Friday, August 31, 2007
I still love the pink Cleome with the Zinnia - both are growing strong on this last day of August.
The Clematis Crimson Star finally bloomed! I planted it earlier this summer to grow up the garage trellis. Unfortunately I killed the one on the other side trying to remove a bastard weed that was growing along with it. Pink hedge roses are still blooming!
Are your flowers doing the Friday happy dance?? Happy Friday, my garden blogging buddies!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The picture below is from Coneflower and I'm 99.9% sure THIS is trash, thanks to reading Mr Brown Thumb's saving Coneflower seed post. Oh well, maybe next time.
In other gardening news, as soon as GB read about how I was killing all my plants she promptly delivered 24-30 new seedlings for me to kill. Is she crazy????? No, seriously, she brought me 24-30 new plants!!!!! She came over and made me demonstrate how I would dig up a plant to move using a big weed to check my technique. I've never been so careful with a weed! It sorta felt like when your math teach makes you go to the board. She also showed me the proper way to move a plant by moving my Coreopsis Rosa herself. We planted all the seedlings and I watered them really well after she left. As I sit here typing they are in my garden dying. No, I'm joking. I am committed to keeping these alive! As God is my witness, I will not kill these plants!
Monday, August 27, 2007
The picture above is the Cleome that I left in the same spot and below is the poor section of Cleome that I moved this morning. Somebody call a plant doctor!!I'm guessing this thing will die but I'll keep watering it and hope for the best. The Rudbeckia Goldilocks looks about as bad plus I completely broke one of the two stems on it.
One thing I'm noticing is that I suck at transplanting stuff. All the passalong plants have pretty much died. What am I doing wrong? I don't really have this problem with plants I buy.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I love these window boxes.More garden picturesI love these plantersAerial view of the gardenKitchen garden. The pots mostly contain heirloom tomatoes given to Garden Buddy by her father-in-law.
Strawberry pot with actual strawberrys!
Friday, August 24, 2007
I was not very impressed with this melon. BUMMER! On a scale of A+ to F with A+ being the awesome delicious Cantaloupe I harvested the other day and F being any gag reflex inducing Brussel Sprout my mother ever made me eat, I'd give this a B-. It could be that I made a mistake by harvesting it right after all the rain we've had over the last week. Maybe that made it less sweet?
I think I'll wait until the stem drys out before harvesting the other one. If it doesn't taste way better than this one I'll definitely choose another variety next year. I'll grow Watermelon again for sure because I love the way the leaves look, but I need way more flavor than this to justify what a space hog this plant is.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This past weekend it seemed like it rained for 40 days and 40 nights but it was actually only a couple of days.
As you may remember, there was water actually standing in my homemade cedar planter boxes that I had freshly planted with 3 different kinds of lettuce seeds. I just knew my lettuce was a goner, but look look! Man this stuff is growing like crazy after I removed the Bulls umbrella and exposed it to a few hours of sun. I was told by the CSA guy that I'd be eating fresh salad greens in 3 weeks and I did not believe him but after seeing this extreme growth I think he might be right!
I've noticed that my Zinna gets so tall that it kind of falls over. Take a look at the picture below. See how the pretty pink Zinnia looks like it's laying down? I love that! It's probably not so great for the plant but I think it's very cool looking. Does your Zinna lay down?
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Speaking of seeds, below is my attempt to protect my freshly planted lettuce seeds. Within 1 hour of planting them it started raining, and raining, and raining. At some point I looked out the back door and there was water standing in the planter boxes, so I drug this freebie umbrella out of the basement. I have no clue if flooding them will keep them from germinating but I'll be watching them closely over the next few days. Go Bulls!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I love Cleome!! I hope I can figure out how to save the seeds from these white ones above and the pink ones below. They are both way taller than I expected and I screwed up and planted them in from of shorter plants. I'll know better next year.
Blind Buddha - man that Silver Mound really grows fast!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Him: "Nothing, just sitting here."
Me: "I'm just now leaving work, sorry I'm later than I thought I'd be."
Him: "That's okay"...."i just killed a rabbit"
Him: "I just killed a rabbit"
Me: "WHAT HAPPENED????"
Him: "I ran over it with the lawn mower"
Me: "ARE YOU SURE???? HOW DO YOU KNOW?????"
Him: "I saw fur flying"....it was by that spot in the grass where we were looking."
Me: "YOU SAW FUR??? OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!"
Him: "Yes, and guts and body parts....it really freaked me out and I don't think I can go back out there."
It was almost dark when I got home but I could see fur in the 4 x 4 foot square of uncut grass. I have no idea what we are gonna do about this. Both of us are horrible with this kind of thing. He said the other babies ran back in the hole after the one was chopped up. I wish they would just go away.
Gardening tomorrow is not gonna be nearly as fun as I had originally thought...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Garden Buddy alerted me a while back that the City of Chicago was offering rain barrels to encourage water conservation and to help keep the sewers from getting clogged. This is a real problem in these parts - my basement flooded because of this the first weekend that we moved to this house. Anyway, GB is on vacation and today she picked one up for me and dropped it off in my backyard. GB - I love it when you are on vacation!
This is a horrible picture. I took it in the middle of a storm, at almost 8pm, with a flash, standing in the doorway so I wouldn't get wet. I could have waited for a better photo-op but I was so excited about it. Isn't this thing fabulous????? It seems way bigger than the ones I saw on the garden walk and it was only 40 bucks! The booklet that came with it suggested raising it on a platform and attaching soaker hoses to the spigot. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Torture deck = rain barrel platform?
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I didn't find this window trolling through alleys for junk. It was thrown out by the people right behind us and I saw it one afternoon pulling into my garage. After seeing how much trellises cost I've been keeping an eye out for cheap ones and the first thing I thought when I saw this old window was CHEAP TRELLIS.
I took the glass out, sanded it a little and painted it lime green. This picture doesn't really show just how lime the green window is but I love it! I thought the color would look nice against the other shades of green in front of it and against a couple of peoples' advice I planted a Sweet Autumn Clematis at the foot of it. In my defense, I read that I could cut the SAC down to around 6-12 inches above ground in the Spring to keep it more manageable. So, that's the plan.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Have you ever shopped for lumber? There is sooooooo much to choose from! We decided that there must be some system to the way it was organized but we couldn't figure it out so we just roamed around until we found what we needed. Her plan: build a 6 foot long 10 inch tall cedar planter box. My plan: build two 30 inch long 10 inch tall cedar planter boxes. After struggling to find a suitable cart we loaded our lumber then proceeded to roam around the store looking for various things like screws and potting soil. We were imagining that somebody somewhere was watching us driving the lumber cart around the store laughing at us but after lapping the store we eventually made it to the cutter guy. He wouldn't let me take a picture of him making the cuts "I don't think that's allowed in the store and I just don't want you to get in trouble". Whatever, dude!
After arriving home we set up a work bench on the patio table and got down to business. You should have seen us trying to get the first screw in. The screw was wobbling like crazy and I was laughing so hard I almost peed myself.
Afterward we hurriedly snapped a few pictures and I invited her in to cool off for a bit before heading home but she was concerned that she had left Mr. Garden Buddy home with the kids all day. It was 3pm and I didn't realize that neither of us had lunch. Heat and hypoglycemia are a bad combination! She ran for her car and I ran for the shower.
- We must have each burned our fingers at least 10 times from removing the pre-drilling screws that had become hot. We did it over and over and over again making me wonder if Pavlov's dog is smarter than us. It was the heat! We are both really smart - I swear!
- Conversation while trying to use my drill: GB "how do you know which way is reverse" Me: "I dunno"....next screw GB: "how do you know which way is reverse? my dads has a yellow thing" Me: "I dunno". We had this conversation at least 5 times. I still don't know! For some reason I have used this thing over and over and never even tried to figure it out. I just try it and if it doesn't work I assume it goes the other way.
I am so excited about my planter boxes! Check them out! They are a perfect fit for the aquarium stand! And isn't her long planter box awesome???
We had a good time today and we are already thinking of building benches next. We figure we are pros now.