Archive for May, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

Green Thumb Sunday


I missed last week so I took more pictures this week to make up for it!

Columbine that self seeded in my yard

I have a lot of columbine all over my yard this year.  The wind must have blown in the right direction from my neighbor’s yard.

My neighbor's Bearded Iris 

I get to enjoy a lot of plants from my neighbor.  She is very generous in sharing, but also many seem to spread over to our yard from her’s.  This bearded Iris is actually on her side of the fence.

honeysuckle that is by my front porch.

I love the scent of honeysuckle in the morning and I love the color of the blooms on this one.  Is it planted next to my front porch so I can enjoy it.

Sum and Substance hosta in front yard

This is Sum and Substance, a huge hosta that is in my front yard.  This year it can realy shine since we removed the fern that was taking over the bed it is in.  I can’t wait until it is completely unfurled.

lettuce from vegetable garden

I didn’t plant much in my vegetable garden this year.  I put in some lettuce for my bunnies (I am sure they will share some with me), I think they deserve it since they provide me with stuff for my compost pile. 

They keep calling for rain, but it has been disappointing so far.  Today it acted like there was going to be a good storm, but it only lasted for about 5 minutes.  I am hoping for a good rain so I can get some major weeding done much more easily. Maybe tomorrow…


Green Thumb Sunday

Green Thumb Sunday


It’s a Bleeding Heart day!

White bleeding Heart and pink Dutchman's Breeches

This is my white Bleeding heart and the Dutchman’s Breeches from the shade garden in my front yard.

pink Bleeding Heart

This bleeding heart is located in my back yard and the last 3 years it has gone crazy!  It self seeds and I have bleeding hearts popping up all over!

This week I was able to spend more time out in the yard.  I planted some lettuce adn carrots and also put in some potatoes.   I love growing potatoes!  I think they are so easy.  In the past I have bought seed potatoes from Pinetree Seeds (Yukon Gold, I love the description) and they have done well.   This year finances are a bit low and when I mentioned I was going to the feed store to get some, my sister pulled out a 5 pound bag she had bought at the grocery store that had started to sprout.  I figured what the heck, so we’ll see how they do.  I would like to pick up a few tomato plants to put in.

My neighbor gave me 2 azaleas that were in 1 gallon pots.  She said she took the pots off my patio last year because they looked dead.  She kept watering them and the azaleas came back.  I honestly don’t remember buying azaleas (we have several and I really don’t have room for more shrubs), but she insisted I take them back.  She helped me dig up an area in the shade garden where ferns were taking over and we planted them there along with some coral bells and Stella D’oros that were put in the one sunny spot.   I am very lucky to have Diane as a neighbor as she is a big help! I have a lot of plants that came from her.  She always reminds me not to thank her for the plants because they won’t grow if I do.  Has anyone else heard of that or any other gardening folklore?


White dogwood

light purple lilac

It’s been a hectic week (this is posted early) so I have not done much in the yard. Here is a white dogwood and one of the lilacs that is blooming this week.

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