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Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Variety

The peas from my garden tasted so good but they take up too much of my space growing them for what I get!

See that little bit of green in the mulch?  Coco has been enjoying my kale!  The cabbage butterflies have been at it so I don't mind if she wants to eat those holy leaves!

We bought three of these picnic covers to put over the kale to keep both the cabbage moths and Coco out.  This was not my idea but I can't remember where I saw it.

Getting a few tomatoes from my front porch pots!  Have one sun gold plant and one patio tomato plant.

Getting a few pretty blossoms on my Morning Glory.  Wishing there were more!

I was so surprised and excited to see this beautiful light pink rose blooming on the David Austin Climbing rose bush we just planted a short time ago!

We planted another rose bush at the corner of the house in the courtyard this morning.  I wonder how many more plants I can squeeze into my little courtyard yet !!?!  

I have frozen three batches of pesto from my basil so far.  I tried putting it an ice cube tray but it was so hard to get out.  Tried parchment paper and it works much better!  I love it on my sandwiches.

My zucchini is growing out of the cage in the large pot.  I don't think it will get pollinated so will have to learn how to hand pollinate it I am thinking.  Loving the wonderful weather we are having.  Thanks for visiting and hope your gardens are a success!  Would love if you feel like leaving a comment!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Strawberries, etc.

We did up six of these buckets of strawberries.  We did not pick them!  Too young for that type of work!! Some went in the freezer with sugar for eating or strawberry shortcake and would be good on ice cream!  Some went in the dehydrator for putting on my oatmeal in the mornings!

"Wonderful Gardener" always helps me!

Our friends, Debbie and Mark, brought this beautiful pink lily to me.  I think they knew I love pink!

The piano tuner came to tune my piano.  It went through two moves but seems to be just fine.

Strawberries sliced in the dehydrator ready to be dehydrated!

My rosebush in the shady alcove is bravely blooming!

Trying to protect my zucchini in the pot from Coco!

Hoping these bush cucumbers will produce some lovely cucumbers for our salads!  Would love to have enough to freeze up some dill pickles but doubt if there will be enough.

My one Roma tomato plant in the courtyard!

There are sugar peas on these vines growing up the strings on the potting bench.  I should be picking them but keep forgetting to do it when I make my salads!!

A lily I put in the courtyard.  Hemerocallis 'Daring Deception'.

The first blossoms on my sweet pepper turned tan and died.  Boo Hoo!!  I googled why and there were a number of reasons that could be the reason.  Hoping I can coax it to produce!

This pot of beans kept up on the potting bench from Coco looks amazing!  Hoping I will be picking lots of beans from it.

Two sun gold tomatoes ripe on the front porch.  We ate them in our salads today!

Picked a little chocolate mint and hung to dry.  Need to get busy picking herbs and drying them!

My attempt at making pesto with my basil!  Is this what it is suppose to look like?!?!?!  I spread some on my sandwich and I guess it tasted okay!  Happy to have you visit and I hope you enjoyed your stay!  Enjoy all your fresh veggies this summer!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Summer has Arrived!

Summer has arrived and Gracie, Melissa and Cali are enjoying the pool here.  It is a heated pool but still a little chilly yet.

My peas are getting lots of blossoms on them now.

What is wrong with my beans????  They get wrinkly, turn tan and then shrivel up and die!!!!!  I am not liking that!  I have to grow some beans to freeze for Coco to eat this winter!

A couple of my basil have shriveled up and died also.

I froze a small amount of  extra Kale for smoothies.  Don't laugh at how little I have because remember,  I am just a courtyard gardener!  Hoping to have more later this summer.

 Roma tomato is doing well so far in the self-watering box.

A view of the gardens on the cement patio!

A flower in bloom on the rosebush under the alcove that I thought wouldn't live!!  It has other buds on it too!  Hard to believe!  Didn't get watered all winter and hardly any sun!

We planted our David Austin climbing rose bush on the other side and it is growing!!!!  I am looking forward to having the arbor covered in pink roses!   Thank you for your visits and comments!  Have a wonderful week of gardening!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weekly Report

Does anyone else have a cookbook that looks as battered as this one?!  I received it 57 years ago and I would not part with it!

Our David Austin climbing rose bush arrived and we managed to get it planted last night.  I sure hope it grows well!  I think the roses will be a light pink.

I love this color pink and would have preferred my climbing rose bush to be more this shade but we were lucky to get what we got!

The sweet pepper plant seems to be doing well except for a couple little spots on the leaves.  I did spray it with neem.

This is the yard long bean plant that Chris Fisher gave me the seed for two or three years ago.  I am so happy it is still living.  It is in a 5 gallon pail and what you see around it is cardboard as I am trying to keep Coco from pulling it out and eating the leaves.  I will be heartbroken if she does!!!!!!!

In this five gallon pail is a little snap pole bean plant that I just transplanted today.  Again the cardboard in back of it and a couple pots of basil is in front of it to try to keep you know who from destroying it!

A Morning Glory plant growing up the obelisk Carol Lambe gave me years ago.  It has a little discoloration on the leaves but the next time I use Neem I will squirt some on and see if it helps.  If it continues to get the bad spots before I spray the Neem I will have to do something sooner.  "Wonderful Gardener" was not too keen on keeping the Obelisk as it looks kind of bad and needs painting but I was not ready to part with it.  Besides it gives the rustic look to my yard  and when the Morning Glory covers it and blooms I think it will be pretty.  Can't wait!

The sugar peas are bravely trying to climb my string!

We found a small water fountain and thought it fit in with our yard.  I love to hear the sound of water running when out there.

What do you think?  Would this pot be large enough to grow some potatoes in next year??  Well, this is it for this week!  Please leave a comment and have a super-duper day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lot's to Share

Grab a cup of tea and pull up a chair!  Lots going on in the courtyard.  Here is what I planted around the sundial!

A little path going to the arbor and we put in the flowers on each side.  Hoping Coco doesn't run through them and ruin a plant.

Plants on the ladder to the left of the arbor with the rose bush they put in the corner and the lemon thyme I planted by the edge of the arbor.  I thought this wasn't the ideal growing condition so took a chance and put the lemon thyme in the ground hoping it won't take over!

Flowers potted up on the chairs in the arbor.  Not sure if eventually something will take the place of the bird house but for now it is left there!  "Wonderful Gardener" and I don't always think alike!  For the right side of the arbor we have ordered a David Austin Climbing Rose Bush.

On the right side of the arbor is a plant in a wheelbarrow that my friend gave me a few years ago  Her husband made it and I love it  In the corner is a bleeding heart that takes shade.  It said on the tag Bleeding Heart 'King of Hearts' (Dicentra Hybrid).  We had a row of them behind our screened in porch when we lived in Michigan.  They were in the shade of the porch and an old apple tree and did well.  Bloomed all summer with little care!  I hope it does as well in my little courtyard in Indiana!

The plants are doing well in the Farm Fresh barrels.  My pepper plant was getting little black specks on the back of the leaves and the leaves starting to curl.  I sprayed some Neem Oil on it today and hope that takes care of the problem.  

This is on the left side starting down
towards the potting table.  In the long box is cooking thyme, oregano and sage.

Continuing down the path on the left side is lemon thyme in the biggest long box and basil coming up.  In front of that I planted lettuce, spinach and kale.

The last containers on the left is Rosemary, in the middle, kale planted on one side and turnips on the other side in the larger box and lettuce is coming up in the smaller rectangle box.

Down the right side of the path I have planted perennials.

On the potting bench is a pot of  chives up high so Coco doesn't eat them and a couple pots of  Sugar Peas that I am trying to grow up strings!

My long bed is flourishing now!

Can you see the peas growing around the edge.  I planted zucchini seeds in the middle today.  The peas will be eaten as pea sprouts in my salads.

In the other green pot around the edge is turnips growing.  I am not sure what I will plant in the middle yet.

Lettuce growing around a geranium in the other Farm Fresh barrel.  I tried to save the geranium from last year and it doesn't look all that great but maybe it will improve as the summer wears on.

The strawberry bed is still doing great!

I planted a patio tomato plant on one side of the front porch.  I am hoping it will get more sun there and of course, Coco can't eat it!

And I put a sungold tomato plant in a pot on the other side of the porch.

Lavender planted on each side of the sidewalk.

This is a Roma tomato plant in a bed on legs in the courtyard.  (up high so Coco can't eat this one either!)

My one yard long bean plant in a pail that I am growing from seed from Chris Fisher.  Of course the cardboard is surrounding it so Coco doesn't eat the leaves.  I sure hope I don't kill it myself!

Sue and Craig brought us dinner from The Olive Garden for Mother's Day.

They also got these beautiful two hanging asparagus plants we hung on the shepards hook.

Mike and Melissa and girls brought me a beautiful hanging basket of Begonias and the pretty blue pot to transfer it in.  In doing so it flopped.  I tried to prop one branch up and it broke off.  Woe is me.  I best leave it alone and pray it flourishes  It is a Rieger Begonia 'Solenia' and the tag said full sun.  I thought Begonias liked shade but in googling this particular kind it does like part sun to full sun so it was put on the front sidewalk.

We were happy to have Travis and Amanda stop by with our great-granddaughter!  I was selfish and held her most of the time she was here!  She is just the cutest little thing!!!!!!

Usually it is Cali that is loving on Coco but Sunday I caught this picture of Gracie giving her a little attention.  Well I imagine your tea is long gone so thanks for reading.  Please leave a comment as I love visiting with you!