The sweet gum tree next to the house dropped a record number of spikey balls this year. Thank goodness we have a FLAT ROOF to catch them all. : ) A walk around the neighborhood revealed that ALL the sweet gum trees in the area produced their own record yield. What's up?
We don't have a HUGE garden, but the small spaces we use include this former flower bed turned cucumber patch. We also found room in a similar space for a family heirloom rhubarb plant started years ago from a 100-plus-year-old Soldier's Grove, Wisconsin plant.
My sister offered me some rocks from her acreage in Wisconsin and I decided to try them out around our small backyard garden. I like this "natural" look, so I'll pick up more the next time we're in the the Dairy State. The border looks great now, but my heirloom tomatoes are likely to get out of control in a couple of months.
Now that we've been here for four years, I've decided it's time we put up a flag. However, it's not as easy as you might think because I also have to replace the petrified rope. I plan to cut it, attach the new rope, and pull the new up and over. But, what happens if the old rope lets go of the new rope? I guess I'll find out. : )
I know it's a small achievement, but this is the first green pepper from our garden...ever. I tried several times when we lived in Los Angeles to no avail. I had given up on them. Even this year when I decided to give it another try, the little pepper plants were overwhelmed by space-hogging tomatoes.
Finally one little plant pushed up through the surrounding vegetation with great force late in the season. It's now about four feet tall and laden with little peppers. This was the first that was large enough to pick.
These hand-me-down irises found a new home between the fence and the flagpole. We always called the pink and red flowers "honey suckle," but I think they are actually columbine! They pop up here and there around the pool in "wild flower" fashion.
Check out the purple and yellow irises just a few days later!
We are well into summer and I'm really behind in my updates! And, a lot's been going on!
In May we planted a peonie that descends from a plant that belonged to my grandmother in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. Rabbits had whittled it down prior to transplanting, and survival was far from certain.
We chose to plant it in a large pot near the base of the spiral staircase that leads up to our "deck." As you can see below, the heirloom peonie was soon thriving. It hasn't blossomed yet, and may not do so this year, but we hope it will next year.
Spring is here, and my old friend Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) has returned with a vengeance. I hate the thought of using chemicals, but desperation has set in. I have an herbicide that indicates it will kill the culprit without napalming the lawn or maiming hapless wildlife or pets.
Charlie springs from the mint family and was thought to have medicinal properties in old Europe, but leaves only a bad taste in my mouth.