Seedlings on Parade

It’s been a month since I started my garden and things are growing in profusion. Which is good, since I’m having to play catch-up to make sure my food plants bear crops before the cold comes. I probably would have started my seeds indoors as early as March if we’d been here back then, but at least I know that for next year… A close-up of my fuchsia, which is blooming profusely now. I don’t know if the hummingbirds and bees know yet that I’m putting out food for them up here on the third floor, but hopefully they will …

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Strawberries and Peonies!

Garden update day! I did a bit of shopping and lots of planting this past week, so I’ll hopefully be harvesting my own salads in a month 🙂 I bought this hanging strawberry basket because I’ve always wanted strawberries but didn’t have that much luck with them the last time I grew them on the ground. All kinds of critters got to my berries before me, despite trying all kinds of different deterrents. And it’s got pink flowers! I left two baby plants for it to grow out but cut off the rest of the runners so we’d get plenty …

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It’s Alive!

It’s been a little less than two weeks since I last took pictures of the garden, and some small but exciting developments have occurred. The bushy flowers are filling in nicely and blooming like nuts. You can see the Dutch iris poking their shoots up in the space between the two big plants. I should have a nice cutting garden of them by next month 🙂 It’s been very nice and sunny for the past few days, so all the plants have gone to town. The amount of pollen everywhere from the pine trees is truly insane. Luckily, pine pollen …

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The Garden: Starting Over!

Right. So the last time I was seriously able to garden was probably back in 2004. After that, I moved into a series of apartments for school before ending up with the boy in an exceedingly shady corner of OC where we spent large amounts of electricity just to be able to see in the daytime. Obviously, there was no sort of sunny exposure for plants at all. Now, six years later, I can continue with my horticultural ambitions once again. Whee! My new balcony container garden. Currently consisting of just three windowboxes, but with plans for much, much more …

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Adventures in Gardening – …this ever-changing world in which we live…

So a little over one week ago, I woke up bright and early to do my morning rounds. The birds were twittering, the air was clear and everything was looking dew-covered and freshly green and spring-y in the garden of Pierydys. Then, I got to my miniature dahlias and discovered that something had gone horribly wrong. There were these little brown things all over the flower and bud stems! They looked like mites. Evil little mites. Eating my brand new flowers. It was springtime for them as well, I suppose. And woe to them, they caught me at my most …

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Adventures in Gardening – And thou shalt smite the seedlings as one…

This past weekend has been one of pure and utter carnage. All I needed was, like, a flaming sword or something, taking out swaths at a time. Often, I’d stop and wonder whether there wasn’t something sick and wrong about bringing tiny new seedlings into the world only to torture them to death within a week. And only in the world of horticulture would this be considered a common and recommended practice…

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Adventures in Gardening – Pierydys versus the Swamp Thing.

So a few years back, I read an article somewhere about container water gardens being all the rage. I also happened to be in some store and they had bare-root water lilies on sale, so I bought one and figured it’d be fun to have out front. Buy a tub, toss some dirt in and plant the thing, it’d be done within an hour. So much for theory. Turns out that when I first set the thing up, I unwittingly did just about everything one could to make maintenance of said container as difficult as possible in the future. To …

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Adventures in Gardening – March 10, 2004.

My father is, quite simply put, a plant serial killer. He doesn’t do it on purpose, but he has not the first clue when it comes to gardening and always insists that he does. The end result is that he’ll take something in a pot, dig a hole in something brownish, toss it in, and forget about it within minutes. Then he wonders why nothing survives. I suppose, living as we do in one of the climate zones most suitable to year-round gardening, it’s something of a talent that he can do what he does. The best way to discover …

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Beds of rampant impatiens and phlox, a happy-looking stand of large-flowered callas, an ambitiously expanding brugmansia in the front yard, a constant supply of fresh grapefruit in the back yard, several rows of tomatoes already starting to fruit (it’s been unseasonably warm), and rose bushes that can’t really be called bushes because they’re growing to well over 7 feet as they don’t need to be cut down for the winter. The freesias and daffodils are already starting to make their appearances and the goldfish in the water garden tub have been giving each other amorous looks. *That*, folks, is why …

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Little worm carcasses everywhere after a rain are so depressing. If I’m up early enough in the mornings, I usually try to get them back to the soil before the sun comes and fries them. Today, though, was an all-out massacre. My parents have a rather large garden, so it was like trying to carry a city out on your back. You’d think they would have managed to evolve some sort of emergency-gills or something, especially in places where they *know* there’s annual flooding. Bah. No hungry birds today.

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