Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Plant Roundup

Before the heat of summer comes it's nice to know what was there before it's just a dry patch of land with nothing growing.  Fortunately most of these plants should make it for quite a while save the hyacinth and snow pea plants.
The weeds last year are what really made the garden survive last year and i plan to let even more grow this year in hopes of keeping the heat at bay and saving precious ground water.  The rain barrels are full and ready for whatever heat comes our way.  Already people are complaining about the heat, 82 degrees.  I don't know what they plan to do when it actually gets hot.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Returning Peppers

As usual every year some pepper plants come back up.  This time we have a really early sprouting and I'm sure we can be expecting quite a few from this plant this year.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rogue Herbs

Many herbs are self-seeding.  That means that you can plant them in one place, and have them pop up anywhere they please.  This can be outside of your flower beds.  We are getting ready to do a major early spring yard clean-up, ad we've found a couple of rogue herbs -- onne chives plant, and one fennel.  We're trying to let them get big enough to transplant into thier proper beds.

Steady Rain

We planted some new plants early this week and just in time it seems for a nice steady rain to help them take root.
Among the new arrivals are four lavender plants so we can hopefully get a bigger crop this summer and fall of flowers to make spindles and other lavender crafts from.  We also got some parsley, basil, two kinds of thyme, dill and sage.
We purchased some flowers and a climbing jasmine that aren't in the ground yet but they'll get there.  In the mean time they're all out enjoying the showers.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Golden Daffodils

I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
          That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
          When all at once I saw a crowd,
          A host, of golden daffodils;
         -- William Wordsworth, 1888, Completel Poetical Works

Wordsworth's poem is a celebration of solitude, of the simple joy that comes from visiting nature.  This is a similar feeling to what I get working in the garden.  But daffodils show up to grace my yard every spring, and they don't require any work at all.