I have to tell you this: I was in my garden shed today, and found some garden stuff I wanted to put out (I was actually looking for a sprinkler, which I did not find). I tossed out onto the grass, a resin turtle, a statue of St. Francis and this guy...a grey metal garden gnome. Roxie was out with me and when it hit the ground, she yelped. For the next 2 hours, she would walk around it sniffing, backing away, and barking her fool head off...like it was some kind of monster she was protecting us from. It was hysterical....
The best part of doing this garden picture-rama is seeing how much things have grown in just a weeks time! If I was really inspired, I'd post then and now pictures, but that sound like an awful lot of work. LOL And face it, I'm basically a lazy woman...
I want to start off with a picture of the Rose of Sharon that I dug up out of a ditch on our road last year and planted in the back yard. It has some flowers on it, and they are gorgeous. I didn't prune this one like I do my others...
Aren't these just gorgeous old fashioned flowers?
Then there are the big yellow lilies out front...
Hyssop..a beautiful medicinal herb
My yarrow bed
Red potatoes, flowering
Kennebecs and Irish cobblers, flowering (The tater plants are up to my hip...TALL!)
Those beloved butterbeans...growing up the teepees...
Snow peas...climbing string trellis
Lush green beans
Flowering garlic chives--elegant!
My STILL unstaked tomatoes...tomorrow...(I hope) lol
Uh...yes. I planted 2 more tomatoes today...Amish paste. :)
Peppers (and Okra at the far end) -did weed this today...
2 little eggplants
My little experimental celery...a wascally wabbit ATE the other one...
Bronze Romaine, black Seeded Simpson lettuces--ready for munching.
Onyums. Lots of them.
Beautiful Butternut Squashes
Georgia Jet sweet potatoes (jury's still out, though they are looking better)
Blackberries are loaded this year, but really needing rain...
Can you see how loaded this apple tree is? The deer are coming through nightly for snacks though, and eating fruit off the bottom b ranches...and we ran a racoon out of the tree one night.
Potted some new plants I got on sale today, starting with this little begonia
2 pots of stonecrop, a sedum variety
A big planter of 4 pots of coleus' (on sale-4/10 bucks) I couldn't resist
And finally, some more petunias to fill in the hanging baskets on the front porch. Didn't get that done today though...
There you have it, todays tour of the bloomin' idiots little paradise. lol
I made a trip to town this morning, kept the Irishman's truck so that I could haul the burning barrel I got down to my friends house. Spent a lovely morning with her, sitting among her flower beds and chatting. She's done a great job on her little yard...and I saw all kinds of flowers that I want now..lol...so the flower buying was all her fault !!! lol
Then I made a couple of stops in the forbidden zone (lol) ..Home Depot and The Farm Home store...ostensibly looking for whirligigs to scare critters out of my garden...but instead found 40% off sales, which forced me to buy flowers. lol I did find the Amish Paste Tomatoes tho--I got seeds for those from Baker Creek, and none of them germinated, so I was pretty psyched at finding those. And they were 40% off. WINNER !!!! lol
Finally winding my way home, I stopped and bought 4 huge bales of straw...to finish mulching AND for the chicken coop. They loaded them for me, so I only had to unload them once I got home. Not that heavy, just awkward. But I got my little garden wagon out and put the sides down and hauled 2 at a time to the back. I put 3 of them into the storage area under the coop and one over in the aisle by the sweet potatoes. Which are ready to be strawed. But did not get done. I did finally plant my 2 lemon grass plants, a sage and a rosemary too...sheesh !!
sigh...oh well...there's always tomorrow....