a fairly new garden:
Mom is still at war with the local cats using her corner as a litter box:
We were worried the poppies might not come back. They are:
Time to go accomplish something while I have a few days off!
Next up: Starting the Fairy Garden and another Amazing Garden Tool!