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Category: my gargen pictorial | Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 3:23 pm
Here is the garden last week. It had just rained. There are a few irises out.
And here's the garden yesterday. I finally got the patch in the foreground stripped of grass. The plan is to dig up more grass and put in a path beside where it is tilled. No time line for that, as we can't decide what to use for the path: flagstone, bricks, cement squares.
There are quite a few more irises that have bloomed. I've got dark purple, medium purple, white, purple/gold, and one peach. I think there's blue ones yet to bloom. The lilacs on the left-hand side are Miss Kim Miniature Lilacs. There are four bushes there that we planted in 2003. They are just starting to come out and they smell wonderful. The rocks to the left of the patio opening are just there temporarily until I find a new place for them. Of course, in my life, temporary means they'll probably be there in September. LOL.
Here's a close up of an iris after the rain.
Here's the area that I stripped the grass from. To the right are miniature lilacs we got from friends. They were planted last fall and are doing fabulous.
For the peony fans, there are a few that look like they will be blooming soon.
Here's the iris bed last week. Not too many bloomers.
And yesterday. I don't remember there being so many of the purple/gold ones. It seemed last year that it was all purple, but perhaps they just took a little longer to flower. You can't see it, but there is also a light purple one that's low to the ground.
I've started a few zuke seed inside and they are starting to sprout. I'm also trying to start watermelons inside. Nothing on those seeds yet. And I'm also starting basil inside. I just love fresh basil. Yum. As for vegetables, I want to put in a little lettuce, a few tomato plants, and the zukes and watermelons. I'm not expecting much from the watermelons, but it will be fun to see what happens.
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She flew the coop
Category: robin's egg blue | Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 2:55 pm
Mama bird has flown the coop. I checked on Saturday, and there was one little peep and three eggs. Checked again on Sunday, and the count was 2-2. I went out this morning, camera in hand, and found...
Nothing. Wait, not nothing. There was one feather. But that was all. No Mama. No peeps. No shells. Just an empty nest. I guess she didn't like her privacy being invaded so much. Oh well. I can only hope she would have moved her family whether we watched her or not, having built her nest so close to the garage and driveway.
So that ends this blog. Thanks for reading.
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still just eggs
Category: robin's egg blue | Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 1:17 pm
Nothing new on the eggs. I took a picture yesterday, but it looks just like all the rest. I'm not sure if Mama Bird is getting used to us, but she is flying off less and less. Only when we get too close. We're tyring to give her a wide berth.
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oooh. more irises
Category: my gargen pictorial | Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 1:16 pm
I now have about a dozen irises around the smoke tree. It's raining now, so I haven't taken a picture. I'll get one as soon as it stops raining. I also have two open in the big garden. One of them is a Pope. I'm not sure of the story behind it, but it is from my husband's uncle. The flowers are much larger than the other irises. I have them in white and blue.
Also, my miniature lilacs that we transplanted from my inlaw's house last fall are starting to bloom.
And the weeds continue to prosper as well. Pictures after the rain, I promise.
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a little mamma is going to have babies
Category: robin's egg blue | Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:23 am
I was washing the car on Saturday, and every time I went into the garage, a bird flew out of the rhododendron bush beside the garage door. It took me a while before I got curious. Sure enough, there was a nest with four precious blue eggs. I took photos the past three days and hope to keep snapping them until the little guys fly away. Or until the mama robin pecks my eyes out. Lol.
Obviously, it is going to be a little boring until something happens, but I had all the pics, so I posted them.
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my first iris!
Category: my gargen pictorial | Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:18 am
Saturday I got a very pleasant surprise to find one of the irises open. As of today, it's the only one, but there are a few more out there getting ready to pop. This is from today:
The open iris is on the right-hand side. Looking back, those flowers have really come a long way since March. I hope the pictures will do the garden justice when all of them are open. It's just beautiful.
The main garden continues to grow. I'm trying to get out there every few days to pull weeds. So many weeds. There are black-eyed susans growing between the cracks in the stones in the patio. They are a bugger to pull as the stones are only 1/4" apart. Any suggestions on what to use to kill them? They can't grow or you won't be able to use the patio. I've used vinegar and boiling water in the past. Both work well. I hate to use anything chemical for fear it would harm what I don't want to kill. Here's the latest picture from Saturday:
Here's a recent photo of the peonies. Nothing popping there yet:
We were forecasted to get a frost last night. Thankfully we didn't. Of course as DH pointed out, the weathermen put every county in our half of the state on frost watch so they'd look like heroes when only 2 square miles on the top of a hill got frosted. Lol.
I'm going to start my second blog. We got a little surprise over the weekend.
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Category: my gargen pictorial | Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 8:56 pm
April was a very busy month with very little getting done. Everyone in the house was sick and to the doctor's office at least once. A lot of things didn't get done, including my pledge to post the progress of my garden. But inspite of me, my garden has prospered.
Please check out the pictures while I go stand in the corner as punishment. LOL.
This is obviously the garden during our early April snowfest. We were to have mulch delivered and spread that day. Gee. I wonder why we didn't.
Here is on the 16th after we got the mulch down. It was raining that day. The yellow daffodils are just about done.
Here we are on the 26th. The white daffodils are now out. The small green blob to the left of the daffodils to the left of the tree are my peonies.
And here we are today. The peonies are about 2 feet tall. Check out the tree leaves! There's not much bare space, as a lot of other plants, including weeds are coming out.
Here's the iris bed in snow. Bleh.
And here's the iris bed today. I don't know if you can see the flowers -- not sure what the head is called in this stage. My BIL who lives a few miles away said his irises aren't out as much as mine. I'll attribute it to the mulch.
Okay, can I come out of the corner now? Now that I spent an hour relearning how to resize and upload photos, I'm hoping I won't take so long to post again.
I was at the garden center today to buy zucchini seeds and saw peony baskets. I'd never seen them before. Has anyone ever used them? Similar to a tomato basket but wider. Makes sense. I usually use fishing line to hold mine up. I love peonies, but I can't stand the ants that love them too. I'll be starting my zukes inside. Not sure what else I'll plant. My DS brought home two pea plants that he started from seed in science class, so those will find a special place in my garden. This child hates peas, but he's looking forward to eating these peas. LOL. Kids are so funny!
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