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Pianolady's Gardens

Not much, but BEANs!

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:27 pm

Plenty more to come, but this will do for a snack tomorrow! I had to look up what I ordered from Seed Savers, and I've got Provider and Royalty Purple Pod. I had some "holes" I filled in with Kentucky Wonder, so there'll be a few of those too later.

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Tomatoes Looking Good!

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:44 am

I've enjoyed only two cherry tomatoes so far...but the others are setting on well. Spent the last two days weeding the garden and using my wheelbarrow to drag some water back there for the beans. Hope to pick my first beans tomorrow. Have plans to make tons of spaghetti sauce and freeze it, along with freezing whole tomatoes of course.

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Overrun with Cherries

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:14 am

My husband picked up a 12' stepladder on craigslist so he could really get up into the cherry trees. So I manned the 6' ladder, and he the 12'. 84 pounds of pitted cherries later, I had to ask him to please stop picking cherries! My Norpro cherry pitter worked like a charm once again this year. Looking forward to a winter of cherry pies, crisps, sorbets?, cherries in cooking, cherry jam....need ideas!

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Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:15 am

What a crazy, busy day. Time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of not procrastinating. View from the deck, and the tree canopy overhead.

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Rain Just When I Needed It

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:49 pm

We worked ALL DAY weeding and renovating two berms yesterday, digging out the dogwood that died on me, and the wild tree that decided to grow in it's place. Replaced it with a Black Lace Elderberry. It looked interesting so I had to give it a try (berm on the left).

The berm on the right, we started all over with it. I divided some hostas from my hosta "farm", found a Mountain Fire Pieris (Pieris japonica) which claims it'll grow in the shade, we'll see. It doesn't show up in the pic due to the shade. Surrounded that with impatiens in a matching color. Will try to get some mulch on that today. Got it all edged too!

Got most the weeding done in the vegetable garden. Just a few places to touch up left to do. Re-tilled where I'd planted watermelon, decided I'd rather have more tomatoes! Found a bunch of heirloom varieties for $.75 at the hardware store.

After the long day of work, it rained last night, talk about perfect timing!

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Save me, save me!

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:34 pm

My front garden was invaded by various weeds that weren't too hard to pull after a rain. Just time consuming to follow the weeds to the roots and pull them out. But I uncovered a little rose that had been overrun by weeds. It might not be much, but was a pleasant surprise.

You can see the tiny rose with full size blooms in the background, maybe it'll do something better next year if I give it a little TLC. I'll never know what kind it is for sure (looking a little Chicago Peace-like to me), but the red one is Hot Cocoa.

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TGIF Bouquet

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:06 pm

I'm working a 2nd job this summer, but cut a deal to get off at noon every Friday so I can work outside weather permitting. Lucky me, weather permitted today! So I got the front garden weeded, planted a few annuals in the bald spots, and collected some flowers to bring inside. I'm going to like Fridays.

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Marmalade Skies

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:22 pm

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Everything's Rosy

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:32 pm

I have Dr. Huey's that continue to come back year after year. Guess I'll mark them and try to dig them out again this year.

My tried and true continue to come back year after year though.

Hot Cocoa

Marmalade Skies

Carefree Beauty

My Honey Dijon comes back well in my climate which surprises me, as does my Chicago Peace and all the varieties of Fairy roses. I have found the newer tea roses tend not to survive the winter here, so I quit buying them.

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Rainy Day

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:23 pm

Rained out again today. So I'm watching PBS and came across a show called Iowa Herbs. After that, I made an omelet with herbs from my garden tote herb garden. Yum. That triggered the idea to transfer the herbs to a bigger container and place it on the deck. So that's exactly what I did today! Transferred what I had, and bought a few new things. The larger pot will help a lot.

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