Planting Bulbs; Garlic,Tulips & Daffodils

Its catch up time this past week for planting bulbs…..late: but not too late for the Pacific North West, there is still time if you haven’t put yours in…

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Garlic was the top priority 210 planted 10 Elephant Garlic and the rest were Red Russian

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Next 100 Tulips :Red

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and 100 Daffodils:Yellow

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We’ve been working on a small remodel on our little North Garden, with more planned for early next year,  we are working on filling in some spaces with these bulbs, cant wait to see how it will look in the spring!

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It looks  bare and  pretty messy after us tramping all over the yard when its muddy and wet….this is after we cleaned up ….Ha! More pictures of our progress in the new year 🙂

 

 

Happy Summer Solstice 2015!

The longest day of the year….

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the first day of summer…

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always makes me think of the fun worry free times as a child….the excitement of summer holidays….

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and warm long lazy days…

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I think we all crave that in the summer…

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along with some time to enjoy the rewards of hard work preparing;  pretty planters, veggie gardens,

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or just a nice  patch of freshly cut lush green  grass!

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Hope everyone has time to enjoy what ever it is that makes summer special to you 🙂

Happy Solstice and to all the Dads out there Happy Fathers Day!

Spring Greens in May

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It’s amazing  how quickly things grow at this time of year….

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and the different textures and shades are pretty too!

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In the flower garden it doesn’t take a lot of color to stand out….

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The veggie beds are exploding with Greens!

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New Zealand Oca looks like the perfect Shamrock.

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New transplants; are mostly all in…

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Strawberries have started to ripen but I thought this was a pretty mix of “green” May 2015 033

and the Jonagold apple is producing fruit ;0

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Potatoes are filling the pots and the Berry Trellis should be covered in Green, soon & berries too , I hope! May 2015 023

I love the color of this Grand Rapids Lettuce! It is huge and has great flavour …

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as do all the lovely assorted mix of prolific greens that spring provides…

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🙂

Spring Wildflowers

I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of some local wildflowers on our walk this morning …

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Trillium

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Blue Camus

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Chocolate Lily

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Fairy Slipper, they are so elusive and what a great name!

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I forget the names for these but love their colors!

July : In The Garden

Summer has truly arrived …

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I planted lots of Cosmos, one of my favorites for cut flowers too..

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Angels Fishing Rod flowering..

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more Cosmos..

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The Greenhouse Tomatoes ( Money Maker) have reached the roof

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and have several tomatoes…

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Thai Dragon Peppers are flowering..

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Cherry  Hot has a nice ripe pepper..

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Basil is taking off…

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Garlic has been pulled and hung up in the woodshed to dry…

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First of the Lemon Cucumbers ..

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Strawberries are slow but still in flower..

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First tomatoes of the season

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Walla Walla Oions…

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all of the Peas have been picked along with Fava Beans, the plants have been pulled out to make room for Eggplant and Gypsy Peppers July 2014 032

I love fresh peas and cant resist pulling a few off every time I walked by 🙂 I could have timed a second planting better…oh well..next year. The second crop has just been  planted,  for Fall….

April Showers…

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they are welcomed today, the garden is getting dry…..

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its also a good time to blog 😉

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The pansies are looking so cheery

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the daffodils are fading , but there is new growth coming up daily

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Earlier this month,it looked like the  tomatoes, cucumber & basil were all sick..I had moved them into the greenhouse, several weeks ago. Well, it must have been too early, the nights were too cold, even with a heater.. and perhaps there wasn’t enough light…

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once they were in the garage,  back on the grow stand, they picked up  and are growing really well!

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Whew!! Over 100 tomato plants !!!

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Cucumbers are also looking good, but, almost all of the basil, is gone…somethings don’t recover from a chill..I knew I was pushing it , starting them so early!!! Luckily its not too late to seed more..

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We also a few peppers, squash, eggplant and radishes sprouting under the lights….

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The strawberries have been transplanted after overwintering in the garden…

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they are in the greenhouse in gutters ! We’ve moved both gutters to the west side this year, we had much better production there , the east side is too hot!

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After only a couple of days, the flowers started to appear 🙂

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Here are few more pictures from the back yard…

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The Lilac is just starting to open …