Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chocolate Cosmos

My mom told me I HAD to grow these this year. I assumed it would be no big deal. I'd just get a packet of seeds, since cosmos are easy to grow. Wrong. These cosmos aren't available as seed. The plants are sterile and only available through propagation. I did locate two plants. They do smell just like chocolate.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Volunteer Potato Plant?

I guess I missed a spud during last year's harvest. The blue is tulle that protected the snow peas I'm growing in this bed this year...along with the "volunteer" potato.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rose Conversations

Orange roses are my favorite for color in the garden, but I've yet to find one with much of a scent.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Unwanted Rose?

It looks like my lovely lavender rose has been taken over by the root stock. Over time, this can happen to grafted roses. I try to buy non-grafted roses, but this one was an unmarked bargain bin plant I found about 8 years ago.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas

The strategy of covering the young seedlings with tulle worked to keep the birds at bay. One side of the pea fence is snow peas and the other side is sugar snap peas. I can't remember which is which, but we'll know when the peas set.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Zinnia Plantings

Zinnia babies just planted. Probably blooms by next month.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Squash Bug Panic

My daughter was upset to find this green bug on the new chocolate cosmos plant this morning. She was afraid it was a young squash bug [shudder]. I don't think it is, but I gave it a solid squish and flick, just to be on the safe side.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tomato Cages and a Cucumber Ladder

The garden beds are all ready. I have room for 10 tomato plants in the cages. The last photo is a new structure - made from old pieces of metal, spray-painted pink. I'm going to try cucumbers on that one.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ladybug Eggs

Nature's bug warriors are fortifying the troops.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Purple! Lupine

I've had pink lupine blooming in my garden for years, so this was a surprise to see. Love it! Can't wait until it fully opens.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Pretty Weed

I have pulled dozens of these plants out of the yard every year for 11 years. They might be winning. These are cornflowers.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


That's what my kiddo used to call them. These are "baby" strawberries, though.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chickadee - Love This Bird

We have a pair of black-capped chickadees in the neighborhood this year.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Purple Columbine

Pretty flower that I *didn't* plant. It's an appreciated volunteer.