28 May 2012 3 Comments
16 Nov 2011 12 Comments
An Indiana garden blogger, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, hosts a “Bloom Day” each month and invites bloggers everywhere to share what’s blooming in their gardens; this is my first time to take part, and I’m a day late in posting.
Taking time to look….then look closer…..was time well spent for me~ thank you, Carol, for the inspiration and invitation!
A look (above) at a mixed container with tall
Russian Sage Mexican bush sage /Salvia leucantha. I like the natural upright, leggy look of it - this container isn’t showy, but I appreciate its honesty.
I didn’t include all my blooms – like the 5′ and still showy Mexican Petunias or the still going strong Plumbago. They’ll surely not be blooming for the next Bloom Day in December, but then again….around here one never knows.
11 Oct 2011 4 Comments
I’m eager to plant and create and enjoy in my gardens, but it’s difficult to decide on what to actually plant and where. I am frozen in indecision, annoyed with my lack of knowledge and newly dissatisfied with my home’s lot. Oh, and I want to move half of the fourty plantings put in just a short month ago.
When designing, it’s necessary to consider the task with a critical eye, right? What are the issues and limitations? I have this initial step down pat, I can see what is not working – lately this is ALL I see- the slopes, the hungry deer, the view of the neighbor’s driveway and on and on. This is where I’m stuck; I don’t have the tools to solve the problem; such as (A) I don’t have an inventory of solutions to consider because I’m an utter novice at gardening (and dare I say, landscape design), and (B) I don’t have an inspiration or clear vision to drive the process.
I fancy myself a problem solver, an idea person, and if NOTHING else- a girl with a vision….and definately a DIYer. In my garden currently, I find myself tugging at a new collar of confusion and scratching at this itchy cloak of cluelessness I wear. Urrrhh!
On the other hand, I was driving through a neighborhood (which also has a lot of deer) looking for inspiration – and realized that I can increasingly identify the more common plants and shrubs. So I have this going for me; I’m picking up the language – I can essentially ask where the bathroom is and say hello in a stiff formal way.
I AM very grateful for the sunset view from my front garden.
Gazing beyond my neighbor’s driveway…..
Oh, and this cyberspace nugget grabbed my attention~
Fertilizing plants makes them more tempting to deer- (“Like seasoning?” my hubby asked) especially nitrogen I read. Really?!
07 Oct 2011 2 Comments
Not to be outdone by RockRose’s night vision cam~ I’m finding that my better images are actually taken by the “bunny cam”. The only credit I can take is that I figured out the contraption that enables the rabbit to comfortably move around the garden with the camera; it’s part hat and part tiny harness. As you can imagine, this frees up time for me- and as you can see, I think he’s quite enjoying the creative outlet.
The deer are expanding their diet. I know it’s out of necessity. They decided that the deer resistant plants are, after all, irresistible. They ate any bloom and at least sampled most any type of leaf. A couple of examples~
I was particularly hopeful about Thryallis. I heard about it on a recent episode of Central Texas Gardner - deciduous (but may not drop all its leaves they said); grows in a mounded shape (!); blooms a country-yellow hue summer through fall. I was so excited!
I stood out front last night pitching to my husband the idea of fencing in our front garden. With our small lot, a courtyard front garden could be a good fit. I have considerable space that is empty with just mulch, and I’ve been watering these areas in anticipation of adding about thirty plants in the next few weeks, but I’m putting it on hold while we consider the fence. I need to get a bid and consider how the fence will affect my sunlight. So my next google image search will be for “xeric courtyard entry gardens”.