Endless Summer

20140927_161426Finally bought the hydrangea type I’ve been lusting after for a year, and planted it in what I’m hoping is the perfect spot!  Yes the hosta planted near it (a long time ago, not by me) is looking a bit rough, but Yay look at my beautiful hydrangea. It’s an Endless Summer series The Original. Supposed to bloom spring through fall. I threw a bunch of pine needles in the hole and used some more to mulch around the top of the soil because I KNOW it’s going to be blooming pink, so I may as well start trying to change the soil to be more acidic so I can have big beautiful BLUE  blooms 🙂

I also planted about 120 little crocus bulbs (caroms?) But no pictures of those. I am super excited about them blooming in the spring in all the different areas of the yard.  Hoping the chipmunks don’t treat themselves to them first.

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Beautiful Blooms

Barbara Mitchell DayLily

I recently planted a Barbara Mitchell day lily in the front yard next to the telephone pole.  The other day it bloomed for the first time!  So far I’m pleased with this addition to the front yard, and can’t wait for it to fill out and I’ll be able to enjoy many more blooms years down the road.  Bonus: It is apparently a rebloomer so it should shoot off some more blooms late summer!

Garden Update

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The view from each end of my garden today, June 14, 2014. It’s looking pretty good! I’ve even had my first salad fresh from the garden just the other day… granted it lacked fresh tomatoes.  You’ll notice in spots on the South end of my garden I’ve put down some thick newspaper between rows.  It’s to hold in the moisture and keep out those blasted weeds!  So far it seems to be working great YAY LESS WEEDING!! 

Great Day To Work in the Garden!

Could you have a asked for a more beautiful day?? (At least here in NE Ohio) It was 70s and sunny with a slight breeze.  Though a chunk of my day was spent at work, I came straight home and went to my garden.  A few days ago I had planted romaine lettuce and arugula.  I had planted 3 typed of kale (Oh yes, my daughter and I are Kale Crazy!)  along with some onions before that.  Then last night I planted my broccoli, 4 different tomatoes, rosemary, lemon thyme, English thyme ,parsley, basil, chives, Stevia and an ever-bearing Strawberry.

So today I worked on filling the other half of the cinder block holes with topsoil, some weeding, finally remembered to plant my beans, and I fertilized/ watered.  I am waiting on some nasturtiums at work, and have a little mini bell pepper set aside to bring home to plant.  Other than some marigolds I plan to plant sporadically around in and around the garden, I am pretty much done planting!  I am pretty darn proud of my garden and can’t wait to eat from the yumminess it will reward me with.  If the bugs don’t eat all my plants first that is… something is already putting tiny holes in my leaves 😦

 

My Garden

My Garden

I am also super excited about my tomato variety! I have a Supersweet 100 Cherry variety that I have grown before, but I also have a Wapsipinicon Peach, a Black from Tula, and a Pineapple Tomato!  I’ll have to give the tomatoes their own post another time though 🙂

Also, still trying to figure out where to plant my 2 Ground Cherry plants as there is no room in my garden.  Anyone have any tips on where to best plant these little treasures?

 

 

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

*Why yes, I am a U2 fan.  No, I am not British, but I do enjoy throwing a good bloody around in a sentence to switch things up 🙂 *

Today capped off the first of 9 weeks that I get to work 7 days a week.  It wasn’t bad.  I came home from work and went straight out to my garden.  Although it’s more of a raised dirt pit than a garden at the moment, but that’s why I had to get to it!  It was a beautiful day so I got the shovel and hoe and broke up the soil my wonderful husband dug up with the skidsteer and dumped into my garden this week.  He was even nice enough to level it out (the skidsteer bucket left it in a nice mound) while I was at work yesterday.  This week after the 2 days of rain they are predicting (I’d get mad, but it is April after all) I plan on getting some Miracle Gro potting soil and some compost to be my top layer and then I can begin planting!  I am already super excited to plant my turnips,peas, onions, strawberries, and kale.  Next month I’ll be able to plant my tomatoes, peppers, beans, and marigolds.  It’s coming along!  Still waffling on growing some potatoes.  I suppose there’s always next year.  At least next year I’ll have one hopefully successful gardening year under my belt… ok that’s not completely fair to myself: I successfully grew vegetables and flowers in containers the last couple years!  It is nice to have a bigger space to work with though, and hopefully I won’t have to water as much! 😉

Any gardening tips from you pros are greatly appreciated!