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Grass Lawns

I hate them.  There I said it and it’s out and I’m not going to apologize for secretly wishing more of our lawn would burn from this heat/no rain combination so I could plant a healthy, native ground cover.  Instead I’m outside watering the front lawn in hopes that it will be saved and a potential buyer hooked at its lush, green, good looks.  Yuck!


Favorite Rose

And I don’t have a clue what it is… one of the many  inherited, unidentifiable plants on our property.  It rambles about like an old cottage rose.  It has the sweetest fragrance like the old fashioned rose water for a ladies toilette.  It grows off of old wood and the only thing I’ve ever done to it was cut off the dead wood.  It is truly fabulous… I wish I could take it with me when we leave.


How Does the Garden Grow?

All four raised beds are completed (minus trellis on two) and planted.

1. Thyme, 2. Sweet Basil or Slug Buffet, 3. Greek Oregano, 4. Curry, 5. French Tarragon, 6. Marjoram, 7. Cilantro/Coriander, 8. Sage, 9. Lavender, 10. Spearmint, 11. Chives, 12. Raspberry, 13. Raspberry, 14. Ichiban Eggplant, 15. Butternut Squash, 16. Zuchinni, 17. Cucumbers, 18. Red Cabbage, 19. Volunteer Ghost Pumpkins, 20. First Tomatoe, 21. First Pepper, 22. French Breakfast Radishes and Mesclun Mix, 23. Bush Green Beans and Sugar Snaps, 24. Beets, 25. Corn, 26. Potatoe Grave, 27. Lilium ‘Naomi’ Asiatic Lily, 28. Lychnis haageana ‘Molten Lava’, 29. Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, 30. Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Tequila Sunrise’ Tickseed, 31. Echinacea purpurea, 32. Daylily, 33. Lychnis coronaria ‘Rose Campion’, 34. Stachys bysantin ‘Silver Carpet’ Lamb’s Ear, 35. Rambler, 36. Iris siberica


Plant or Bust

This weekend is it… if I don’t plant we’re not having a vegetable garden.  Period.  It seems like this planting year is getting away from me even with my best laid plans.  I know having the house up for sale had me working more on the flower beds for curb appeal, but we’re still here and need that vegetable garden.  Geesh.  I’m so mad for letting it get this far behind.  Any suggestions for zone 5/6?


Outdoor Projects

Raised beds:  Two down – three to go.

Digging out grass around the apple trees:  One down – one to go.

Pulling grass out of the periwinkle (vinca) beds:  A never ending battle.

And of course where we play when we don’t feel like working:


Kitchen Herb Garden

As you can see – from left to right – the Oregano, Tarragon and Chives came back just fine this year.  However there has been some mysterious problem with my Thyme.  See that tiny patch of green in front of the right side of the Tarragon – that’s the Thyme… it used to be covering the whole spot in front of it… I suspect our family of moles to be the problem.  Also, I trimmed back the Lavender (the woody stuff between the Oregano and clay pot) and the growth is intermittent.  Not sure what happened there… time will tell.  Now the Spearmint (in the pot) is making a come back, which is a good thing.  I’m thinking I might just throw caution to the wind and plant it this year.  What you can’t see in this picture because it’s out of frame on the right is the Sage that is doing really well and the tiny Cilantro (reseeded) that I’m nursing along.  I think I may move the Borage I noticed growing back in the upper garden to this kitchen herb garden instead to help fill in the spaces.  I still have some other herbs I’d like to plant here too including Rosemary, Basil, Dill, Marjoram, and Nasturtium.  And don’t mind the weeds… I haven’t really worked on that here – yet.  I think that may be my weekend project.


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