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Saturday, May 15, 2010

My Parents' Garden

It really isn't hard to see where I get my love of gardening from. My parents have always had a variety of plants in our yard, and usually grow some sorts of vegetables in the summer. I remember when I was little, we had a GIANT garden in our backyard. It was edged with piles of tires, filled with potatoes. We grew corn! And tomatoes, carrots, spinach (which I thought tasted like balloons), squash, peas, beans... just about everything. It was amazing! I will probably never live up to that garden in my memory, but every year I try.

I thought about saying something dorky here like, "My parents' greenhouse is making me green with envy." Aren't you glad I didn't?

It's pretty awesome though. I helped put it together on a very hot day last summer (well, helped some... my dad did most of it, including the gravel, creating a wall, and fencing, etc...). I'll show you the inside in just a second.

Here is a giant strawberry/hydrangea bed. This usually has tomatoes and sometimes squash.

Inside the greenhouse! I've never seen a snapdragon this color before. It didn't "snap" very well for me though. (I always think it's funny to make them "talk"!)

Here's Otis, trying to eat some grass in the corner of the greenhouse. Last night, I saw him using his anteater-like tongue to pull some through the fence. Guess he really likes grass!

Trays of seedlings. Basil. Tomatoes. Squash. Beans. Artichokes. And another snapdragon.

More trays. You can also see a bit of the cool planters that my dad has been making; they have an arm on them, attached to a string, so that peas and beans can climb them. In the other corner are some onions.

Avocado tree, started from an avocado pit from a bag of Costco avocados. I need to get some of those!

Lulu and Sosha, enjoying the sunshine.

Front yard, giant rosemary! (and umbrella to protect new transplanted flowers.)

The pink azalea has apparantly been in our family for over 20 years. My mom got it from her mother-in-law, and it's survived two transplants.



  1. oooh, pretty! where do your parents live now?

  2. In Illahee, surprisingly enough!! They built a house out there about 4 years ago, and now can see the water. :)

  3. too funny! :D

    we have (very) tentative plans to visit in december. in silverdale. it would be cool to see you!!