I haven't posted anything about my gardening efforts all spring :-( So I'm making up for it today with a whole slew of photos showing how things have gone in June and into July.
First, this is what our raised-bed vegetable garden looked like in early June:
|Tiny pepper plants along one side, garlic in the center, and peas along the edges.|
Okay, on to the container garden! Here's how it was in very early June:
Those brown pots with double layers are full of marigolds grown from seeds I harvested from last year's plants. The two matching middle pots have nasturtiums also grown from last year's harvested seeds, and they didn't all come up, so I bought some "lemon bell" calibrachoas to fill in the gaps. The middle pot is entirely purslane, also from seeds I harvested last year. The pots up on the three-level plant stand belong to my kids. They have nasturtiums in the back, and then store-bought portulacas in the front. That little painted pot in front of the plant stand just has more calibrachoas and petunias that came in a "planter ready" pot that I got 75% off at the plant store because it wasn't currently blooming.
Down the two little steps are my lavender plants. I need to put these in the ground and meant to do it this spring, but then I was gone nearly 4 weeks in May, so it didn't happen :-(
Now for the close-ups! Here's the lavender:
That store-bought "planter-ready" mix. Unhappily, we have a groundhog in the neighborhood that likes to munch these calibrachoas sometimes.
|"Lemon Bell" calibrachoas in the bigger planters with the nasturtiums.|
Here's how things were looking 10 days ago. This is basically how it still looks now, except that there are some marigolds opening now.
That naughty groundhog ate all the nasturtiums in Tootie's pot, so I let her pick out a replacement at the local nursery, and she chose this bright vinca:
The blooms are so pretty as they unfurl!
Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!