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Front Yard Flower Update

I added some nice brick edging around the lawn and did some weed management. The flowers are blooming and it’s looking great.

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I love the Alliums. They are like purple fireworks. The Creeping Phlox is also looking great. I’m glad I went with a single color scheme.

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I’ve got a nice planter with that carries the purple over.

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I had hoped my Columbines would be the purple variety but no luck there. I may move them into my shade bed in the back and replace them with purple ones out front.

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They are such cool flowers though.

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And the hosta and periwinkle are doing well. The periwinkle (also called Vinca) is slowly filling out though not as fast as I would like. I need to fertilize a bit to get him to spread. I love that hosta but I’m not sure the placement is best. I may move him to the back shade bed as well.

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I also plated some pansies in-ground and they are flowering profusely. I love pansies. They always make me think of Alice In Wonderland.

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Sarah

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  1. 5/30/2014 | 8:02 am Permalink

    Wow, your yard looks fantastic. I wish I was there to see it in person. Miss you

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First Produce

I’ve officially harvested my first produce of the season. Some beautiful red Radishes. I only got 6 (the bunnies LOVE them) but they did a great job letting me plant something super early this spring.

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In other news, Vector has made a new friend. His most favorite thing is to sit in this open window and let this mockingbird hollar at him for hours. The bird must have a nest nearby but the powerlines are just feet away from the window where Vector is happily sitting in the breeze.

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The mockingbird makes quite a racket and Vector seems 100% unfazed by the mockingbird’s attempts to scare him off.

The mockingbird is a pretty little thing with beautiful markings on his tail. Every-time he calls, his tail pops up which is quite charming. I just wish he had some prettier sounds in his repertoire. For the most part it’s Squirrel crying and Grackle caws. I was beautiful church bell chimes and morning dove cooing.

I haven’t caught a good picture of Mr. Mockingbird but a far better photographer than me has this picture up on Wikipedia:

There is a romance around the mockingbird (as well as quite a few literary references) and despite it’s annoying crying, I know Vector is enjoying his new buddy.  Although, probably not as much as if he could catch the bugger!

Sarah

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Rain Barrel Setup

I’ve finally got the rain barrel set up. We cut off the gutters and used a cheap plastic diverter to direct the flow into the barrel. I built a platform out of bricks I had lying around and ran a length of hose under the deck for the overflow.

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It turned out so well, I think we’re going to try to build another one for the other side of the house. It’s so nice to be able to divert the overflow a hose-length away from the house and I’ve been using the water for my plants as an added bonus!

Sarah

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Veggie Garden Update

Sugar Snap Peas still a bit on the small side. I’m not sure we will get any fruit this year.

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I’ve planted some tomatoes already. I’ve got a Roma, an early, and 2 cherries.

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I’ve got some radishes ready to be picked.

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And we have the cutest bunnies ever. They haven’t seemed to bother the gardens at all. They seem to prefer the clover and violets in the lawn.

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The blueberry plants I planted are looking great. They are really filling out well.

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Labor Day is next weekend and I’m planning on planting the final plants: Cucumbers, Squash, and Zucchini. I’ve also got a ton of zinnias started that need another week to mature and I’ll toss them in the ground.

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Summer is nearly here!

Sarah

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  1. 5/24/2014 | 8:58 pm Permalink

    I’ve had a bunch of cherry tomatoes. Summer is here for us but we have had a very nice spring. Love your garden. Thanks for sharing

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