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Im on vacation!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO. Not really going anywhere except for one overnighter, so I will have some time to putz around in the yard. Here are a few pics I have taken since my last photo blog....
The first two are of my Red Star Hibiscus that I have been eagerly awaiting.....
Here is the current state of the Oil Rig....and following that, a picture of the PINK morning glories I found blooming toward the core.....if you remember, they are supposed to be Picote Blue....still wondering.....
Here are some containers that I moved to the back yard....they were by the Oil Rig, but the Rig was stealing their thunder....they look good next to the newly tied up Pampas Grass.....
A pretty Zinnia.....
Another intersting Morning Glory I found amongst my Petunias. Its a Star of Yelta, but it looks like the edge has been trimmed back about 3/4 of an inch.....
Another view of the awesome beauty of the Star of Yelta.....even though I had to dig up thousands of 1 inch volunteers this year to ensure they didnt take over the whole block...this continues to be one of my favorite flowers of all time.
Thats all...hope you enjoyed. Thanx for looking ^v^
Here are some photos from around the yard. The first two are concrete tiki torches that I made. The original intention was not this, but due to the fact that my tiki canister started to leak last year, I kinda needed something, and had this idea.
Convulvus starting to fill in around the blanket flower.
First Gladiolus of the year, and a pretty one I might add!!
Here is a pic of one of the Veggie and Herb beds. The squash vine is producing tons of squash, but is very invasive, so it might be going away soon.
Another look along the gate portion of the fence.
Can barely see the sun........
Three more bowls I made...these are shade/part shade bowls.
The giant flower box. So far this year this has just been temporary housing for things I am moving here and there...
A look along the other fence.....other shrubs should start to flower soon.....and you can see my concrete creations strewn throughout.
And last....here is a close up of that first bowl I made. Hope you enjoyed the photos...everyone have a great holiday weekend....my wife and I are working the whole weekend :(
Here is a photo tour of the yard, June 19th, 2009
Petunias are filling in and the zinnias are a growin'
Here is the other side. You can see I have been busy making concrete bowls!!
Here is the Oil Rig from a distance.
And here you can see the Morning Glories doing what they are supposed to do.
This is a pic of a Cherry Tomatoe that I have in a pot by the Oil Rig....yummy.
Here is a bunch of lettuce, some tomatoes, and some nemisia and a blanket flower.
This is a pic of some Nasturtiums, Petunia, and a pink flowering Bower Vine.
And a shot of the Master Grilling Headquarters, complete with a suprise gift from my wife....a brand new grill!!!
Hope you enjoyed the tour....have a great day!!!
I had a little time to kill so I thought I would post some current photos of the yard. Hope you enjoy.
This first one is an early bloom on my Picote Blue Morning Glory. I am a little distraught though, as it doesnt look at all like the seed packet said. I have other morning glories around the yard, but I am pretty sure I only planted the Picote Blue by the "oil rig" -- Here is the pic, and the pic of the seed pack:
And the pack.....
Clearly a difference. The flower in my actual picture, is small...about as big as a 50 cent piece. Its the color
of the Heavenly blue I grew last year, but those blooms were as big as a baseball, and didnt show till late summer
so only time will tell.
Here is a pic of some Caladiums coming up around the patio area in the back...
Next, a pic of one of the concrete bowls I made, with some Sedum, a Vinca, and some other ground cover.....I LOVE how it turned out. Oh, and Zuma in the background.
Here is the back yard area where we hang out.
A few more concrete goodies that I made, hanging out in one of the garden beds.
Those clearance liliies that I got at lowes for $1 two years ago
And, perhaps the most exciting clearance find of the year if I can save it. A Crimson Mandevilla for $2.50....Time will tell.
Here is another similar Bowl Garden I made for a friend....
And finally, a picture of the finished Grilling Headquarters....I need a better pic as all the flowers are blooming in the back now, and it looks better when all the pavers are dry.
There you have it....hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a nice day.
Here are a few photos from around the yard, and an indoor project that the wife and I just did too.
This first pic is my grilling headquarters. I poured a slab of concrete today, and next to it you will see some of the concrete pavers I made, that will fill in the rest of the area. Plants will be added too.
This next pic is the first Buttercup to bloom. In a later pic you will see the size of the whole thing. From a $3 plant at last years Master Gardeners Sale, to a beautiful huge bush.
This next pic shows the main Galiardia Goblin that I planted last year from seed. I divided this into five plants, and this is one of the five. You can also see the Dianthus that I got for a quarter last year at Lowes.
A close-up of a pretty Viola.
Next is the corner that has that Buttercup, along with a container that has some of the Galliardia, and a Red Star Hibiscus coming up.
This pic has the plant that I always forget the name of.....like some kind of mental block.....Pen something. Also a Purple Sand Cherry, and some Salvia
Here is a pic of some concrete bowls and pots I have been making.
And finallly, a before and after shot of the laminate floor my wife and I put in.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures and I hope you are all doing well.
Happy Mothers Day!!! Here are some photos I took today. gotta get in the shower for work now :(
The Galliardia Goblins just about to pop in here.
Here is the current status of the giant flower box.....cant wait!!!!
Not sure much has changes with the Herb Garden,,,but here it is:
There it is....now off to work. Hope you are all doing well, and Happy Mothers Day to all you Mothers!!!
Today is the first day of my vacation....YEAH for vacations. Wife has to work 2 more days before she is off and then we are hitting the road for the weekend, and then coming back to put in a laminate floor in teh spare bedroom. I think it was supposed to rain all day today, but it only did this morning, so I was able to dabble outside and in the garage a bit. I just went out and took some pics and thought I would share.
This first one is the window box that I forgot in the last blog. I have some nasturtium seeds in the front of it, and as you can see a few petunias and some alyssum.
Next is one of the Clematis I put in last year. It just popped open yesterday.
Then the clematis at the other end of the fence....this one just popped open today.
Here is some alyssum that I put in the corner of my giant flower box while waiting for the zinnias to grow. The zinnas are growing quite well, and should provide color for all over very soon.
Here is one of the containers by the pompous grass. Should be very pretty when mature. Also have some nasturtium seeds in there with snapdragon, a spike, and celosia.
Here is a container that I am very excited about. It has some Galiardia Goblin that I broke off from the main plant in the garden along with some different ivy and some alyssum.
Just a shot of another corner with a purple sand cherry, some salvia, and I forget what that one is called between them.
And finally....the forest of Peonies..... and the girls.
Thanx for looking. Hope you are all doing well. ^v^
Well, today was absolutely gorgeous. I was at Lowes by 7:30, in the garden by 8, and stayed right there till about 4:30 with ten minutes to grab a bite to eat, and one or two trips to the bathroom. Here are some photos of whats going on in the garden and around that yard. I will tell you that whats going on in the house right now is that I am having a beer and just took two Ibuprophen, LOL.
Here is the latest pic of the "oil rig" -- I got the morning glory seeds planted under it today. Mostly the new exciting Picote Blue double morning glory that I found, but a few from last years seed....not sure if they are star of yelta, or heavenly blue....I guess I will be surprised.
I trimmed the gras since that pic....looks a lot better.
Here are a few before and afters of some beds I put in today. I planted some Larkspur and Giant Zinnias in the back of each of the new beds, and will fill the front up with Wave Petunias from the Master Gardeners Sale if all goes as planned.
Not sure if I will plant any grass at the front of them, or if I will take out whats there and put gravel....hmmm???
Here is a picture of the Peonys......getting HUGE. My wifes pride and glory since its one of the three things she planted in the yard. I put up that container hanging from the deck rail today, and put a few annuals in it, and some Nasturtium seed. I put Nasturtium everywhere today, and I hope some, if not all, of it does well. I love the stuff.
Here are some pics of some small areas I chopped some grass out and gave a border to in order to split off some Galiardia Goblins that I planted from seed last year. Last year, at the very end of the year, I got ONE flower.....this year the plants are all very healthy and I have split off four and transplanted else where. The main portion of the plant that is still in its original spot already has some big flower heads on it, so I am VERY excited about this.
There is one way down at the other end too! I put some Convulvus seeds in the front of these little beds, bush type morning glory. If they all do well, this will be quite a show.
Thats all for now. I also planted a boat load of other seeds today. I wrote them all down and where, and I am too lazy to go out to the garage and get the list right now. Hope you're all doing well, and I hope you all get a day with as beautiful weather, that you can do what ever you want......like I did today.
Oh, one last pic. I got this wooden container, and here it is filled with the annuals ( as I transported them ) I bought at Lowes and Walmart this morning. I built a shelf and put this under the garage window that faces the back yard. I was seriously too wiped out to take a pic of it in place. It too has a few petunias and some nasturtium seeds. I will get a pic up of that next time, but I just wanted to show you how pretty it looked just like this, as it did in the car ride home.
Oh, and ONE LAST THING....I was very excited to see several volunteer morning glories growing along the fence line where they were last year. Saved me from planting seeds there today. I am going to try to keep them thinner this year, and not have a Great Wall like I did last year...that kept too much sun from the flowering shrubs and perennials on the other side of the fence.
Thanx for looking, have a great day!! ^v^
Today started out a little bit cold, but I was determined to make my day off a successful gardening adventure. I bought some herbs and transplanted them into the pots for my new herb garden on the deck and also put a few in the ground. I also planted lettuce, spinach, cannas, gladiolus, zinnia and caladiums today too. Here are some pics.
This is the Herb garden on the deck.
Here are some left over herbs that I put in the ground next to my cold frame.
Here is an inside look of the coldframe. I have Vinca, Basil, Tomatoes, And Chives in there. They are all super tiny except the chives, which had a head start.
And finally a pretty pink Geranium that I got today.
Hope you are all doing well. ^v^
It was nice here in Northern Kentucky today, so I got to be outside....YEAH!
I painted this stand red, and got all the containers ready for an Herb Garden. This is on the deck, right outside the kitchen door, so my wife wont have to tell me to go way out back and pic some Basil when she needs it. There is a fountain that goes on the deck just to the right of this, and some other containers and such.....should be really pretty when stuff starts to grow.
Also added a few more containers to the new container garden area today. I got a few nice cherry tomatoe plants today, and put them in containers just for a few weeks till I am sure there wont be a frost. This way I can pull them in over night if I have to.
And here are some tulips that I brought in for my wife when she returned from out of town.
Hope you are all doing well. Have a great Easter. ^v^
Here it is, sans plant and flower life. Befores and afters, of course.
And a Tulip pic.....
Well, my first day off in six, and it rains!! So, I went to Lowes early and got some 2X4's to start my project. These are pictures of the center piece for my new container garden. I was going to but a $300 fountain for the center, but instead I made this for about $10 bucks. (Not including the sun and the pot on the top, which I had in the garage, but were great clearance deals themselves last fall )
It started with a little bitta this:
And then I added a dab of that.....
That got me to here......
And a little more this and that brought me to the finished project.....
Its a four sided trellis that should be engulfed in Morning Glories by mid-summer. I am going to add a little twine here and there for extra areas for it to crawl. This will sit in the center of my new container garden.....which I might post plans of today, since its crappy rainy, and I cant be out building it. I plan on putting a "spike" in the top pot of this which will give it some more hieght, and give it a living fountain effect. I love days off!!!
Well, I am soooooo bitten by the gardening bug, that I went out in the rain after work to snap a few pics. I have also been sketching out my plans for my container garden/fountain area that I am going to add in a few weeks, and I am very excited about that.
Here are some pictures of my make-shift cold frame. Again, no laughs please. I slapped this together from scrap wood in my garage, and am using clear drop cloth for the lid, but, ITS WORKING!! I have sprouts of basil and vinca already, not that I needed to start those out early in the cold frame, but those were things that I had plenty of seed for, incase it didnt work, and it was all waste. As soon as the weather is nicer, I will roll back the lid and show you the inside.
I painted last years sun flowers because the sun washed them out to pure white.
Here is a few pics of the purple sand cherry, and in teh background a few hyacinth that I havent clipped yet to bring in the house. My wife loves them, so I chop them as soon as they are ready for a vase on the table.
And, if you know me from last year, I take a pic of EVERYTHING with the garage in the background, so here is that pic...
And finally, some Mums that I put in this container late in the fall. I left them for dead, and didnt think they would survive the winter in the container, but they seem to be doing quite well. I plan on thinning these, and dressing up the container with a spike and maybe a litte seasonal color, so its not so drab until its time for the mums to bloom again.
Hope you are all doing well. ^v^
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