Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Since mom never updates this, I thought I would!  She's taken tons of pictures, but has been too lazy to upload any of them.  And since I don't have any, I can't post them either.  Maybe some day she'll get around to it.

Also, I was going to put a link to my floral design site and facebook fan page on here, but I can't access the actual blog layout and such - only post things.  So mom, you should do that too.  Or get me to help next time I come home.

And yes mom, you can delete this post if you ever get back on here and even see it.  But only after you upload new pictures.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Latest view of the flowers out front

View from the eastside.
View from of the westside.

Flowers, flowers everywhere!

Snapdragons, dianthus, cosmos, primrose, and my favorite orange dahlias!
Primrose, dianthus, salvia, snapdragon, and nicotina.
Snapdragons, cosmos, dianthus, coreopsis, nicotina, lobelia, and salvia.
A beautiful Peace rose.


A bountiful harvest!!

Look at all this beautiful food! Lots of zucchini, peter pan squash, summer squash, radishes, a cucumber and one cherry tomato. There were actually two, but I ate one before I took the picture.
Tons of squash!!
Radishes in the foreground. Not too many left. I harvested 21 this morning. Tomatoes and beans in the background. Big Mac pumpkins in the back and to the right.
View of the squash, watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. We've already harvested lots of squash!

The growing garden

The Kentucky Pole beans are really growing.
Two Golden Bell Peppers. Still have several weeks until harvest.
Jubilee Corn. There are 17 smaller ones growing behind these big ones. I planted the back two rows about two weeks ago.
Sweet Slice cucumber, it's about 8 inches long.
Peter Pan Squash
The Celebrity tomatoes are getting larger.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Beans, beans!

Yum! One of my favorites is fresh green beans. These are the Kentucky Pole beans.
You can't see them too well yet, but there are eight Blue Lake bush beans growing here.
The Kentucky Pole beans are coming along wonderfully. There are 6-7 around each pole.

The squash is winning big time!

This Sundance summer squash has half a dozen little squashes on it, and I am sure there will be a lot more to come.
This Burpless cucumber is growing in a semi circle. I guess it doesn't really matter. Maybe they are suppose to grow that way; hmmm, I'll have to check on that.

Tomatoes at last!

Sweet 100, cherry tomatoes. There are half a dozen or so already.
Roma tomotoes. There are actually two of them, but you can only see the one in this photo.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Better than a scarecrow!

The garden guardian, Mercedes, watching me work. She lays in the shade of the tree while I sweat in the sun. However, her real job is at night. She keeps the deer out of the garden. The first night after we planted I found deer prints in the garden; luckily nothing had been eaten. Since then, I have left Mercedes to sleep outside overnight and no new prints have appeared. Yay for big dogs!

A closer look at the vegies.

Of course the zucchini is growing the best. It will probably take over the garden and maybe even the whole 1/2 acre yard!
Kentucky Wonder pole beans. Planted on June 27th. They have grown over two inches in less than two days.
Jubilee corn. It's actually growing better than the weeds. Yay!
Radishes. We have a ton of them up already and they were just planted on June 27th.

Hooray for the vegetables!

Peppers (purple, yellow, red and green) and tomatoes (Celebrity, DX52-12, Sweet 100, and Roma). You can also see a few of the pumpkins to the right. We transplanted most of this on June 23 and 24. Just beyond the tomatoes are the beans and then all the way back are two Big Mac pumpkins. We'll see if we can really get them up to 100 pounds!
Let's here it for the cucumbers, squash, and melons. Corn is in the very back. We planted two kinds: Jubilee and Sweet Cream. Should be very yummy! The corn was planted on June 24 and we already have 9 little stalks coming along. Hopefully more will show up soon.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Herbs and roses

We planted some herbs in a pot in the courtyard. There is oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, and key lime basil. They all seem to be growing pretty well, but the thyme and oregano are really taking off. They key lime basil smells so good! Now we just have to find something to use it in. We also got spearmint, variagated sage, pineapple sage, and cinnamon basil, but we haven't found a home for them yet. We might plant them in the back with the vegetable garden.
This is the Unicorn rose. It's the smallest of all the rose bushes we planted, but is growing the best. It has tons of new growth and blossoms. The blossoms are a little bit more of a coral color than we thought they would be, but they are beautiful!

The Snapdragons win!

Most of the flowers we planted out front are doing well, but the snapdragons look amazing! They're all growing, and blossoming, and have tons of new growth and buds coming in.

Before - In the back yard this time

Here is our vegetable garden. Or rather, our weed garden. Too bad we didn't have a more current picture because the weeds were much better. Meaning bigger. We are in the process of clearing all the weeds, and will be adding topsoil soon. It was tiring, so we are taking a break to upload the pictures. We're still trying to figure out how to get rid of the metal ring from the trampoline. That will probably have to wait until next year's garden.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Views of the east side

Views of the west side

I love this view! The mountains look beautiful with all the spring green and the snow on top.

A closer look at the window box

Looking better at last!

Monica and I finished the other side of the bedding area around the courtyard today. We added some Dianthus too.
We finished the window boxes on the first level. We put in Dahlias (Diablo), Dianthus (Floral Lace Violet and Floral Lace Rose), and Sweet Potato Vine (Chillin Blackberry Star). They look really good! Now I need to do the boxes upstairs-ugh.