There are few things I enjoy more than waking up to a nice cup of hot tea and looking out at the gardens. I usually head out in my nightrobe and flip flops.
Once again, I’m recording the early days of the gardens in order to watch the rates at which they progress through the season. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things.
(Front: Raised bed)
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Back: Raised Bed
My 4-in-1 Pear Tree has prodiced quite a number of baby pears, but only time will tell if they’ll ripen this year. I believe the photo is of the Asian pears.
I planted two varieties of blueberry bushes this year. I’m sure it will be at least 3-4 years before we see a blueberry pie, but you have to start somewhere 🙂
Grapes have been a challenge. I get several bunches, and then they don’t ripen fully–I suspect not enough sun here in Western Washington. I am, however, hopeful because this is their 5th summer, and I’ve never seen so many bunches of grapes on both of my my grape vines–I have two different varieties. In any case, they make for a dramatic backyard screen over the little pergola Mark built.
Just planted this little tree a few weeks ago. I am so excited to have fresh bay leaves!
I grow several different herbs–spaced out in my back yard. I try to keep them all as close to my back patio door as possible. It’s fun to send people out to snip herbs while we’re cooking. Although some of these are not really herbs, I call them herbs because I use them for seasoning. So far, I have rosemary, different varieties of mint, Greek Oregano, basil, thyme, sage, chives, Italian parsley, sweet bay leaf, fennel, and dill. I will be adding several new varieties to the gardens this year.
I am a nut for the flowering chives. I think they can change a ho-hum looking salad into a feast for the eyes.
Part of my backyard raised bed is overgrown with flowering chives. I should have divided them earlier.
I’ve always been drawn to shabby chic treasures–especially in the gardens. When I moved in this bird bath was cracking and breaking apart, but I just love how it looks! I’m a fan of chippy and broken.
I have several strawberry plants (ever bearing) placed sporadically all over the yard and the perimeters of the raised beds. They spread quickly, and it’s always nice to wander outside and stop for a quick bite–if the squirrels don’t beat me to them.
A few weeks ago, I bought two of these little salad pots from the Edmond’s Farmer’s Market.
I gave one to Sean and Olivia and kept one for myself. I already have too many varieties of lettuce in the garden, but I wanted the edible flowers too! I just love to add Nasturtiums to salads in summer. Soon they should look like this!
Pearl is still the sweetest hen we own. She is very happy that I planted too much lettuce this year–it’s her favorite!
I’ll be taking photos of my other gardens this week, and for those who are interested in vegetable gardening, I hope to get more recorded before harvest time this year! I’ll even get down and dirty and explain how we make our compost–we do it poor man’s style!