Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Garden Updates (TONS of pictures)

On April 7th, our garden space looked like this:

Remember? And then we did lots of backbreaking labor and put lots of money into it...

Today it looks like this:

Some new stuff since I last showed photos. 

Stargazer lillies are coming along nicely. The trellis will hold a carolina jessamine, which we bought to help shade a new gardenia. 

Birthday present from the in-laws. 

Roma tomato, thyme, oregano, and rosemary. 

First one!

Cherry tomato plant. Should be getting fruit any day now.

Yellow crookneck squash. Had to replant zucchini in a pot, as some critter decided it was tasty in the garden. 

Lychnis are on their 3rd week blooming now...

The only annual we bought: rose moss. Dwarf callas are coming up fast!

Got some groundcover: this, creeping thyme, and some creeping rosemary.

Penstemon finally bloomed! Had to stake up the flower spikes, but they're lovely!

The corner bed has been plug and play, pretty much. Ice plant is still doing great, and the daylilies are getting flower spikes. 

The part-sun bed. Blue borage getting its second wind (makes nice cut flowers, btw); planted my mint and lemon balm in this bed, as I couldn't keep up with their container needs.

We thinned 2 suckers from the roma tomato plant, and E decided to try and root them. As you can see, it worked. I actually planted them today, though I accidentally broke one of them pulling off the bottom leaves. Hopefully it'll still survive. 

The camera was being stubborn and wouldn't focus, but you can see the itty-bitty pepper. I'm not sure this will actually produce anything of worth: it hasn't grown much. :-(

Basil is doing great! I've harvested it three times already, and it's bouncing back stronger each time. 

Got these 2 lamb's ears and the catnip at a garden outlet on Sunday, which is why they look a bit sad. I'm sure they'll perk up soon...

Recently divided this 8-year-old dendrobium orchid. I have half, and my mother-in-law has the other half. It's a beast. 

I actually did this today, in the time that all these photos were uploading to the blogger tool...

Lavender, coleus, and vinca. I love the look of a wildflower garden, and lavender is my favorite. Of everything. 

First squirrel who conquered my new feeder. It was a hilarious thing to watch, but he finally made it up there. 

My miniature phaleonopsis orchid. The rest of the buds have opened since this photo.

And my latest houseplant, a rhipsalis micrantha. Replaced the unfortunate ivy that got a spider mite infestation. 

I hope you enjoyed your ecological tour of my home... Stay tuned for next time, when hopefully the veggies will be producing... 

16 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

May I congratulate you on your garden makeover. It was awesome, The photo's are excellent.

Yvonne.

Jen said...

Wow I'm so jealous of you!!! It's beautiful!!! I love it! Beautiful for spring/summer!

Old Kitty said...

Wow - what a feast for the eyes and soon your palette! The tomato fruit is looking good! What an impressive vegetable and herb garden - tomatoes, squash, zucchinis - even the pepper is looking fine - fingers crossed with that you never know!!!

Then there's your lilies and callas and roses and jasmine - my goodness I could smell their fragrance already! Especially the lavender! I love how you make the entrance to your home ever so pretty and welcoming!

And doesn't your orchid look stunning! Beautiful blooms! Your latest houseplant looks at home already!

Thank you for a most fabulous tour of your garden and home! You've done a great job there and should be most proud. This is a lovely visual feast for me!

Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is quite the transformation!
I do good to keep the weeds out of my lawn.

Lola Sharp said...

Looks great! Love your new table. :) Now you can dine al fresco.

Your pots by the door are charming.

Christine Danek said...

Very nice! Do you do house calls because I need a garden makeover. :)

Crystal Cook said...

After you go to Christine's house, can you come to my house? Please! I love all those photos, they are so beautiful, you are really talented at that stuff! And your new blog look is so cute, and your profile pic too :)

And I have a phaelonopsis orchid that has not bloomed for a year! I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I water it once a week like it says and it's still green, but, alas, no flowers. See why I need you to come? ;)

Jemi Fraser said...

Beautiful - thanks for sharing!

Ann Best said...

It's almost my bedtime here, almost ten-thirty. Came into the Internet for just a few minutes to pick a few blogs from my blogroll - and happily picked yours. This is a most awesome way to end my day! These photos are stunning. What a marvelous transformation. As Old Kitty said, what a feast for the eye and the palette. I could almost smell and taste everything! Thank you.

Guinevere said...

Wow, your garden has come a long way! It looks beautiful... great job. (Do you want to come to my house and help me with mine?)

Genie of the Shell said...

What a gorgeous garden! Nice work. Mine is a lot sloppier. Someday, maybe I'll have time to clean up and tend it properly.

It's early enough that you could still get some good peppers.

Tahereh said...

wow that's gorgeous, summer! i love it! your home looks so lush and peaceful -- the perfect place to write, no?

thanks for sharing!!

<333

Shelley Sly said...

Yay, how pretty! I love the squirrel one.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, it looks amazing. I'm jealous. Our garden doesn't look anything like that.

Palindrome said...

your garden is gorgeous!! I have a brown thumb but hope to grow a garden once I'm out of the apartment.

Nishant said...

You've done a great job there and should be most proud. This is a lovely visual feast for me!
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