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Dirt therapy

We’ve spent time every day this week working to reclaim the back yard. We brought the plants off the porch to give them a taste of the outside and will hopefully take the plastic down this weekend. It’s exciting to see life popping up from their winter hibernation. Several stalks of ginger are quite high at the moment as well as the canna.

I decided to pull together some of my favorite photos from last year to inspire us to make it bigger and greener this year! It feels great to have dirt under my nails again. 🙂

Mail order love

A couple weeks ago I pinned a photo of a Begonia ‘Curly Fireflush’. I knew we had to have one so I headed out to Hyams to see if they had any but no luck so next was Abide-A-While. Again, no luck but I didn’t leave either establishment without some other beautiful tropical begonias! I turned to the trusty old internet and discovered Logee’s, based out of Connecticut, to find my precious. I placed my order on the first and my box arrived yesterday. I added a couple more plants to the order to even out the shipping and they arrived happy and healthy! They’re shipped in adorable 2.5″ pots and I’ll most likely repot them tomorrow as they don’t seem to be in any kind of shock.

Thanks Logee’s, you’ve earned a new customer for harder to find plants!

Winter arrives with the new year

I was hoping to pull together a review of the last year but winter decided to arrive with the new year, thankfully. We’ve actually had to to swat away mosquitoes while working in the garden over the past week or so. We decided to turn the porch into a temporary greenhouse (I’m going forward with one on my wish list this year). We ran out to secure some drop cloths and extra staples and set about making a safe haven for our more delicate plants.

It held up very well during the night, despite wind gusts topping 60mph. It’s supposed to be colder tonight and I need to make sure all the sheeting outside gets a little more security.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the year in review!

Worm sign

The holidays have been super busy and I have a couple new posts to share before the end of the year, but I had to share this. The bizarro weather has had us out in shorts (until late yesterday) working in the garden and pruning bonsai. We also noticed …

Worm sign! I am probably more excited about this than I should be, but they’ve moved out from the garden beds and into the yard. They’ve made great distance. I think there’s hope for our super shitty soil now. The dirt must flow.

Carry on.

What is it ‘they’ say about one door closing and another opening?

Also known as failures in gardening. I mentioned last week that we had a sick Japanese Maple and that we put it in the ‘hospital’ hoping for a recovery. For reference, here it is in June. We finally conceded to defeat. I’m a little distraught over it’s demise but I’m trying to be positive that we’ve replaced it with something I think is equally awesome… a blueberry tree!


Notice the empty gurney. 🙁 We’re keeping it in the corridor while we eagerly await a new maple.

Excuse me while I get back to weeping. Next year I hope to weep in my cereal and muffins.

Finally! Hakonechloa, Aureola

Back in April I mentioned that I placed an order for a few plants with Hyams. Well, they never arrived { I think it had to do with their supplier. }. Don’t know why so I gave up, but it never left my mind. I was going through some garden inspiration images in August and I couldn’t hold out any longer. I ordered a couple of plants from Burpee’s. Burpee’s only ships live plants twice a year and their fall shipments go out the first part of October. I tried to put the long wait out of my mind and it worked, because the tracking email from UPS totally surprised me. It felt like finding a $20 while going through clothes in the laundry bin!

Let’s hope they manage well in this area.

The garden in review

We took the sunshade down this weekend and I took a few photos. I know I’ve posted a lot in reference to what we’ve done outside, but I thought it would be good to do a retrospective of this year’s work. We’ve had some great success and some things need to go back to the drawing board. We hope to get the patio done this fall, as well as the French drains. It was just too damn hot this summer to deal with that kind of work.

But first, here’s a detail shot of some Selaginella moss. There are more detail shots behind the jump.

There are some areas of the yard that I’ve left out because they’re struggling right now. Those are what will have to go back to the drawing board in the off-season. (more…)

Bon Weekend – Small things take up large chunks of time.

What is this? An azalea in my garden? It cannot be! Well, it is and it’s one of the things that has kept me away from blogging for two weeks. Michael first started playing with bonsai when he was about 13 and has wanted to be able to take it to another level. We had the opportunity recently to invest in a lot of bonsai pots and decided it was now or never. He has a few trees that he’s been working with for a some time and he’s transplanted them to the more traditional pots. After seeing images of mature azalea bonsai, I couldn’t resist. But only in this state.

Here are a few of the many trees we’ve been working on, some new and some have been around for a bit.  (more…)

Small measures

While working in the garden yesterday…

Baby Tree Frog

Baby Tree Frog

Pardon my garden thumb, I promise I’ve started wearing gloves. This little one measures about 3/8″ compared to my nail bed (which is about a half inch), when it let me get my thumb much closer.

Such a cutie!

Munch time

This has been an incredibly busy week with Tyler in town and getting our hurricane prep done. Thankfully we’re out of Irene’s path, but now we’re set for the season. Tyler will head off in about a week and a half to spend this semester at the Disney College Program. We’re so very excited for him!

We were cleaning out the millstone pond pump and I noticed that most of the venus flytraps are happily munching on some food. I’m trying to figure out what this one is eating, I think it may be a grass hopper, but the antennae gives it an awesome profile!

Munching

I took some progress photos about a week ago and I think the killer garden is coming along nicely since the photos I took on July 1st.

Carnies

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