Saturday, June 30, 2012
Does anything say "Summer" more than beautiful, happy Sunflowers! According to my little Curious Gardener's Almanac - "The Sunflower is a native plant of the Americas, where the Indians used its seed as an important source of food. The Incas of Peru were sun worshippers and used it in religious ceremonies. The sunflower leans toward the sun in a process known as "heliotropism."
I know we have all driven by fields of sunflowers amazed how each tall flower has it's face turned toward the sun. Sunflowers are a fun flower to grow in your own garden too. I planted a few seeds in my little veggie garden area; right by the fence. I enjoyed watching them grow, getting large buds, and eventually opening up to a very big showy flower. Usually I save my seed packets, but sadly did not keep this one. All I know is that it was a mixed variety. So...enjoy some "sun" from my garden today.
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment."
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
We have a tiny little veggie garden area right outside the backyard fence. There is not room for much; we have tomatoes, peppers, and this year planted green beans. I was looking at the flower seeds at Walmart back in early Spring and saw packages of Burpee "Roma II" beans. I know nothing about varieties of seeds, but the word "Italian Cut" caught my eye. I love the big wide green beans, but can never find them here at markets. So---I decided to try seeds. They started slowly--which was probably the gardener's fault as she planted them rather early in the season--but really began to grow once the weather warmed up..and we got some much needed rain. And before I knew it--time to pick!
Nice harvest from a small little garden I would say. I had some for us, some to share, and still plenty for the freezer. Pass the cornbread please!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
We love to feed the birds....winter, summer, spring and fall! It is such a pleasure to sit every morning with coffee in hand watching all our fine feathered friends fly about our yard. Except...oh the mess the
bird feeders make!
Can you see all the seed on the ground? When the rains came and warmer weather followed, the seeds germinated and in came the
W E E D S !
As you can see, the seed is thick. Part of the problem is that the pesky squirrels dump the seed out of the tubular feeders trying to get a snack. But--I can't blame them totally because the sparrows are the other problem. They must be really picky eaters. We watch them scatter the seed looking for their favorite. Kind of like digging through a bag of chocolate searching for the one you like I suppose. But, this kind gardener had grown very tired of a constant bird seed mess. Ugh. So...two of the feeders came down (there is plenty to eat now anyway) and the area was cleared out. I dug out the top layer of soil which was nothing but layers of seed, and put down newspaper, then topsoil. Then I took some of our left over flagstone and covered the soil, then topped it off with mulch. It looks so much better!
I added some flagstone on top so we could step in the garden to fill the one remaining feeder that sits at the top of the black pole you can see in this picture.
I then added two blackfoot daisies and a Rudbeckia (Prarie Sun) to the new area. I hated to pull out all the clasping coneflowers, but they were going to seed anyway and the wind was making them fall over which made this bed look even worse.