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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!

5 comments:

  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.

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  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!!

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  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?

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  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

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  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!!!

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