Sunday, June 18, 2017

Garden update

No pictures, because I couldn't be bothered.

The clematis continues to wilt in weird spots. Maybe it doesn't like being by the a/c? I really need a better vine to go here. The pond has developed algae, but the pond plants are happy. I put in more mosquito bits. Now that the squirrels and chipmunks have eaten everything they were interested in in the big garden, I weeded, planted more nasturtiums, morning glories, and then a section of anemones and mini gladiolas by the steps. I was going to spray with my new deer/rabbit spray, hoping it would affect squirrels and chipmunks, but of course the spray thingy broke. So I sprinkled it instead.

I took off the wire from the mini rose and basil, hoping the spray will work. I need to deadhead the pansies more... the purple calla has bloomed. I still need something to hang the hose on. Something is eating the morning glories (and everything else). Leaf hoppers? I haven't seen any though. Fireflies? Elm beetles? I didn't think those ate plants. I haven't seen any slugs.

I planted the last dahlia outside. The one with a broken stem has sprouted a new stalk, which is good. The tomato is still depressed, but I've gotten some peas. The zinnias are sprouting well. My two new dahlia pots were impossible to poke holes in - I kind of got some in one, but gave up on the other. So I just put rocks in the bottom and called it good. Well, now it's soggy. I mean, there's several inches of water in it. The last storm was a little too heavy.

I planted my new tuberose inside. Everything smells like rotten fish, but I am assured the smell will go away.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Garden update

Pond doing well. Can see the reflection of the wall in the pool.

This four o'clock is going well, but I need to weed a bit more groundcover

Hard to see through the wire, but the clematis is growing well even if it's spindly. Why do other people have nice bushy clematis? I'm planting something else next year. 

Need to weed more so the four o'clock can breathe

I had to replant these because the squirrel kept JUMPING on it. No, I am not kidding.

Cleaning out this section for tulip bulbs and nasturtiums. I'm going to transplant the tulips. I think I might want to dig the wire enclosures a little deeper.

Got rid of the last of the chicken wire. It looks awful now, but at least I can weed it and get the morning glories going and plant some more nasturtiums.

The morning glories did not appreciate being uprooted

Neither did the peas. But it had to be done.

My one nasturtium

Best calla!

These I grew from seed

Just one of my pots of zinnia seedlings

The tomato is not doing well. I don't think it appreciated having to share its pot with the peas.

The sprout on the side is a dahlia. Which is growing very, very, very slowly. So I let the other things stay in the pot. I'm not really sure what they are. I thought morning glory, but now they look more like four o'clocks...

This is my only dahlia that has shot up to reasonable height. Something is eating it and some of its leaves are yellowing. Not enough water? Too much sun? I dunno.

This is the 2nd year I've had the raspberry. Now I'm wondering if I should have cut it back farther. It exploded into bushiness and put out a lot of flowers, but there's nothing really to pollinate them and now it's yellowing. I have no idea what THAT's about.

This dahlia's stem broke while it was being transplanted. Will it grow another stem? I don't know.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

In which I improve the pond and take some panorama shots of the garden as well as some shots of the invasive ground elder or Aegopodium Podagraria

Seeing the squirrel getting a drink gave me an idea - now it's a birdbath!

Thanks to many libraries I identified my invasive and annoying groundcover as ground elder or Aegopodium Podagraria

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

First garden report of summer

In my world, summer starts the day after Memorial Day because A. that's when summer reading registration starts and B. that's the signal for my town to be overrun with tourists and me to hide in my apartment and garden until fall. 

It's been chilly so the garden is a bit behind, but I had some good callas going, not quite colored yet.

Hmm. Mulling over the pond. So I emptied and cleaned it and reorganizing it but the question it - exactly how deep is my pot of water plants supposed to be? Should the trailing bits be in the water or outside? If my little pump/fountain only works in direct sunlight (i.e. 30 minutes in the morning and late afternoon) will the plants die and mosquitoes take over the world? (I do have mosquito bits to put in the water but I got two bites, at least one known mosquito bite and one unknown itchy spot so...)

This clematis is pitiful. I need a more vigorous viney thing.

Callas in bloom!

Chives in bloom

Dahlias still pretty small - it's been too cold for them to really grow. That or I accidentally bought small ones. That's possible.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Updated Garden To-Do List for Summer

Feeding Stations at Four-O'Clocks

  • If squirrels dig up the four o'clock seedlings, I will need to start more. I have plenty of seeds. And quite a bit of ire left as well.
  • water feature - I need a water plant or two. I'm not sure there is enough light for the solar-powered pump here.
Monet's Vine Garden
  • Strip off wire, rake, hoe, weed
  • Plant and transplant tulips. Put wire around them. (left side is for tulips)
  • Morning glories are already coming up. Plant nasturtiums.
Herb and Flower Garden
  • Remove chicken wire. Plant more seeds or plants?
  • Put wire around pots.
  • Figure out storage for hose.
Dahlia Forest
  • Need dirt - waiting for Sara.
  • Plant the rest of the dahlias, tomato cage and wire.
  • Plant African daisy when I find one and zinnia seeds.
  • Stake raspberry as it grows as needed.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

After the storm

The view out my bedroom after the window. That's not a tree, it's a giant branch.

I noticed these last night while I was gardening. I must have planted them, but I have no idea what they are. They're more violet and soft pink, but that didn't show on the camera.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A day of gardening

My tulips are so beautiful.

I planted the clematis and put wire around it. Planted all the four o'clocks and put tomato cages around them, weeded as well. I might have to replant if the squirrels rip them up though.

And I finally filled the hummingbird feeder

More hidden four o'clocks

Four o'clocks in four spots. The bare cement is for the water feature.

I do love my tulips...

Raspberry is growing well, tomato planted with peas, biggest dahlia transplanted from indoors. I waited too long - if they're too big when you transplant them they go all limp and drop leaves and stems and generally act like drama llamas.

In progress. Messy.

Callas and strawberries and other planting things...

Making sure I'm not encroaching on the grass. My landlord doesn't like that (although I personally hate lawns)

Pause for a long trip to Home Depot

I bought a planet for my water feature. It's hard to see, but the solar-powered fountain is in there. I am not saying where I got the rocks from. *looks innocent* The peas are transplanted and will hopefully grow faster than the squirrels and rabbits can rip them up. The solar panel is at the top of the trellis. I hope it will get enough sun, but I'm a little doubtful. I might have to reorganize it a couple times (yes, I duct taped it on there) so it gets enough sun to power it for the whole day. Maybe it will be ok if it just runs a little in the early morning and late afternoon? Because that's the only time there's sun.

Hi tulips. You still look pretty.

This is still a mess. I dunno exactly what I'm doing, but I need to figure out what I'm doing with the hose tomorrow, since the landscaper comes on Monday.

Planting more dahlias and moving pots around.