Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Vegtable Garden And More!!

Afternoon All. This weekend I'm out there again taking a little more of the "green stuff" away. I already  have a nice size raised Veggie Bed/Nursery but last year I noticed I needed more room for the squash and other vining plants. So I have made a new bed. And yes as always you always need more space-lol
This new  one is only 8 X 10, Jerry and I measured it out and placed poles so I new where to till the soil. We got "Big Red" out of the big shed and dusted it off and it started on the 2nd try!!! Jerry tilled the first row, but soon discovered his bad elbow and shoulders were taking a beating. So I glady stepped in.  I felt like "Tim Allen" more power. I had a great time (doesn't take much) rototilling the new garden area.
 When I was younger my father always had the best Vegetable gardens in the community and I know he was looking down giving me little tips yesterday :) Plus when I garden I'm always talking and thinking about him. I remember one time when he came over to our house and while  walking around I thought I would never hear him say, "Joyce, everything looks nice"  in his own kinda way but my Father and I had a connection to the gardens and we always talked  gardening that was his passion and now it is and will always be MINE.  Anyway- I got the tilling done and I only had 1 bag of Leaf-gro in the shed left so I threw that in until I can get to the store tomorrow. I swear as I used my "Hoe" I felt like a good Witch brewing up a stew the way the dirt just moved around in the garden. Now all I have to do is finish amending the soil and get a barrier for the deer and rabbits now that I'm on the ground level and then buy plants and I'm good to go!!

Here are a few other things I'd just like to share. Last year I put in a few new plants and wanted to share how they are doing. First off I wanted more spring color and I purchased just one of "Geum-Fireball Avens" (see photo)wow it's beautiful in the garden. Such a presence! A beautiful orange/yellow.
Next for the first time I put in "Allium Gigantica"(see photo) a beautiful magenta/purple globe flower. I'm in love with this one. And will purchase more this fall. Last year I also purchased (7) new hostas and all are doing well!! If you would like the names I will post. Also I just wanted to put a plug in for one of my favorite hostas "Sum and Substance" OMGosh this is a big fricking hosta. Mine is I think 3 or 4 years old and is now in the new hosta bed (See photo!)
Oh yeah, I almost forgot I'm down to (4) fish now!!! I have to put up the fishing line and just haven't, but I better if I want to keep my fish. And my beautiful frog (Herman) is back. (See Photo)
And I recommend  this awesome "TOOL" to help dig holes and break up the clay in some of the beds. I borrowed it from a friend. (See Photo)It is some kind of Auger that fits on the end of a drill. OMGosh, it makes digging a breeze and gardening!!!

So last Friday was a friends Birthday. She loves frogs so I made her a frog card. I had seen this punch idea somewhere on the Net so thanks. I added the inner tube around the frogs neck I couldn't get it around her body:) And we also went to this awesome Restaurant called "Brio" in Annapolis, I so recommend it. I'm still dreaming about my lunch!!! Go! You will return often :)

OK, I'll sign-out for now. And if you like my Blog please don't hesitate to post some comments.
Have a blessed week.. And "Happy Gardening everyone" I know I will. Peace Out!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cloudy with a chance of "Gazing Ball"!!

Wow, can't believe I haven't been here since April 2nd. So lots of things going on in my gardens. I just finished one of the new beds from the plan I had posted earlier. It's the Hosta area the pictures on the right. The photo on the Left is the already excisting bed and now it has an "Garden Entrance".
 I transplanted (7) hostas from around the yard that needed to be transfered. Here are there names:
"Sum and Substance" (1)-Light green HUGE
"Patriot"-(2)-Green w/white brim
"Guacamole" (1) Gift from a friend -Green w/pale green/yellow brim HUGE
"Wide Brim" (1) Med Green w/yellow brim
"Ernest Markem" (1)- green w/green brim
"And one name I forgot" (1) made ya smile
These are just a few of my collection in my gardens. I adore "Hostas"..... I can't wait to see them grow and fill-in this area. They are surrounding my pretty "White Hydrangea". .I'm taking an oath-" I will try and not plant anything else in there this year I will leave it alone" you read it here so I have to be true to my word!!! Maybe some annuals:)

Over the weekend I painted the "Garden Shed" beige (I know BORING) BUT I'm going to paint the trim a blue/violet and I will dress it up with some gingerbread molding of another color. And on one side I will paint a garden mural on there. I will post pics. when finished with that. The garden trells is painted and up. Just have to figure out what to grow there, still thinking!! This gets morning sun and dappled afternoon shade.
The other great things to look at this time of year of the "Ants on the Peonies".  This one is "Paula Faye" a beautiful single Herbeous Peony with beautiful bright Charteuse Pink with yellow center. I know it doesn't look that color yet but the buds are still pretty tight.

The other day I went out to the little pond  as always to give my fish some food and I didn't see anyone-ugh. On NO, not again this year. I thought "Oh Man" someone ate my darn fish, I knew I shouldn't have taken off the net and cleaned it. Well I stood there for awhile threw in the food and finally a couple came to the top,grabbed the food and took cover again.  I had 6 now I'm down to 5. And you know they took the biggest darn one. His name was "Big Gold" so you know they had a buffet meal with him. He was one of the original pond dwellers and now he's gone-"A moment of silence please".

So ok you say, their just fish, you look in their little fish eyes everyday and tell me you can just walk away and not care!!! Well for me I like taking care of stuff and I really get attached !!!! :)
OK with that said- off to petsmart :)

I could sit and here and upload spring flower photos forever. I love flowers and gardening. And my gardens will never be finished!!!
The other thing I'm working on today which I'm a little late on doing this is I'm making a little "Gnome Cottage" on a big rock for a friends birthday I will post a pic. when finished. House is still under construction!!!
So today we are finally getting a little rain and that's why I'm doing inside work and updating. Have a beautiful garden day and hope you come back to see me and what's happening in my Gardens. Peace Out...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Here's The Plan!!-Garden Spring 2010

Afternoon All!! A new garden season is amongst us. The sun is shining, the temperatures are up and staying there and I've got a "Plan in my Head". See What happens when you give me Sun!!

The other morning for some oddball reason found myself dreaming about garden changes in 2010. I immediately awoke with a plan to take away more grass, move stuff around and beautiful my little corner of the world. So with that in mind I went into the office and started drawing everything down on paper, so I wouldn't forget what I had seen in my dream! Sometimes if I don't jot stuff down then it's forgotten about. And I really liked this one. Here is the plan:

I'm always changing with and in my gardens. If I were finished the garden would be done and then what would I do? Pick-up another hobby, oh no that's dangerous. I already have to many to speak of !! Anyway, come spring my mind is all about the changes to the garden before it gets too hot to enjoy. I love to create...and every year I sit back and think what can I do different this year to make it enjoyable..Ok here's a pic. of the "Before"...I took these photos 7:00am so the shade is still on the garden. And the big tree doesn't have all it's leaves.

#1-Big Picture

#2-Trellis Area, this will be moved over to make the Entrance to the side garden. Yes, the trellis it will be Painted!!!

#3-This area is under the big tree which I'm enclosing to make a big Shade Perennial Area. I will be putting a "White Hydrangea" in this bed. I love white flowers in the shade. They really pop!

#4-And the other project this year is to actually have a concealed "Compost Area" for my garden and PAINT my little shed. I'm leaving the shed "Tan" with a bright color to accent, not quite sure yet, maybe purple, maybe pink? I want this area to be fun and up-lifting. Have more projects in head like using "windows" and "Seaglass" and fun stuff.

Ok, well this is my plan I will keep you posted on my progress with photos and thoughts. I moved the 10 big rocks yesterday-ugh, have more to move today plus trellis so if I don't shut-up and get moving it's gonna take longer and I'll lose the SUN. Plus I have eggs to dye!!!

*If you would like to see photos "Larger" just click photo!!*