Gardening Weekend

Posted by Brette in Gardening
By the deck

By the deck

Once a year we have a gardening weekend, when the beds get cleaned up, mulched and each year I plant some new things. I have about a 75% success rate it seems, but I keep trying. The butterfly bush I planted last year didn’t make it. Some flowers didn’t make it and the deer were after my tulips. The good news was the peonies we transplanted made it and some came up from the spot we moved them from, so we’ve moved those too. The apple trees were my biggest success from last year – both made it.

You may notice in the photos that the side of the house is a mess – we’re in the middle of having it re-sided.

I’ll post photos later in the season once everything is flowering.

The herb garden has some new additions this year. I planted lemon grass and watercress (I am doubtful that will make it, but I’m trying). I didn’t have to buy parsley this year – it came up itself. My oregano has always come up on its own, but not this year, so I had to buy some.

I’ve still got some problem areas. We had a bush in front of our front porch die so there’s a big gaping hole I need to fill and we’re slowly trying to fill in a giant oval shaped garden at the side of our front yard. It’s so big and the deer eat a lot from it.  We have a problem area along one line of our property where it was just horrible overgrown shrubs. We cleaned it out last year and this year planted two things there so maybe it will start to look decent soon.

Apple tree garden

Apple tree garden

Trumpet vine garden

Trumpet vine garden

 

Shed garden

Shed garden

 

Driveway garden

Driveway garden

 

Apple tree garden part 2

Apple tree garden part 2

 

Big bed we slowly add to each year

Big bed we slowly add to each year

 

Herb garden

Herb garden

 

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6 Responses

  • Pru says:

    Your garden is so big! What is the plant under the tree on the driveway – it is very pretty. Good luck with the new herbs – I have done very poorly with herbs of late.

    Have a great weekend – I believe you have a long weekend like we do too.

    Pru

  • Brette says:

    I don’t know what it’s called – it’s some kind of ground cover plant my dad dug up from his garden for us and it just spread. I can’t get it to go everywhere though. I did transplant some lilies of the valley over on the right side, but I’ve still got a big hole where nothing will grow.

  • You should replant parsley. (It only shoots through in spring to grow seeds.)

  • What a lot of space to play with. I have a patio where the only soil is where the dog “goes.” So I’m reduced to containers except for around the edges and in the front where we have desert-friendly plants. Like you, I’m constantly experimenting. Totaly different challenges in the high desert. BTW, parsley grows great year round here, and basil loves the summer but dies out in the winter.

  • Brette says:

    I have noticed that the climate is changing here. My grandfather (who was a farmer) used to say to never plant before June 1. Now I always get things in the ground by mid-May. We are also having drier summers, which means either more watering or rethinking what I plant. I can’t imagine trying to figure out what to grow in the desert! It would be such a change.

  • Awww… I love your little garden areas. I’ve got one area with flowers and herbs, and am contemplating another. We also have a huge bank where various things just grow wild and free. Some day maybe i’ll try to organize that and plant some stuff there.