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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gardening Update

It was so gorgeous yesterday, I thought I'd go out and snap a few pictures for y'all.

Primroses that survived the winter!

This is a mystery plant. I thought it was wandering jew, but after a google image search- that's not it! But.. this is the first time I've seen it produce flowers, so here's hoping it will be a warmer/sunnier summer than last year! This is one of my favorite plants, because it appears to be a native plant and it spreads like CRAZY. I just wish I could split it and get it all over the shady bits of our yard.

The new bed along the driveway! I am gradually pulling out all of this awful juniper-like shrubbery, and replacing it with herbs and edibles; esp. strawberries! It's coming along really nicely.

As I pull out bits of the shrub, I cover it with planters so it doesn't look so ugly. This is a mint plant, and this great blue bulbing plant whose name I can't remember; I got them both at PCC.

Rhubarb, strawberries, lavender, scabia (?), pansies, and sage.

Chives! Overwintered and came back full force; great plant from the farmer's market last year, I think it was $3.

Last year's rhubarb; even bigger!

New English daisies; I think these are so cute!

Tulips and mystery plant from backyard; since we're changing a lot of things back there, every plant I want to save is moving to the front yard for a while.

Mystery bulbs!

Peonies! Maybe they'll actually bloom this year. (crossing fingers)

Lilac's starting to come around.

So is my blueberry bush; hoping for actual berries this year!!

Long view of upper garden; in a few days, all of this ivy will be tilled and covered with bed liner to make a new giant bed! YEA!!

Those little puffs are actually purple, and they are surprise grape hyacinths that snuck into this gifted coral bells from last year. I didn't even know!

I leave you with happy Lulu, in the sunshine!


  1. Lookin' good!! I wish you much luck with tilling that ivy and that the bed liner is strong enough that it doesn't come back with a vengeance. =) Also, great job on ripping out that juniper! We have that, too and I *hate* it. I planted 2 huge basil plants (TJ's has them again right now for 2.99!!) and 6 strawberry plants yesterday. Slow going here.

  2. Thanks! I usually rip it out; which leads to many hours of pain and blisters. Since the guys are tilling the backyard tomorrow night, I thought, "Why not try it on the ivy?". We'll see how it goes!!

  3. Ok, so that mystery plant with the yellow flowers has been driving me crazy...it looked like mint to me so I used my Google-fu and came up with this: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/noxious-weeds/weed-identification/yellow-archangel.aspx Do you think it might be that?

  4. Also, after reading about it, I totally want some. I think it looks nicer than the friggin ivy we have strangling the crap out of everything around here. :D

  5. That's totally it!! And I love it too... maybe I will do the opposite of their tips and use it to spread out and take over the ivy. Plant warfare!!!