garden pictures

garden pictures

I've been working on raised square foot beds for the last few days: I can't call what my yard has "dirt". More like clay laced with rocks. :) After bagging and hauling a cubic yard of dirt, building the boxes, filling them and planting them, I'm pretty worn out. It's been totally worth the effort, though: I can already tell these plants are going to rock compared to what I'm used to growing. Everything still needs a layer of mulch to prevent evaporation but everything is pretty much done, so I wanted to share with sympathetic ears. :) It's all herbs, vegetables, and flowers that butterflies like. I can't wait for the flowers to all bloom! backyard garden What I see out my back door. verbena flowerhead A verbena flowerhead: this thing is about as tall as I am! first peppers First peppers of the season: a 'fooled you' jalapeno (tastes like one but doesn't burn) and a 'senorita' jalapeno behind it. first tomato First tomato of the season: I found two more on the same plant a little later. It's a patio tomato. 'lemon' cucumber Lemon cucumber, which is growing several inches a day: hope it survives the impending heat! Sweet William, chrysanthemum, and lavender in a pot Sweet Williams, dwarf chrysanthemum (when they bloom they'll be purple), and a lavender still in a pot. herbs & veggies The herb & vegetable patch. Can you tell I like oregano? poppies and chrysanthemums California poppies and more dwarf chrysanthemums (I think). butterfly weed Butterfly weed. mint! Mint-o-rama! Apple mint, chocolate mint, orange mint, regular mint, and two kinds of spearmint. These are going into a separate raised bed with a perforated bottom so they don't take over the gardens (like the lemon balm did, OMG!). yarrow 'Paprika' Yarrow, 'Paprika' variety. butterfly garden Butterfly garden.
One big ol’ mix up of thrifties!

One big ol’ mix up of thrifties!

Just a few snaps of what’s blooming in my yard right now….

Just a few snaps of what’s blooming in my yard right now….

Terraece update

Terraece update

I conquered Ikea all by myself

I conquered Ikea all by myself

Pride of Barbados “dragon”

Pride of Barbados “dragon”

Seedling ID, aloe vera Qs

Seedling ID, aloe vera Qs