Monthly Archives June 2014

Seed Giveaway!

Back in the day, oh 5 or 6 years ago, I tried selling some of my tomato seeds on Etsy. I sold some here and there, mostly enough for me to buy something I wanted on Etsy or another plant. It was nothing of note and never went anywhere. Of course I stopped selling seeds […]

snapshots from around the garden – June, 2014

We had a huge thunderstorm yesterday afternoon and so I didn’t have to water the plants this morning. I used the time to walk around the lanai and take some photos of the garden. View from the far side of the lanai…   Canna about to bloom. Love love love the blossoms on these plants. […]

Good Gardening Reads | Late June Edition

What a beech twig hears Germinating common milkweed Andean Root Vegetables for the Pacific Northwest and Beyond Grilled cantaloupe Plano Water-Wise Landscape Tour Drive-bys Beekeeping: Learning the hard way Farming through the teenage lens A brief romance with a cottage garden

Milkweed Bugs

I can’t remember where we picked up our Asclepias curassivica, aka: scarlet milkweed, but it has thrived in our flower bed this spring. I didn’t even realize it had set seed pods until a week or so ago. As I went over to inspecgt the open seed pods I noticed that the plant was crawling […]

Panaeolus Foenisecii, Toxicodendron Radicans, and Rosa Madame A. Meilland

It appears as if my main role in the garden this summer will be removing mushrooms from the containers. This week I removed about 200 mushrooms (and I’m actually not exaggerating) from my various planters/pots/containers. Some of them pop up just after the rain, but sometimes I’ll just go out there when it’s been dry […]

Death of a Sassafras

About two weeks ago we noticed this sassafrass tree wilting. First it was a few leaves and then one day it was completely wilted. Typically an upland tree, we really didn’t think it was a water related issue especially since we’d had 7 inches of rain the week before. I went ahead and gave it […]

summer seed order

This past week Park Seed was wrapping up its annual “Spring into Summer” sale, and since quantities were dwindling, and I have a few holes in my garden (ie empty pots and extra potting soil), I went ahead and placed a small seed order. Here’s what I got (images courtesy of Park Seed): The one […]

Herb Bed/Perimeter Bed Update

The herb and perimeter beds are proving to go slower than we wanted, mostly because I can’t help as much as I would like, being pregnant as I am currently. It really makes me feel guilty watching Chris do all of the work. However, he’s done an excellent job with the digging and my dad, […]

new in my garden: succulents and plumeria

My birthday succulents arrived (ordered from here) and there was a nice variety, and they were all healthy  despite very rough handling of the box. Of course, they arrived RIGHT before a few days of endless rain, so thank goodness I kept them under the roof line and didn’t water them much. The last time […]

The Zoe & Grayson Trees | Update

A year ago we planted a pine tree with Zoe, our niece and called it the ‘Zoe Tree’. Two weekends ago Zoe and her brother Grayson were here visiting and I had them stand in front of their respective trees. See how much the tree and kid has grown??? It’s always nice to take photos […]