I’ve been so busy sowing more seeds, harvest greens, and taking care of the greenhouse that I haven’t really taken the time to look around my beds to see what is perking up! I’ve also been watching all your gardens and I’m truly amazed at how beautiful they are! My beds are a mess! I’m not really great at bed or garden design, but I’m learning a lot by reading other blogs. Joy at GardenJoy4me has recently posted about her beds- they are just beautiful! Or how about Catherine at A Gardener in Progress, she has such beautiful things growing in her garden. And then there is Frances at FaireGarden her garden is really something and her pictures are stunning! And this is only the beginning of spring! I can hardly wait to see their gardens as we go through the year. These are only a few blogs that I visit regularly- there are probably close to 50! I can’t list them all, but if you too are looking for some inspiration don’t hesitate to visit these blogs along with the other great blogs in my blog roll at the bottom :)
Back to the growth going on here in my garden. I took a few shots today, not much but things are really growing fast.
Anemone and Bleeding Heart are doing well.
This Columbine (below left) was grown from seed about 7 years ago- About 3 years ago I pulled it up right in the middle of bloom and moved it and it still grows. Last year, however, it didn’t do well, but there were babies all around it. Why it took so long to self sow I don’t know, but I plan on rounding them up and grouping them this year, just in case the original doesn’t do well again. On the right is a huge patch of Coreopsis. I brought this plant home and we thought for sure it was going to die- it didn’t look good to start with. It was a rescue plant. Now it has taken over a huge spot in the bird area bed and I love the way it looks- now if I could just design the bed to look a little better- ‘Sigh’ in time, I suppose.
Here is the bird bed (left). The Coreopsis is right of the cut down cherry tree, you can just barely see it starting to grow. The daylilies in this bed are getting bigger, along with the grape hyacinth. You can’t see the top of the cut tree, but I plan on drilling some huge holes in the stump and planting some lobelia or something :). On the right is Johnson’s Blue Geranium.
The Filipendula is coming up. Not long after planting this, I kind of decided that I really don’t care for it- again garden design ;) The dark red Scabiosa is doing well, but I really need to move these- they were planted way too close!
Seedlings are doing well. The ‘Gold Nugget’ yellow, cherry tomato has been moved to the greenhouse and is doing great! I started some more the other day to go in a hanging bag, but it hasn’t germinated yet.
The crops in tunnel#1 are growing well. I think they really like the weather! The mound of growth in front of the tunnel is Oregano- very happy, it seems.
We finally got pictures of what we think is a Bushtit. We had purchased one of those cheap suet blocks and tie wrapped it to the squirrel feeder- no one liked it! Then a few weeks later these little guys show up- they are so cute!
And the first bouquet of the year- not much, but it was pretty!
Not too much going on in the garden, but it’s something. I have started a lot of seed recently, and some have germinated- I’ll post on those next time!
Here is a slide of the flowers above in bloom- hope you like it!