Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Friday, June 25, 2010

SINGING THE BLUES, MAKE THAT THE... GREENS

I love green, but there is so much of it at this time of year. Usually by now, my garden is a riot of color but with the lack of sun here in the Pacific Northwest, the plants are slow in showing their color. Please, please Mother Nature, throw the sunshine switch. The photos were taken early this morning under an overcast sky Sighhhh! so they are a little washed out from the camera flash.

FRONT GARDEN

The fence is attractive, although it does hide the plants until you get closer, but if it wasn't for the fence, all the garden would be, is a salad bar for the rabbits.

So far, I have a couple of Wallflowers, Lychnis coronari, yellow Columbine and Jacob's ladder blooming.

The Hosta is not complaining, and is doing it's thing under my rustic tee pee structure like thing, and the Monarda is reaching for the sun. There are some self sown love in the mist plants struggling to make blooms even though they are only about a foot high.

To the left of the dirty birdbath (note to self, clean the birdbath) are Shasta daisies just covered in buds, behind are Asiatic lilies not at all happy, and showing it in very small flower buds.

In the rear of the garden ferns and grasses are making for a nice display of feathery greenness.( Photo taken on one of the sunny days.)

CARPORT GARDEN

More bunny proof fencing surrounding the carport garden. I don't care for the unattractive chicken wire, but that is what is going to have to do for now. There is a Salvia on the corner of the carport, which is usually at least three feet tall and covered in gorgeous blue blooms, and a Helianthus growing right behind which towers over the Salvia.

Behind the carport, I have a varied selection of plants, everything is pretty much planted in "gay abandon'

The grass in front of the garden is on my 'to do list' and so are the weeds snuggling in between the flowers.

VEGETABLE GARDEN

A little bit of Kiwi ingenuity. The tomatoes seemed to be slow in getting going, so I rigged up a little plastic semi-greenhouse thingy, to perhaps provide a little more warmth for the tomatoes. seems to be working, as the plants have put on a spurt of growth.


Parsley, onions, strawberries doing well. The strawberries have been our dessert for the past week, so no complaints there. Beans are slow in reaching their maturity, I am satisfied with the cucumbers growth, lettuce is liking the cooler temperatures, as are the peas.

I have many of my potted plants stashed in this corner of the veggie garden, so they will get sun, if it ever shines, and also to keep them away from pesky rabbit nibbles.

First of the peas starting to fill out the pods.
So all is not gloomy in the garden, there are good things happening. Strawberries are being enjoyed every night for dinner, lettuce for salad every night, kale for our pet rabbit, soon peas for dinner, and plenty for the snails and slugs *grin*

10 comments:

tina said...

Not gloomy at all. It all looks lush to me who is suffering through severe heat here in the south. I bet your garden will give you a great show of color very soon. Your veggie garden is the best!

Bangchik said...

So many plants growing in the garden healthily with care. Even tomatoes are well wrapped. The fence is quite neat.

cheers, ~bangchik

meemsnyc said...

Our shasta daisies have not bloomed yet. They have been slow to grow.

Mary Lou said...

my garden has plenty of light, but everything is YELLOW! I think I should have seriously ammended the soil the used. Top quality top soil just was not enough I fear. :(

Laura said...

Your veggie plots are looking nice! I like your tomato green house! Good idea! The weathers been so terrible. Here's hoping for some more sunshine this weekend!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your garden looks very happy, even if the blooms are behind. At the beginning of the year everything was ahead and now many things are behind. Crazy weather.
Your veggie garden looks really nice. The peas are probably the happiest thing of all.

mothernaturesgarden said...

My garden was like that this spring. When the clouds rolled away and the heat shot up it was like magic in just a couple of days because everything was ready to burst forth.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I knew I was behind in my blog reading. I don't remember you having all that rabbit fencing. Maybe you did, but I was thinking you didn't mind the rabbits in your garden. Well, I like the fences, because they keep the flowers and veggies safe.

The rabbits here are more destructive this year than normal, and it's rained too much to reapply Liquid Fence and the pepper spray. Even last year, they ate down my bean plants. I got some peas last year, but this year, they have eaten both down to nubs. Some of my flowers have been devoured, too. I bought some screening at a garage sale yesterday for individual plants, like the sweet potatoes that are determined to grow after being chewed down. I told my husband we need to plan on putting up rabbit fencing. I may go ahead and plant lettuce outside the fenced area for them to eat in hopes they'll not eat all my flowers.

I hope summer is going well for you!

Mark said...

You have a very nice garden.Thanks for sharing it with us.I like your vegetable garden very much.It looks pretty.I wish I could have some of your strawberry.Thank you.
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Rosey said...

Your fencing looks good! A very clever idea to keep the bunnies out. They must wreak havoc on your beautiful veggies and flowers without such protection.
Love that pea shot!