Monday, May 27, 2013

This is my last blog entry for the weekend but I had to jot this down before retiring for the evening...   The Moon Flower seedlings looked like they were strong enough to transplant so I got brave and took a chance.  I put one in the ground in front of the house that, if it does okay, can be trained to crawl up the wall.  I also put one in a larger pot.  They both seemed to have some pretty good strong roots, so I hope these guys will do as well as the one at the bottom of the front porch step.  

In addition, I also transplanted both the Angel Trumpets to larger pots so they have more room to grow.  I can't wait until these are big enough to boom.  It was a very productive weekend, indeed.

Here's a photo my boyfriend shot of me Saturday morning when we trimmed the Indian Hawthorn.

I was procrastinating cleaning my house today, so I went outside with my phone and started taking photos of my herb garden.  They aren't the best pictures.  I did it to sort of get an idea of what all I had. And with some of them, I might have one or two of the same kind.  Here's what I have so far:

(I have two of these - one for my cat and one for the neighborhood cats)

(I have at least 2 of these)

Just one of my Rosemary plants (I have 3 or 4) with Coriander in the background

Chocolate Mint


Lavender (I have a few of these)

Garden Sage


Bee Balm

Lemon Verbena and Orange Mint


Parsley, Cilantro, Dill


Lemon Balm


Apple Blossom Yarrow

Hyssop (Blue)

Cat Mint

Anise Hyssop

Apple Mint


Pineapple Sage


Yarrow - Island Pink

Sweet Mint

More Mint

German Thyme

Moonshine Yarrow

Salvia - Mexican Sage


Lemon Thyme

I'm sure I'm probably missing a few but that's what I got today with my phone cam.  

Sunday, May 26, 2013

It's Sunday afternoon and I am so sore.  I worked from early morning until early evening in the garden.  We got the Indian Hawthorn hedge trimmed and now I have an extra foot of room for my front porch container garden.  I've added some Agastache there which will hopefully attract the hummingbirds.  I'm told they're late this year.  The Agastache smells so good!  

It's a lazy day and I feel accomplished.  I won't update too much with words, but with photos.  

Agastache Acapulco Salmon and Pink

My Moon Flower - I planted this by the front porch step as a seed not expecting it to grow.  Well here it is today.  I'm just a little worried about it since it's right near one of the sprinklers that it might end up being dug up one day by the maintenance people.

Iceberg Roses - They are blooming like crazy right now.

Pincushion Flower - I planted this in the back by the vegetable beds.

Some potted daisies in front of the tomato beds.

The cherry tomatoes are ripening.

Queen Anne's Lace - I actually had to make an emergency move of this.  I planted it in the vegetable bed between two Rosemary plants and in the late afternoon, it had started to wilt.  I pulled it out and placed it in the ground near the Moonshine Yarrow and Pincushion Flower, gave it a bit of water and it perked back up.  I hope this plant works out.  I remember seeing it all over Pennsylvania as a child.  Back there is more of a weed but it is such a beautiful flower.

Moonshine Yarrow

Salvia Farinacea Victoria Blue

Achillea Millefolium Island Pink Yarrow

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's been a few weeks since I've had time to visit Descanso.  It's hard to leave my own garden sometimes, especially in the early morning.  I had some time today to pay a visit to one of my most spiritual places, Descanso Gardens.  I come here when I need my energy recharged.  It was a weekday, so it was exceptionally quiet.  I'm starting to be able to recognize some of the plants without having to look and read what they are.  In fact, I can now look at some of them and say, "I have that in my garden!"  Sometimes I think to myself, "Maybe I should give gardening a break today.", Or, "I really shouldn't be spending any money right now."  But when I see this beautiful patch of earth, one that I've created or a place like Descanso, I realize that every penny and every amount of effort is worth it.  It's that unexplainable feeling of magic and the swirling of energy you feel when surrounded by nature.  Here are some of the images I shot today during my visit.