Archives for The Garden 2017

Harvest Time

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

The harvesting of peas and beans is happening.  Actually the peas are just about finished but all the varieties of beans are just starting.  I planted several types of beans and peas this year so I could document the growth and compare them. The purple pole beans grew really well, tall, lots of purple blooms, and lots of long purple beans.  When trimmed, cut and steamed they ended up being green.  Darn, I was looking forward to purple beans on my plate. The yellow Gold Rush beans also grew really well with lots of white flowers and plenty of long
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Be Hap-pea with Monk Peas

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

Monk peas have a fascinating story with them and are classified as heirloom seeds.  Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, discovered the basic principles of heredity.  after extensive studies and used peas most of the time because the offspring could be quickly and easily produced.  These seeds grow into dwarf plants with pink and white flowers and are perfect for making pea soup.  They were planted on May 14, 2017 and by May 19 they were sprouting. The pretty pink and white flowers started to appear by mid June and the small pea pods developed as the flowers finished. On July 12, with the
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The Promise of Tasty Veggies

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

  The month of July has arrived.  June broke all rainfall records as it just kept raining and raining and in between we had a few lovely sunny and warm days.  We all know we shouldn’t over water our plants but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature!  We are on the verge of being water logged! On my last garden update I shared the different garden areas and this time I’m sharing the kitchen gardens on my plant tables.  I love popping out the back door and just off the deck to pick the fresh veggies.  The plants
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Visiting the Gardens

Categories: The Garden 2017.

June is just about gone and it was a wet and wild month.  We have received more than the usual amount of rain for the month and there are still a few days to go.  The gardens are LUSH!  So many of the plants are bigger now than they were towards the end of last season when we had a drought. I name all my gardens and wanted to share some photos of them with you.  Frequently I just share various plants in each garden. First up is the windmill garden, one that I’ve been working on this year with
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Yellow Bloomers

Categories: The Garden 2017.

  The garden is amazing and there are so many different yellow blooms this week.  Who knew yellow came in so many different shades?  We had a few very hot and humid days and we’ve had some terrific short downpours of rain.  I think I’ve only had to water the veggies once or twice. The yellow honeysuckle vine is blooming.  I can’t get too close to get photos as the wren’s nest is among these branches and the young are hatched and busy being fed by the mom and pop. I”ve been able to move lots of plants from the
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Pressing the Hosta Leaves

Categories: Garden Projects and The Garden 2017.

The hosta leaves are amazing this year, perhaps due to the very wet spring we had.  This is the shady north facing hosta garden and already the hosta are overlapping each other.  Other plants that grow really well in this garden are bleeding hearts, lily of the valley, trillium and astilbe. I love all the different shades of greens mixed with creams and whites and all the different textures and patterns on them.  This year I decided to try using the flower press to save some. I’ve got two different flower presses, a traditional wood one and a clay microwave
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The Arrival of June

Categories: The Garden 2017.

That old saying of June is busting out all over is certainly true in the garden.  With the very wet spring we have had the plants are growing and growing and I can see that many will surpass the size they reached last year during the really dry spell we had.   But things could change. We had a gorgeous visitor to the gardens for a few days … an indigo bunting.  What a wonderful blue colour but he was sure elusive and always seemed to be at the back of the feeder or showed just a glimpse of his
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2sDay Blooms

Categories: 2sDay, Plants, and The Garden 2017.

2sDay Blooms May 30, 2017 It’s 2sDay and time for photos of 2 of the same thing. This week I have 2 photos of 2 different blooms in the garden. These deep purple tulips were planted a long time ago and haven’t bloomed for a few years.  It was lovely to see two blooms open this year. The mountain bluet spread quite a bit from last year and promises lots of blooms.  Here are the first 2 that opened a few days ago. With the nicer weather arriving I will be spending less time posting and more time out and
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The Tea Thyme Tree

Categories: Honeysuckle Garden, The Garden 2017, and Whimsy.

Last year in the honeysuckle garden I hung all sorts of tea bits and pieces when I was inspired after seeing something similar at the Saylor Cafe in Bloomfield.  In mid April of this year I started to hang the cups, jugs, mugs and pots for another year.  I also added the old bistro set that was in another part of the garden.  The legs are broken but I just hate throwing things away. Skip from April 14, 2017 to May 20, 2017 and this is what the area looks like now.   The honeysuckle shrub is no longer bare,
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Promising Growth

Categories: The Garden 2017.

Promising Growth and a Discovery! May 21, 2017 Regardless of the weather the gardens keep growing as May moves towards the end of the month.  There is lots of promising growth.   The gorgeous lilacs are blooming, transplanting is happening, lots of growth of all the plants, and the rhubarb is getting huge. One of the yuccas from the front garden didn’t look too healthy, probably because it bloomed last year and now new little plants will grow.  I moved it to a bit more sunnier location and while digging it I also dug up a lot of the root.  In
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