Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Late Spring in the Garden

Evan's Garden

Knockout Rose "Sunny"

Hydrangea aborescens "Annabelle" and Hydrangea serrata "Miranda" plus Japanese roof Iris and Echinacea purpurea "Evan Saul"

The Hydrangeas are showstoppers this year, in spite of the heat and lack of rain.

"Ditch" Daylilies

I love how tough Daylilies are. They are stunning year after year, no matter the conditions. And they spread, so one can share!

Annabelle Hydrangea and Duncan

Duncan got tired of saying "Cheese," and ended up looking a little funny. Mommy's a bit slow with the camera finger.

The Big Blooms of Annabelle

So long Sweet Peas! You were tasty!

On to some summer beans, I hope.

Unknown Daylily

Echinacea purpurea "Kim's Mop Head"

I've seen honeybees and butterflies frequent these Echinaceas. I'd like to get more, but they're still a little hard to find locally.

Rudbeckia fulgida "Early Bird Gold"

Another tough plant is Rudbeckia. "Early Bird Gold" blooms all summer. It has spread in the last few years, and I need to divide them and give some away. Any takers?

Daylily "Paper Butterfly"

The blooms of "Paper Butterfly" are huge! Just a beautiful daylily.

Dinner with veggies from my garden (sweet peas, new potatoes, carrots, and onions!)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Evan's Garden

Yellow African Marigolds

Evan loved the happy, poofy yellow flowers on the African Marigold.

Evan's Garden is a special combination of plants and shrubs that I've picked out over the last four and a half years since Evan's death. At first I just wanted to have "fun" plants in his garden. I worked it and re-worked it, we had drought and flood, and I finally decided on an animal theme. Turns out, there are a lot of cool plants with animal names (as the common name) that can handle seasonal flooding. The garden is filling in nicely now.

Orthosiphon aristatus "Cat's Whiskers", Dryopteris ludoviciana Southern Wood Fern and Itea "Little Henry"

Veronica spicata "Red Fox"

Saururus cernuus "Lizard's Tail" or Water Dragon!

I'll have to keep an eye on the Lizard's Tail. I think it's easily doubled in size since last year. As attractive as it is, I'll need to keep the spreading in check.

Auruncus dioicus "Kneiffii"? "Goat's beard"

Ligularia dentata Leopard Plant

Not sure which variety of Liguaria this is. It will have lovely yellow daisy like flowers in summer.

Myosotis Forget Me Not

Forget Me Nots...ever appropriate in a memorial garden.

Polemonium reptans "Stairway to Heaven" Jacob's Ladder

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vegetable Garden Journal

Carrot pushing out of the ground.

After planting some 50-60 carrot seeds this spring, and only 5 or so coming up, I'm pleased that I got anything decent to eat. I figured if this little fellow was pushing itself out of the ground, it was ready to be pulled. So, I pulled it. And ate it. (Along with the taters and peas. And some scallions.)

Volunteer tomato coming up in my oregano!

I planted three store bought tomatoes (one Heirloom and two Romas), but I have several coming up from seed from last year. I can't wait to see what they are!

Sweet peas.

It's getting a little too hot for these springtime veggies. I didn't plant a lot, but had a couple of small harvests. In a word: yum!


Most of my potatoes are coming in nicely. I did dig up two plants that looked like they wouldn't survive. There were a few little new potatoes per plant. So, a disappointing harvest for them, but they did taste good! Hopefully the other potato plants will yield more taters.

The little happy yellow African Marigolds were some of Evan's favorite flowers.

I hope to pull the Sweet Peas soon and replace them with some sort of summer veg. I'll have a good bit of space in my small garden once all the spring plants are done! Now if it would just rain and stop being so hot, I might have a chance for a summer harvest, too.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Duncan turned 5 years old today. We've spent the better part of the afternoon listening to Iron Maiden and playing air guitar.

Duncan pretending to be the Iron Maiden robot.

Little rocker!

Happy Birthday, buddy!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day

There are loads of things blooming right now! Here's a sampling:

Hydrangea serrata "Miranda"

Sambucus nigra "Black Lace" Just missed getting a good picture of my first ever Sambucus bloom. It was beautiful. I may have one on my phone, but I haven't checked. Stay tuned!

Miranda Hydrangea

A bloom on one of my potato plants!

Look at all the buds on my Hydrangea aborescens "Annabelle"!

I can't wait to see these in full bloom!

Aquilegia caerulea "Swan Pink-Yellow Columbine"

A new acquisition from Santa Rosa Gardens. I've not had a whole lot of good luck with Columbines, so we'll see how this one works out!

Coreopsis "Center Stage"

Another one from Santa Rosa. Feathery foliage makes the flowers really stand out!

Fairy Rose

These last three plants are items I picked up at trades, so I don't know a lot about them.

Hardy Geranium


I keep wondering what Rose this is. I go back and forth between Apothocary Rose and just a Knockout. I'll figure it out one day!