Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Serenity

Because I think we could all use some serenity, great shots from commentor Dan B:

I think the pictures were taken in south Bellevue, Wa, across Lake Washington from Seattle.

Wobbles the kitty would be in a garden in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

I’m finally starting to get some ripe tomatoes from my rootpouch ‘garden’ north of Boston. Ate the first fine, fat Carmello with some marinated feta from a local farmstand and a little olive oil… and remembered why I go to so much trouble and aggravation every spring!

What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?


Fresh off the vine:

I had not inspected the tomatoes since Tuesday when I watered (we’ve been in a dry spell here, which started approximately the minute I planted the willow tree), and on about four of my plants a full third of the plant had been defoliated by hookworms. Taylor and I just sat on the ground for about 45 minutes and picked a dozen of the bastards. I don’t want to use BT if I don’t have to, so I’m just going to be on these worms like ugly on an ape for a few days. Fuckers.

They worked QUICK, too. It was seriously only about 48 hours. A few of them were three to four inches long and as wide as a sharpie.

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Blooming in the Northwest

Vistas of a perfect summer afternoon, from ever-reliable gardener and commentor Opie Jeanne:

Pink cranesbill, related to geraniums.

Our back driveway hasn’t been mowed yet this year.


Annie in the jungle under the pear trees.

Blue cranesbill.


This white flower is supposed to repel snails and slugs, and I can’t remember its name. I don’t think it does much except for itself.

Clematis, Sally Holmes roses, and cranesbill.


What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Not An Expected Visitor…

From indefatiguable gardener / commentor Ozark Hillbilly:

We had a visitor… All pics and video by my wife from her cell phone

(There was also a short video, but I can’t figure out how to embed .mov files on FYWP.)

Backyard bears are a common enough sight in eastern Massachusetts that the state government has a web page about them. But then, unlike OH’s neighborhood, we get the video clips on the nightly news because The Responsible Authorities are never more than a few minutes away!


Not exactly garden-related, but we’ve just capped several thoroughly disruptive weeks revolving around a caravan to Michigan (pursuant to the ancient folk ritual of celebrating a family wedding by rigorously stress-testing one’s own) with the news that the mystery plumbing back-up in the basement is related to ‘a big clog out where the pipe joins the city line’. And while there’s a temporary fix in place, a permanent resolution will involve paying to have the public street dug up, at the predicted cost of ‘some tens of thousands of dollars.’ I have an uneasy feeling this is going to be one of those catastrophes that our home insurance doesn’t cover, of course…

What’s going on in your garden(s) this week?

Thursday Morning Garden Chat: Shade Corner

Because we deserve a break, here’s the promised second half of commentor Misamericanthrope‘s lovely arrangements:

The shade corner of my garden was the last thing to come together this year. It’s jam-packed and I am hopeful that it will be even more spectacular mid-season. I have included a close-up of the Fuchsia “Autumnale” blooms [top pic]. I generally buy it for its foliage so the hearty blooms were a pleasant surprise.

Across from the shade corner is a pot near the rear entrance to my building. This grouping features Purple Heart, Euphorbia, and Dorotheanthus.

And lastly, here’s a photo of the plantings on a friend’s front porch that I put together. I made her the concrete planters a few years back and now it is a Spring ritual to fill them up.

So lovely — and so restful!

Late Night Open Thread: Gamerz & Luzers

The Spousal Unit is on vacation this week, and there was much smack talked about Accomplishing Projects around the house / yard, but it’s been almost 100 degrees for the last three days and there’s only so much the window air conditioning units can do against the officially ‘oppressive’ humidity. We did get to the garden center today, and by a miracle I actually found annuals to fill out the remaining flower spaces that met both my critical standards and those of Himself… but that means being outside in the damned daytime tomorrow, hauling planters & shifting dirt. If you don’t see any posts with my name, either the heat got me or I’ve been arrested for spousal murder.

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Ready for Their Close-Ups

From “long time reader… infrequent commenter” Misamericanthrope:

I have in the past offered up a report at the end of the season, but with the dark days that we are experiencing now, I feel the need to share some garden pics. Helps to keep me sane!

This batch of photos will be primarily close-ups of early Summer progress. I’ll be sure to send an update with vista views at the end of the season.

First up are some Lorenziana blooms. Lorenziana is a type of Gaillardia, also known as “Blanket Flower”. Got it as a freebie in a seed order so decided to give it a try. The foliage is particularly weedy, so I was initially disappointed, but now that the blooms are taking off, I am quite happy with them. They would probably be best situated in the middle or the back of a bed with a shorter plant in front to hide the not-very-pretty foliage.

Next up is a Salpiglossis “Kew Blue”. They are just beginning their bloom cycle. Behind them in this photo is a “Green Mist” Laceflower. No blooms yet on them, but their lacy foliage is already a welcome addition.

Over-wintered this “Campfire” Coleus and took a fresh cutting to plant outdoors. It’s booming and the color seems to intensify daily.

My Clematis that I planted last year is finally producing a solid bloom yield. This variety is unfortunately called “Mr. President”. Ugh.

This is the first of two parts — next week (or maybe Wednesday, if there’s not too much news), photos from Misamericanthrope‘s shade garden!

It’s been a screwy year here north of Boston. Between hard frosts lasting well into April, followed immediately by midsummer-like temps in May, the local garden chains didn’t have any of the usual early-spring bedding pansies I adore. And in the mid-May rush to get my mail-order tomatoes transplanted, I seem to have missed the window for the annuals I count on for quick color. We did find some (well-grown, heinously expensive) lobelia, but I’m gonna have to experiment with new-to-me plants so the boxes and spaces at the front of my flower beds don’t sit empty…

What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?