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So my tomatoe plants have tons of fruit on them...but up until recently they just weren't ripening. This morning upon inspection I have a read one, and several other that are turning...So much for being early girls, but some fresh tomatoes would be nice. I have been reading about everyone elses wonderful tomatoes and was feeling left out.
Most other things in the garden are about done, picked rhubarb, blueberries, and kolorabi the other day, hubby made a nice crisp from the rhubarb and blueberries, it was quite a treat. I have peppers ripening, so maybe salsa will be in order.
Squash are coming along, although we should have another month of growing for them.
My dahlias have been very slow this year, but my dad got extra at work, which I need to plant today....instant color...I love it. I need to stake them, because these got too big to sell, they don't really stand well, but I can handle a little staking.
Grandma arrived, so we are off to enjoy the weather at the baseball game today, supposed to be 77 degrees, which will just be perfect!
Hope everyone has a great day!
After weeks of above normal temperatures, I feared when we went back to normal I would find it to be cold. Although I find that the upper 70s has been quite nice. Today got in the low 80s so sitting in the backyard is nice. Of course you can tell the days are getting shorter, and the signs of fall are peeking their head out. More flowers are done blooming, although I think I shall forgo the deadheading and leave them for the birds. The stores are full of mums...and mine are budding up nice. Although with the forecast over the next 10 days we are unlikely to see the leaves start turning any time soon...which is ok for me, as I really am a summer person. Although sitting here I am reminded that I should fill the bird feeders full, and put up the extra feeders, since migration should be happening soon. Although that gets me thinking of all the work fall brings....that is for another night, it is much better to sit here and smell the wonderful flowers and enjoy a warm summer night.
Hope everyone had a great day!
So the catalogs are piling up, my inbox is full....oh the wonderful goodies for spring. I think I shall be adding some reblooming iris...there are some really pretty colors and so many places to buy them from. Each company seems to have something a little different. I need to go back through my spring pictures and decide what colors I am missing, so I have some variety of color.
It is so hard to give up the warm days of summer and consider what I want to look at those first days of spring after a long rainy winter. On those long dark days, when I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark, what rays of hope will promise me that the long days of summer are coming?
I have several things already in the garden although our summer has been rough on some of my winter blooming plants. My camellia won't bloom...it had a few buds but on inspection the other day there are maybe 4 and they are mostly dried out and ready to fall off. The sarcaccoca looks ok, but I am going to give it a little extra water to see if I can make sure it at least blooms. The witch hazel enjoyed the heat and seems in good shape. Amazingly the primroses survived the drought and the heat, and will be welcome bright spots in February as well.The mahonia has doubled in size and should make my Anna's hummingbirds very happy.
I may add some crocus in the back, as right now I only have them in the front, they are great to see when you drive up to the house. I think maybe a few more alliums are in order too...I found the surprise lily that was talked about by someone else, so that will probably be on the list too.
Have to make my decision so I can get things ordered. I also need to get some veggies for fall planting. So many things to do and then so long to wait for the results....such is the life of a gardener!
No sorry I am not growing wacky weed...I am trying to get better at container gardening....I had a wonderful garden friend take me pot shopping yesterday. I have to say it was overwhelming and I could have spent a lot of money. There were so many pretty options. I found three pots I liked and I decided to redo two I already had. Since we can do year round containers here I figured I better get with it. I had been just doing annuals, and mine were looking a little needy.
This first pot is one of the new ones, and I decided I wanted somthing fun and low maintenance, so I decided to do Toffee Twist Sedge, a varigated Sedge, Northern Lights Grass, Japanese Blood Grass, Blue Fescus and a thyme.
This pot I already had an it just had annuals in it, so I put in an assortment of sedums that I had in other places that needed to be split up.
is the other pot I already had, it now has Stella de Oro daylily, black mondo grass, hebe, heuchera, and thyme.
I have one more that I am working on, but I need to run to Home Depot and get more soil. I had gone shopping today and hit some of the end of clearance sales and picked up 13 plants for $10 today. So there are plants that need to go in the other pot and once I get it done I will post it too. It shall take a while for them to fill in, but hopefully they will give some year round color that I won't have to do much with.
Hope everyone had a great weekend.
PS Here's the other pot....it has a heather, false cypress, heuchera, rock rose and a couple of other plants I forgot to bring the tags in for...
Most of you know my garden started after I came home from my grandfather's funeral. He died 3 years ago and my grandmother a year ago. (one from one side and the other from the other side of the family)
12 years ago my husband and I moved from Iowa where both our familes are to Western Washington. Living so far from our families is sometimes hard, you miss those special moments. My parents do live out here now, they moved here about 3 years ago.
I mentioned this on another post today, but it seems you never really appreciate the special moments, until you can't have them anymore. You realize how much you really don't know when you can't ask questions anymore.
Sitting and reflecting in the garden lately I remember the wonderful moments. My grandfather knew everyone. If you stopped by to talk with him he always had a story or piece of information to share. He worked hard druing his life and found the joy of the garden after he retired.
My grandmother on the other hand was a simple farm wife who found complete joy in the little things. She sat by the window and waited for the birds to return in the spring and she found complete joy in going out to get ice cream. Thinking of her reminds me how busy my life is and how much I take for granted. It reminds me I need to stop and enjoy things. The other day when I was trying to make zuccini bread I could have sure used her...I made a disaster of things and she would have known just how to fix it, she was the best baker I have ever met. In so many ways I wish I was more like her.
So with my grandma coming I plan to spend as many moments as I can with her. She and I have always been great friends, and we keep touch since she has a computer and a cell phone...but nothing is like being close enough to touch.
So I hope everyone has many wonderful moments in time that they can cherish.
So today was in the 90s, which was wonderful by my standards, although for some people here it was just too much.
So the weather man had some interesting facts this morning. Last month's heat had 10 days in a row above 80. Of those 5 were above 90, which set a record for the most days in a row ever above 90. Of those 2 days here were over 100, we had 105 and 103, both were records. We also tied the longest stretch of consecutive days with no rain at 28 days this summer, we missed breaking the record by less than an hour.
Next week we are to be back to normal highs in the mid to upper 70s with a possibility of scattered morning showers on a couple of days. So we probably had our last kiss of super warm weather, and we are headed into Septemeber with a return to normal.
I think my reject plants will like this as they were a little sun burned to start with. I already think the hebe is done for...I purned it back but the signs of life are minimal, but we shall see. I watered everything good tonight, since the 5 day forecast doesn't look like we will see rain.
Hope everyone is getting great weather...be safe for all of you getting the wild weather coming through...I keep seeing reports of tornadoes popping up...
Oh the glorious days of summer have returned, it is in the mid 80s today with a light breeze. Just want the doctor ordered. After several days of rain, deadheading and now the sunshine, hopefully I will get another round of flowers before we get a heavy frost. Although sometimes that doesn't come until December, but it could be in October too.
Rumor has it that we are supposed to have a warmer and drier than normal winter. I like the warmer sound, since last winter was record setting cold and snow, but I don't mind the rain.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day...
So after weeks of craziness I had a normal weekend. Yesterday on the way home from the tour of the local garden I enticed my garden club friends to stop by the nurseries I hit last weekend. One is going out of business so everything is on sale. As a gardener you just can't pass that up, so out of 2 cars we piled and picked through what they had left. Everyone walked out with something. So hubby was off early yesterday so he helped me dig holes for the ones I bought last week and the ones I bought yesterday. Then we spent about 2 hours deadheading the backyard. Looks so much better.
This morning I was doing a good job of sleeping in, until the neighbor decided to finish pressure washing the fence at 7:45. I am sure he was thinking he wanted to get it done and get the pressure washer back...although since it only goes in my shed when it is done, he could have given me a couple of minutes extra sleep, I wouldn't have minded it coming back later rather than sooner.
So I got up and I hit a couple more nurseries clearance tables and picked up a couple more plants...which I planted and finished staking some of the flowers we didn't get to yesterday. I was going to deadhead in the front but the sun is a little warm to feel terribly motivated.
Going have a BBQ with friends and let the dogs play tonight, so thinking about baking something with the blueberries, rhubarb or zuccini that I have...although she is allergic to wheat and is diabetic, so I have to see what I have.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
So the blueberries are ripening. Last night hubby picked about 12 cups worth I think...I need to take some to the neighbor, she brings me zucchini. I am pondering what to make with some of the blueberries...maybe a cobbler, or crisp...although I need to do zucchini bread as well. Think I might do chocolate zucchini bread. Grandpa still has Grandma's cookbooks, but I have the church cookbook, and there are some of her recipes in there, so I think I might experiment this weekend.
I have garden club tomorrow, we are off to visit one of our local display gardens. After that I need to spend some time in the garden doing some deadheading and weeding. Has rain pretty much all week, so weeds should be easy to pull. Grass is starting to green back up and needs mowed, will probably have hubby do that tomorrow afternoon.
So will probably be a busy weekend hope everyone has a chance to enjoy it!
So I am a huge lily fan, I have just about every type of lily possible...although reading a blog this week, I now need to find a Surprise Lily to add to my collection, they look fabulous.
I wish they had scratch and sniff pictures on the web, because the star gazer lilies are in bloom and if you have never smelt one, they are probably one of the best lilies out there. I have both white and pink.
There are a few other new flowers blooming, like the stokes aster.
And the toad lily.
My neighbor also has a fig tree which he says I can pick from, but I really don't like figs...I wish I could post them for you guys to share.
Hope everyone had a great day...and enjoy your garden!
So after several days of rain I can just see the plants look greener and stand up taller. Well at least that is what I think in my mind. As a certified crazy I feel that my plants have thoughts and feelings and I just imagine them feeling certain ways depending on the weather. When it was super hot I could just see them worshiping the sun and enjoying it...that was everyone except my native plants which were a little wilty wondering what happened to their normal 70 degree weather. I have so many plants I grew up with and I know they do well in warm weather and I could just tell they were enjoying the really warm weather. It just seemed they opened more blooms all at once and they stayed around longer.
Although I might not be completely crazy because there have been studies about plants doing better when talked to or having music played...so maybe they do have a level of intelligence, we just can't detect it yet. That of course would mean I am not completely crazy.
If I can get stuff deadheaded I should get another round of happy blooms. My fireweed said summer is only half over or so, which is always wonderful. I never knew the "rule of the fireweed" until I did a cruise to Alaska and the guide was talking about how the fireweed is pretty good at predicting the length of summer. I used to pull the fireweed out of my garden, but I decided to keep it the last few years, and really it is true it is pretty close to right on the length.
Hope everyone had a great day!
So it was hard to get out of bed this morning, it was still raining when my alarm went off. There is a skylight in the hall outside our room and the rain sounds so good on it. I wanted to just turn off the alarm and snuggle back in. I am so excited to have the rain, we really needed it after all the hot weather and they say we are supposed to be back in the 80s by the end of the week. I believe it, since the fireweed is only about half bloomed. I was really not ready for summer to be over, so 4-5 days of 60s and 70s is ok if I get a few more over 80 before fall.
Oh so much to write, but not enough time...have tons of homework to do...maybe more tomorrow.
So my brother went to see my parents Saturday night and my dad had gotten more free plants for me at work, a couple of pink stargazer lilies and a couple of penstomens. They of course are extras and they look pretty good and are in bloom.
Yesterday on my shopping trip I stopped at one of the local nurseries, they have a lot of outside space and not much covered area. They had a real rough time during our 90-100 degree weather. They had a lot of very sad looking plants. They were on tables marked 50% off, and I picked up a couple that weren't too bad and went to the register. I started to make small talk with the employee, and said that there were a bunch others out there that I had thought of, but they are so iffy. He told me that they were going to be thrown away anyway, so go grab them and he would give them to me for free. He and I agreed a little TLC on most would bring them back. So back I went with a box and grabbed some of the worst ones which looked like they had promise.
So when I got home they went into water and today when I get home I need to do some pruning. We shall see what they look like in a couple of weeks. Also there were some that still looked decent at the nursery, so I am going to go back next weekend and see if they look worse and see if I can talk him out of more plants.
When I told my husband he just laughed, he said only you.
Hope everyone has a great day~!
Oh I woke up this morning to wet ground. It just made me want to break out in song. As I sit here looking out the window I see the drizzle falling from the sky. I can hear the plants just rejoicing. They got 50 sprinkles about 3 weeks ago, but before that nothing since the middle of May. They say rain this morning, tomorrow all day, part of the day on Tuesday. So the moisture should soak in good. After the rain we are supposed to get back to our normal temps in the mid and upper 70s which will be nice. So it looks like me and my friend will be off to plant shopping today instead of playing in the garden. I knew I should have went out and deadheaded yesterday! I really should do that, as my grandmother is coming from Iowa to visit at the end of the month.
Three years ago when I attended my grandfathers funeral in February I decided that it was time to stop ignorning the mess of my backyard and actually do something with it. So in dedication to him I started the garden wen I got back. My grandmother has only visited us out here one other time and we were not living in this house, so she will finally get to see where we live and the garden that has sprung up from the memory of my grandfather.
Although this garden really is memories of all the people I love. Both of my grandmothers grew hollyhocks when I was growing up, and used to make hollyhock ladies with flowers and toothpicks that danced on a sauser of water. I have plants out of both of my grandmother's gardens, including turk cap lilies, bleeding hearts and columbines. I have a double pink peony like the one that I used to stick my face in at grandmas. My mother had the best daylily patch when I was growing up, and she always planted bleeding hearts at every place she has lived. My dad's favorite is gladiolas, and my grandfather's was geraniums. So the garden is filled with memories and people.
So I am excited to have my grandma come. My parents and brother live out here as well, so it will be nice for her to see a lot of family while she is here.
Hope everyone has a great day and has a chance to enjoy their garden!
So many of my friends just don't garden. I have a couple that are interested in plants, but only mildly, enough to think they are pretty. Which is why being on here is so nice, because I can share my love of gardening with other people. Although nothing is better than getting together in person. I have a new friend, we have known each other for about 8 months and she is really starting to love gardening. Oh joy for me. So she texted me today and asked if I wanted to get together this weekend and talk plants and maybe help her with a few things...oh I couldn't reply fast enough. So now I am looking forward to not only friend time, but plant time this weekend. Now hopefully the weather cooperates, otherwise we might have to abandon work in the yard for plant shopping...oh darn that would be so terrible too.
Hope everyone had a great day and had a chance to enjoy their gardens.
Ok so today got barely over 70 degrees, today's high was more than 30 degrees colder than a week ago today and 20 degrees cooler than Monday. I sat outside in the sun on break today with my coat on and was freezing. I really want the 80 plus degree weather back...although it doesn't look like I am going to get it.
Still no rain though...probably not until the beginning of next week, although with the cooler weather I don't have to water.
This weekend I really need to get into the garden and weed and deadhead now that it is cooler.
Nice to have the hubby back, last night we toured the garden and he had a chance to look at everything that started blooming while he was gone.
Wearing sweaters in August....hope everyone else is doing good!
Oh the brown of my skin shows how much of a sun worshiper I am. I did some work in the garden early this morning before it got warm and then went and had a pedicure with my friend. Oh how wonderful to have someone work on my poor feet. I how have flowers painted on my big toes.
My friend isn't a gardener and she doesn't go out in the heat much, and we were certainly yin and yang sitting there in the chairs. She is almost ghostly white and I am a nice shade of brown. Although with all the sun I have got this summer the doctor still tells me I am Vitamin D deficient. I don't see how with all the sun I have gotten.
The hubby is back tomorrow night, which will be nice. There is so much blooming now than when he left, he will be surprised.
Will probably need to water again tonight, the plants are looking a little sad, and on my way to my friends' house I stopped by the nursery and they had a fun plant on clearance for $3 from originally $18.99(Hardy Gloxinia Incarvillea delavayi "Bee's Pink), so in the ground it shall go as well. It likes moist, and I have just the spot.
Hope everyone had a great Sunday....
So the sun is out and it will be cooler today...mid 80s. I might try to get out and do some deadheading this morning, but I might also work on updating the flower spreadsheet, since I realized it is very out of date.
For those who have asked, on my spreadsheet I have the following information:
latin name, common name, plant name, year purchased, what it was (like bulb, plant, ect), cold hardiness, sun requirements, moisture requirements, height, flower time, purning time
I found I have been bad and haven't added anything I bought this year....so need to get it up dated.
So thinking a lazy day might be good today...hope everyone has a great day!