Monday, May 19, 2008

Gardens are In!

I was able to get my gardens finished just in the nick of time for planting. This year I am concentrating on 2-gardens. I created new vegetable garden and replanting a existing perennial garden with a rock wall next to our deck.
I was able finished both this past weekend which was next to amazing with a 7 month old. I was able to till and prep the soil in the vegetable garden and plant carrots, beets, onions, and sweet peas. I may be a little late with the carrots.
The old perennial garden was a bit of a job due to the hostile day lily take over. They multiplied everywhere, I know I will be pulling new sprouts out all summer. I decided to checked out the Beaver Lake nature center plant sale and I was able buy some really nice plants and receive a lot of help and information from their experts.

Being the new gardener I am, I started seeds in little grow pots this year. My husband thought I was crazy and told me I should buy my vegetable/herb plant more mature. But no.....I had to start seedlings from scratch. I planted the seedlings about a month ago they were doing so well I was so proud of their progress. I decided to put them outside to acclimate them and to give them some fresh air, my unfortunate mistake was I set them in the sun instead of the shade. I fried my little seedling. The Lupines were a few of the survivors pictures below. I guess I will be buying plants this year. I think that gardening is going to be a learning experience for me.



On Mother's day weekend we had an outing to a private garden http://.sycamorehillgardens.com/ near us. I had been dieing to see this house and grounds every time I pass it I had no idea that they opened it up to the public a few times a year. The grounds were an amazing 25 aces of beautiful and different gardens with all sorts of interesting species of plants, swan ponds, stone towers and statues. They had a variety of evergreen trees large and dwarfed that looked like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book.

Along with the enchanting garden there were beautiful statues. A huge chicken statue was housed next to this adorable cottage




It was very inspirational to see this house and garden and what an incredible job these people have done. The great thing it was to support Baltimore Woods-http://www.takeahike.org/

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