Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mid May Panoramic of my yard.

Here is a panoramic I created about two weeks ago. My fig is taking over the yard. And with this rain I may soon have a jungle in my backyard.

My own garden path

Fortunately for me I have wonderful neighbors (Tom & Sherri) who gave me all this planking for a walkway. It completely surrounds my backyard. And wonderful when kids are here - keeps the cookie crunchers off my flowers.

I've always been fond of pathways...secret walkways that lead off to who knows where. Seems like the perfect metaphor for life.

Companion Planting In Your Garden


Onion - plant with parsley to keep away onion fly
Celery – plant with cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower to deter butterflies (grows well with beans, tomatoes, and leeks)
Asparagus – plant with tomatoes, parsley, or basil
Swiss Chard – plant with cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, lettuce, or herbs - do not plant with string beans
Beets – plant with kohlrabi, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, onions, cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower - do not plant with string beans, dill, or fennel
Brussels Sprouts – plant with onions
Cabbage – plant with herbs, onion, garlic, peas, celery, potatoes, or beets
Kohlrabi – plant with beets or onions
Peppers - plant with basil, okra, or tomatoes
Cucumber - plant with corn, sunflowers, peas, beans, beets, or carrots
Pumpkin & Squash - Plant with corn, peas, or beans
Carrot – Plant with onions, annual flowers, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, or peas - do not plant with anise and dill
Lettuce – Plant with cucumbers, onions, radishes, carrots, or dill (dill protects them from aphids)
Tomato - Plant with basil, parsley, and asparagus or French marigolds (French marigolds deter whiteflies)
Bean – plant with celery, corns, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower or melons
Peas – plant with beans, root crops, potatoes, or corn
Radish – Plant with peas or lettuce
Potato - plant with corn, cabbage, beans, or marigolds
Spinach – plant with beans, peas, corn, and strawberries
Corn – Plant with beans, peas, sunflowers, cucumbers, squash, melons, and potatoes

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What could be more beautiful?

A peaceful spot

I love this bench...a good spot to sit and listen to the sounds of the pond.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Musings and lettuce

No matter how hard I try I just can't seem to capture in a photograph my garden - the feelings I get when I wander through, tug at a weed...remembrances of my grandmother who when I asked "why did God make gnats" laughing heartily come to mind; the pride I feel in creating something that was not here before, something that I think is extraordinarily charming and beautiful; a place that gives me peace and a joy I've never felt anywhere else on earth. All I have to do is look at the deeply jeweled garnet color of the Don Juan rose or the baby leaf that unfurls and I am lost in that place that is "the zone" or the spot I'm supposed to be while meditating.

Okay - on to less poetic driven thoughts. Laughing - my contradictions are upon me today - LETTUCE. I've got beautiful heads of romaine, buttercrunch, red leaf and the strawberries ripen so quickly I can't eat them all.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The long awaited Rose.

These are the first few blossoms of my Paul's Himalayan Musk Rose that I planted one year ago. It grew 18 feet in one year. I swear - it is not a "fish" story. It is planted at the base of a tree and I've trained it to cascade down in fragrant, pale tendrils toward earth - surrounding a small cafe table and topped off with a bright red chandelier hanging from a limb. Made for those early evenings out in my garden with a glass of Prosecco.

Mid Spring Pano of my backyard.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Garden Gifts

I picked these juicy berries just a few days ago from my strawberry bed. They were so sweet from the sun and slightly warm. And in a few weeks I'll have blueberries and figs and by summers end - grapes.

Just spotted two bumble bees mating outside my window. X-rated!

A visitor in my garden...balance in the form of a brown snake.

Something about gardening makes me really appreciate the small creatures in life - the squirmy worms that mulch my small piece of earth, the writing spider that weaves her poetic web, the hummingbird that flies near my office window daily, the frog that plops amongst the waterlilies in my pond, the dragon flys that flit and fly, even those damn green worms that crunch on my roses...everything seems to have a purpose. I am sure one of the many reasons I love gardening is balance...natural order.

Today while removing some weeds (but yes composting them for life's cycle) I spied 2 tiny dark eyes staring at me. His or her tongue flicked out at me as if to say - don't get too close..."you give me space, I'll give you yours". Like Aretha that snake just wanted some r-e-s-p-e-c-t and I gave it. I geniunely felt love for this creature and was glad it was in my garden "doing it's thing", hanging out on a flower branch, sunning and helping with the bug population.

March 2002

These are some of the first DIGITAL photos that I took - so all that I currently have to post of the beginning of my garden. And quite honestly the time I consider my world changed and began to flourish metaphorically and literally. I began to change - like my garden.