I was four when my parents got us a small house in the country. We had an acre and a half of property, and while a good chunk of it was natural meadow, there was lots of lawn and room for gardens.
Dad had a large vegetable garden around the side of the house where they grew pickling cucumbers (Mom always made her own pickles), carrots, beans, peppers, onions, swiss chard and tomatoes.
Out front there were several gardens - a large triangular shaped one, bordered by railway ties marked the entrance to driveway. Mom had it filled with annuals every year - petunias, pansies and the like. Along the front of the house there were peonies and holly hocks, four o'clocks and flox. Down the side, Japanese lanterns and orange day lilies.
But down by the mud porch, nestled into the side of the hill that our house sat on, I had a garden of my very own. It was all mine. I chose the plants, did the digging and was also responsible for weeding it (which, of course, I never did).
There was something magical about that spot - it must have had the perfect soil because that little garden grew like crazy, no matter how bad the rest of the gardens were doing. I had nasturtiums and giant marigolds, sweet peas and johnny jump ups. It was also home to countless frogs, toads and snails - the perfect garden for a little girl who loved to get her hands dirty.
|Cosmos, English Daisies, Petunias, |
Red Violas, Black Shamrocks... oh my!
It wasn't until I moved out on my own, that I turned my attention back to playing in the dirt. The old townhouse wasn't ideal for gardens though I wanted some badly. The backyard didn't get enough sun and the soil was too sandy. I did plant some orange lilies, and potted a few annuals... but beyond that, nothing. But this place... this place has really lit the spark again.
In addition to the seeds I planted, I picked up some plants for the front garden, and a few vegetables.
|Thank you Dollar Store! You have great hats!|
I dug my new garden plots earlier this week, but it's been too rainy to do much more. When I woke up this morning, there was a sliver of sun peeking between the clouds, so I decided it was time to get moving.
I pulled on my oldest pair of jeans, plunked on my new gardening hat, and set to work.
I filled the new bee garden with black top soil (the plants really love this stuff and at $2 for a 25 Litre bag, you really can't go wrong). The sunflowers really needed to be put in ground asap, as they were starting to outgrow the planters I started them in.
|Back Left - Lavender, Front Left - Cat Nip, Right - Sunflowers|
|The beginning of a little |
bit of honey bee heaven.
I have to get some stakes and string, so as they grow I can help them stay upright.
This garden will also eventually house some daisies, black-eyed susans, echinacea, poppies and columbine - I'm just waiting for those seeds to sprout. If it all works out, it's going to be a riot of colour this summer.
|Plant lavender for luck|
I had this small hanging pot around from another plant that moved to a bigger pot. I should be just perfect for the lavender, If it gets more robust, I'll find a better spot for it.
I was going to splurge on a couple more rose bushes to keep the White Princess company, but then I remembered the Cana Lilies that my late-grandpa's girlfriend gave me last spring.
|A lovely line of Red Cana Lilies to keep my White Rose company.|
I wasn't going to bother with vegetables this year - I don't actually eat them. I ended up giving most of what we grew away last year. My plan was just get some more strawberries, because I'll totally eat those.
But then I remembered how much fun I had with the cherry tomatoes and I just couldn't resist getting some more. I could only get two strawberries plants this year (and I had to look high and low before I found them tucked away under a shelf at the garden centre), so I decided to get some Jalapeno peppers too. My purple peppers didn't do too badly last year (though they were small), so I thought I'd give the Jalapenos a try - Dave's going to be very happy if they do well
|Tomatoes in the back, peppers in the middle, and strawberries in the front.|