New Stuff in the Garden

I know I haven’t been posting much this summer. It has been a busy summer. My mom’s health hasn’t been that good, and also I finally got my little patio put it. I’ll take pictures of that later. I’m also going to get some real gates (I’ve had cattle gates for YEARS!) My good contractor Jay has been doing all this for me.

Here are some new things in the garden. I have reverted to putting things in pots again. Here’s a trio of pots.

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And here is the big plant a few weeks later:

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Here are some more potted plants:

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This begonia sits atop an oak stump. I haven’t had much luck here, but the begonia is doing great!

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Outside the fence I always look for plants that are deer resistant. I found this plant. And then I saw on Lori’s blog that she had a similar one and called it bee balm. Sure enough, I checked the label, and mine was bee balm too!

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Only one of my hydrangeas bloomed this year. I’m going to have to investigate and see if there’s a specific fertilizer that I need to put on them.

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My daisies are always pretty, but they are in the shade too much, and eventually they just fall over.

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The day lilies put on a good show this year. I’d like to get some more of them.

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And I had lots of oriental lilies all around my yard:

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One day I went to my local nursery looking for a few plants. They just didn’t have anything I wanted. So I stopped at Lowe’s (which I usually avoid) and they had some really pretty plants that were in good condition. I got two geraniums, and planted them in front of the blue salvia.

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And I got a really pretty heuchera. Once again, my garden is getting more and more shady, so I am turning this little bed into a shade bed.

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Here is something very interesting to me. I had a “Raspberry Dazzle” verbena from last summer. Because we had a mostly mild winter, it stayed alive. So I was super excited to see it bloom again. But it just sat there for the longest time. Just this week I went out and it was covered with blooms! Sometimes it pays to be patient in the garden.

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I just finished doing this. It was a big job. I’ve had ivy growing below this lace leaf Japanese maple almost as long as I had it. But this maple is fairly short, and I decided that the ivy detracted from it. So I spent several days pulling the ivy out. I am planning on getting some of my favorite corsican mint to plant underneath it.

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And to end, here’s a little chicken report. Did I already tell you that I got 8 baby chicks? What a mess! But finally they were old enough to move out to the big chicken house. All the literature warns that older hens can be quite hard on the baby chicks. So for a couple of weeks, they stayed in the big chicken house in their rabbit cage. And finally I took their rabbit cage out. They just didn’t know what to do with themselves! And they still haven’t gone outside. I’m not going to try to make them go out until they are ready. I don’t want any chicken massacres on my hands!

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What Happened in my Garden

Here’s what I saw when I drove up. This is that little wild rose just loaded down with blooms! I pruned it pretty severely this winter, but it does seem to be getting bigger and bigger!

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Here’s the garden with my roses, the canterbury bells, and a foxglove that managed to get in there. I even have a few delphiniums blooming there!

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A close-up:

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And this was a big surprise. One of my little trees is an azalea, and I was so surprised to see it blooming.

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I walked outside the yard to get this picture of my honeysuckle vine. I also pruned it pretty severely in the winter. It is huge, and I love when I walk outside in the evening and get a whiff of that beautiful perfume from them.

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And this is what the chickens do ANY TIME I walk by them. They are always certain that I am bringing them food or a treat. And usually, they are right 🙂

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This week its supposed to be in the 90’s all week, so I will be walking early in the morning, spending some time in the garden, giving Noah the big white dog a bath, and then spending the majority of time in the house rug hooking and quilting.

Someone Else’s Garden

I went to Cambria Pines Rug Camp again. It is one of my favorite places to go. Partly because it is fun to spend four days doing nothing but rug hooking, and partly because the grounds are so beautiful and the food is so good. The first day I took a walk in a back area. Even here, they have made a pretty landscape.

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I love the way they have hung hanging baskets all along this fence.

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This picture just makes me want to have more and more snapdragons!

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And this was such a pretty arrangement of succulents.

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I love these little bird houses with plants on top of them. This one is filled with succulents.

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And here’s what I did while I was at camp. This is a design I drew illustrating “The Parable of the Seeds” from the Bible. I even looked up “Israeli birds” and those are some birds that I found. They really are brilliant green! This is a simple pattern and I really had fun working on it.

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Cambria is very near to the sea, so the temperatures were moderate all week. I don’t think it ever got over 70 degrees. One of my nurse friends retired recently, and she was interested in rug hooking, so we went together–so fun!

While I was gone, the temps soared up by my house, so come back in a couple of days to see some of my own garden.

Columbines!

Columbines are such a wonderful flower. They come back year after year. And sometimes they send out seeds and multiply. Here are some of the columbines that are growing in my yard this year.

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This garden of mine is pretty big. And to be honest, most of the work I do out there is the work I have always done. But it just seems overwhelming this year. I go out probably four days a week and just choose one area to weed. When I get that area cleared I can go and buy a few plants at the nursery to fill in. Today I got some of my usuals: corsican mint (a ground cover that smells absolutely heavenly,) white sweet alyssum, and a “peach glow” lantana. I planted the lantana in a different place this year, with full sun, and am hoping that it will do better than the past few years.

Another plan I have is to allow certain areas to just go wild. In other words, I’m not going to prune the flowering almond and the bridal veil bush, and I am going to allow the violets and the fairy impatiens to have free range (except for a few areas 🙂 )

Last year my foxgloves needed to be replaced, and I chose to plant Canterbury bells instead. They are getting ready to bloom, and I am interested to see what they look like. Many of my roses are full of buds, but we’ve had a cold spell for a few days so they are taking their sweet time.

Progress in the Garden

Lots of new things popping up in the garden! I was so glad to see this heuchera coming to life again. It got kind of flattened by the snow.

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I got some bleeding hearts last year from Costco, and they were pretty small and insignificant. I was glad to see them coming up again this year, bigger and better.

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This is the Camperdown elm. Before it puts on its big leaves, it comes out with these little green “flowers.” It is so pretty.

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Close-up:

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I have oriental lilies popping up everywhere! They all look so big and strong. And of course, the violets make themselves at home wherever they please.

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Here’s the cherry tree. I took this at the wrong time of day, so its kind of dark. This tree is going to get some major pruning done on it this year!

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Close-up of the fluffy blooms:

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The flowering almond bush and the bridal veil bush.

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Most of the tulips and daffodils are fading away. These are some new daffodils I got this year. Very pretty!

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And some specialty tulips I bought this year too. Both of these are from John Scheepers.

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I love the way these violets arranged themselves, interspersing the large light violets with the smaller dark violets. Honestly, the violets are so pretty in the spring. But they can tend to take over the garden. I pot some up to give away to friends, and others I just treat as weeds.

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And that’s the garden report for this week. I have a new guy coming over to see if he can help. He advertises himself as only doing weed eating, but I think he might be able to help me with a little more.

Progress in the Garden

Now that the tulips are in full color, I thought I would take a few more pictures. Aren’t they pretty? And did I tell you that you can get 80 tulips for $38.00 when you buy one of their collections? These tulips are the pink and apricot impressions. That is the bridal veil bush in the background.

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I like the tulips when they close up at night and early in the morning. If its warm during the day they open way up.

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You can see I have a few hyacinths there. They are an apricot color. And although they have multiplied, they aren’t very big or robust.

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The front bed of tulips.

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And another close-up. I love the variegated colors on these.

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The camellia is doing well. The pink flower thief doesn’t seem so interested in them this year. Oh, you can see that log on its side? It used to be standing with the ivy on top of it. One day it just collapsed.  I’m waiting for it to dry out a bit so I can roll it out of there. I have more logs that I can bring in to put the ivy bowl back on.

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And my little trees are just starting to leaf out!

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This daffodil just started blooming. It is a medium sized daffodil that always has multiple blooms on one stem. Its called Thalia.

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And that’s the garden report for this week. I did find someone to come and repair my watering system–very excited about that. Every year a lot of the little sprinklers break off (probably due to Noah running around.)

Here Come the Tulips!

I took these pictures from my front door, because it was raining most of the day yesterday. Its so fun to see plants coming back to life everywhere in the garden. Here are some of the first tulips:

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I took this picture of part of the big Japanese maple, because it was so pretty with all the drops of water hanging from it:

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Remember the one daffodil I showed you that I said was supposed to have a red cup? Well, I got that a little wrong. The name is Chromacolor (from John Scheepers) and this is how they describe it: has a sparkling white perianth with an intense coral-pink cup. Funny thing, when it first bloomed, it had a yellow cup with a bit of green in it. But here they all are, blooming and looking so pretty:

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Another double daffodil:

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And aren’t these pretty this year? I think they’re grape hyacinths. I didn’t even remember planting so many of them in this bed.

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Well, I think I am going to take care of the garden myself this year. As my BF said, you have a mature garden. And so instead of paying for a gardener, I am buying new equipment. Today I bought a Stihl gas powered blower. It has a lot of power, but I do think there is an art to blowing stuff. I will have to practice a bit! I also bought a new staple gun, because I have to put new netting over the chickens yard. The snow brought it down this year. So as soon as my cold is over, I think I will be spending quite a bit of time outdoors!