Sunday, May 25, 2014

May Growth

I went on a trip to San Diego recently, and in looking at the gardens realized that there are some things that I have put in my garden in the past that I did not do this year.
Last year I had a fuchsia in the hanging basket. We didn't get to see how it would grow because we gave its life in favor of some birds that nested in the pot. With my seagrass birdhouse/nest hanging above the pot this year, I could have tried again. I don't recall seeing any fuchsia at the garden store, and am thinking maybe the cold weather this year gave it a late start. I'm making this note to see if I can remind myself to try again next year.

Lobelia... I love the bright blue flowers. Again, none at the garden center.

So, let's see how the garden is doing this year...
The pots are looking great! of course, we've had rain and no super hot days. The super hots are the demise of the pots.

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LOVE how this urn turned out this year.
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Kitchen window border:
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Look at the yellow iris!
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I love this bed. Gets fuller every year! Working on getting the other one to look like this too - and fill in some of the blank spots ;-)
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Front bed:
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Foxgloves are playing games with me. I originally planted a white one, and added a pink. The white gave me 2 years, and the pink 1. I replaced the pink in the second year. Now I have no white, and the second year of the pink. I thought they were perennial, but maybe they are biennial?
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And look at what's on the lamp post!!
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Spring Pots

Some moments from the beginning of May...

It has taken a long time to stay warm this year. After I did my garden work in the middle of April, we had another freezing cycle. I tried to protect the basil:
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It didn't really work. So I planted a new one this past weekend.

I also got the pots planted up...
We've got them arranged differently this year. Put the urns on the step:
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and the little pots on the porch:
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excited to see how the Dahlia and Gerber do.

The hanging basket:
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I have hung a little grass birdhouse on the basket, and going to see if I can get the birds to use that for their nests instead of building on the pot preventing us from watering!

I had to replace everything in the urn. Turns out, the grass and ivy died because it was completely root-bound. Here's the new attempt:
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Of course, need a status for the other beds:
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herbs with a new basil...

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love this bed.

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This is almost the same photo... just a month earlier!

And my first windowsill arrangement:
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