Monday, June 14, 2010

Long overdue picture post!

Well, here I am, back to bring you photos!  I was too lazy to really caption them properly (quantity over quality today), but here is some proof that yes, I did have a (bit of a) life this past little while. These are mostly yard photos, starting with some before and afters!

Here are the raised beds of peas in early May.  In the middle there are 2 old rutabaga plants from the fall that I don't really know what I'm doing with. Ha ha ha! I figure they will die back at some point and I will have two huge (that is: normal-sized!!) rutabagas!
Well, I guess a month and a half of constant rain is good for something: here are the peas now!  We're finally adding some sun to the mix.  Oh, and that's garlic, too, by the bed in the back.

Peas growing along in the miserable weather . . .
Aha! Early results!

Here is our raised bed (made by the talented Quentin, thank you!) in early May with purple potatoes in their little ditch, and some sage, basil, a random eggplant, and marigolds.
The potatoes now! I know, they are going to go crazy and really I'm not even going to try to stop them.

Here is the tomato bed in early May!  Raised beds are "in" this year; didn't you know? :)  I got all my starts from the Master Gardeners, but of course! I got my beloved cherries, but Al convinced me to branch out (har har) and try Tami G (a grape), Stupice (just really good I guess), and someone else recommended the Beam's Yellow Pear as maybe sweeter than Sungold?!  If it's true, I am there!  Well, I am.  I planted them, so we'll see!

The tomatoes now! Yes, we got some expensive colorful cages because life should be fun every now and then!! I feel like our tomatoes are playing on a jungle gym. :)  A. wanted to see how the different shapes held up and compared.

And the last comparison: my spray-painted container pots in early May!  Spray-painting them was an excellent idea (pats self on back).  Anyway, here we have some seeds I started: mimulus, baby blue eyes (I think), marigolds, an eggplant, and another Super Sweet 100 tomato.  Because you cannot have too many cherry tomatoes.

Boiyoiiing!  Now they are full of foliage!

Future blueberries! We may actually have a little crop worth harvesting this year.
California poppy

Centauria Montana -- I think this plant is SO COOL.
I liked the color contrast of delphiniums against our Japanese maple!  I totally forget where the delphiniums came from and what type they are.
True geranium, Johnson's Blue!  Or is it Rozanne?  Well, it rules.  Not to be confused with that pesky houseplant pelargonium, which has been masquerading as a geranium for years! It's OK though, I like those, too.  Had them at my wedding!
The iris have exploded this year!! I got the rhizomes from some free box or other on the street, and last year they mostly just put out leaves.  I love iris, and love the way they smell, too!
Merry marigolds.  Grew these from seed I collected outside some church downtown! They are doing just as well as their religious relatives.
Mimulus, monkey flower!  Grew these from seed, and they each look a little different.  I need to take more photos to show the differences!
Here are some dianthus (pinks), which I would like to point out have survived, multiplied, and totally thrived since I planted my seeds here from the Shady Ave. garden in Pittsburgh! I have divided these into a bunch of clumps, now all over the yard.
Another Pittsburgh seed thriver: wild flax!  I love love love this stuff, and it's getting really big and obnoxious by our front door.  I have been re-clumping it around as well. The flowers last for MONTHS and are the best blue, and floppy and happy, too!  I say, the more obnoxious, the better. :)

Future raspberries! These are going nuts.  Woot!

Here is proof that we had one nice day in May!

So many roses, so little time (to do anything about the aphids, to care about the powdery mildew, to deadhead, etc. . . .) I'm convinced that my roses will survive anything (they've consistently done so), so I tend to abuse them a bit.  Sorry!  I did do a huge pruning this weekend, so now they're back to being bushes, not trees.


I made a REALLY GOOD lasagna!  It was my first time even making lasagna, and made me wonder why I'd never made it before. I guess those big noodles in the box just looked . . . intimidating. Or complicated.  I don't know why!  But seriously, you can't go wrong with noodles, cheese, cheese, cheese, sausage, and tomato sauce.  Anyway, now that the world of lasagna is open to me, I plan to make a lot more!!

Little Orphan Dog is wrapped in her scrap of cloth, shivering in the cold-- no no, it's just Moxie being all cute. :)

To cheer myself up, and celebrate some nice weather (finally!!), I put out this fun tablecloth I had bought at Cost Plus.  It looks so festive to me, like it's ready for a birthday party to take place around it!  It's saying, "Put the cake on me! Gather round! Sing! Open presents! Be merry! Don't forget the ice cream!" I actually bought it months ago, but was saving it for springy/summer weather.

And there you have it.