Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The last gardening day for a while

We're leaving for a two-week trip to Hawaii in five days. I've been working outside quite a bit. We got lots of gardening done today, a little knitting as well. The gardens are growing right along.
This is the vegetable garden. Corn, beans, and squash in the foreground, various salad greens in the background.
Here's the herb garden, to the left of the vegetable garden.
Rhubarb, parsley, strawberries, and a glimpse of the dahlia and black-eyed susan.

A better view of the dahlias and black-eyed Susans.
The petunias, now in full bloom.
Here's how the front looks. Think of it as a work in progress. The yarrow will stand up in time, the butterfly bush will multiply, the monarda and the liatrus will bloom.
Here's the front on the other side of the stairs. The monarda is really blooming over here, and the California poppies are just starting.
The hostas, newly mulched.
The shade garden. We have this lovely bed, next to the garage. It is very shady, very very shady, because of a giant Norway maple at the very back of the backyard. We used to try to grow flowers and vegetables here, before we took a look around and figured out what the real deal is back here. This looks magical to me.
Here's a closer view.
And here are close-ups of some plants that are flowering, mostly in the full-sun front.

If anyone knows what this last little flower is, I'd love to hear. It was a volunteer in our garden this year, and I'd like to encourage it.


Granna Judy said...

I'm clueless on the mystery plant, but I love what you've done with all your garden beds -- it looks terrific!

Mom said...

I think it might be phlox. Check out http://tinyurl.com/zw698 or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlox or http://tinyurl.com/grwbj or http://tinyurl.com/ea32c or http://tinyurl.com/znwfh

Anonymous said...

Your little pink plant is catchfly (Silene armeria). It is usually an annual, but it's a good reseeder---as long as you aren't too persnickety about cleaning up its spent flowers, it will come back every year.
Good luck,

elsie deluxe said...

Thanks, J. F. This was garden 06, and it didn't come back in this place in 07. It's good to know what it is, tho, and I'll keep looking. I seem to remember seeing it in some random places last year. I'm ready for gardening season to start, but I think I have at least another two months to wait. Thanks for your comment.