Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Beautiful Columbine in my garden.  

Chester, the neighbor's cat pays a visit.

He enjoys laying in the pot of catnip (or what's left of it).

I picked up this lovely basket at Torrance Antique Street Fair.  I plan on using it to plant flowers and use it as a hanging basket on the front porch.  Until then, someone else has taken it over.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I finally got around to taking some photos around the back of the house.  

Here is my Orchid which I've had for about 2 years.  It was given to me as a gift. After it was done blooming, I put it aside and left it alone.  Last year it surprised me by producing new blooms on its own without any maintenance other then watering.  Looks like this year it's doing the same.  I have 4 different stems with spikes.  I guess it likes it here.

Here's one of the Calla Lilies.  I planted a bunch of them in back of the house on the North side and they are growing up nice and tall and starting to produce some flowers.  

And these are Hollyhocks planted from seed a few months back.  They seem to be doing well.  Hoping they grow tall and produce some lovely flowers.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

It's January 11th and the garden is mostly keeping itself.  Some of the roses have new buds on them and it will soon be time to prune.  It's going to be painful, but I know it's for the best.  I think I'll wait until end of January or early February, so that way my blooms last me later into the season.  This past year I had blooms all the way up until October and even now, all of them are putting out new buds and growth.  

I took a rose pruning class this morning and learned quite a bit.  This will be my first time pruning the 7 roses in my rose garden so it will be nerve wracking.  I just hope they are forgiving.

While I didn't take any photos on the side of the house, the Calla Lilies are growing tall and a few have started to display their beautiful flowers.  Perhaps I'll take some photos later on.  

In addition, I also have an orchid.  It looks like it's putting out spikes again.  There are 3 stems full of them.  This will be the 3rd year in a row it put out blooms and honestly, I don't tend to this plant.  It seems to be happy where it's at on the side of the house so I just give it water and leave it alone to do its thing.

Lastly, and I don't mention this as often as I should, but all of my many herbs are thriving and looking healthy as ever -- mint, lavender, sage, tons of rosemary, lemon verbena, lemon balm, catnip, cat mint, cat grass, yerba buena, chocolate mint, pineapple sage, parsley.... there are more but I will stop with just mentioning a few and close with photos of some of my blooms:

Primula Vulgaris