My Annual Spring Garden Tour
I like to post a little tour of my garden at least twice a year to see how it progresses. It was just a grass lawn 3 years ago so in garden years it is still an infant.
Last summer was a total bust for gardening: so many other things pulled me away that I rarely got a chance to do anything other than keep the grass clipped (that’s bad!) and grow some veggies.
This year I’m determined to steal any moments I can to move things along and snap some photos as I go. After all, it is my happiest place on earth.
This past winter was so harsh and relentless and it set my garden back about a month. So June is the new May garden. Everything just coming into bloom would normally (if that word fits these days) have finished up by now.
Some of the big trees haven’t fully leafed yet. And I keep finding plants that the cold temperatures wiped out. Hence the urgent need for containers of annuals. We need colour, people! And let’s not have another winter like that one, thank you very much.
Here’s what’s new.
Sweet Basil – I Love You
That container in the middle of the photo (above) is my boyfriend Sweet Basil. I am hopelessly in love with the scent. Intoxicating, it is.
I’m also growing lavender, thyme, dill, oregano, and mint (in pots only: otherwise mint takes over the world). I keep these pots in my covered patio where they are easy to take clippings while preparing meals.
Flowers On The Patio
If you’re familiar with my How to grow a dream garden for $100 a year story, you know that for many years I set my budget for flowering annuals at just $10. When you’re trying to establish a sustainable perennial garden for very little money, you can’t really justify purchasing flowers that just last one season.
Needless to say, this year gets special treatment. I no longer have such a tight budget but also, I’m going whole hog for beauty this year and indulging in some colourful blooms. That winter was a soul-sucker and this is the tonic. The plants are still small right now but I feel better already.
Um, Who Is That I See In The Distance?
According to the Empress of Dirt Garden Calendar, it is actually the Year of the Rabbit. Zillions of them. I think there are 3 separate litters in various parts of the yard. I find them sleeping in the oddest spots, nibbling every possible plant, playing chase.
I managed to get this short video of their very silly morning antics (leap frog anyone?):
Yard Sale Martin House
This martin house wins as my favourite yard sale find so far. I doubt I’ll every put it up on a pole because I simply love it as a dollhouse-like addition to the garden. You can see I’ve blocked off the holes with poultry net for the sake of bird safety. Love it!
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The Star Veggie Patch
I was so late planting out these broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts starter plants that I thought they would walk themselves over and dig in.
Thank You Irises
Attention All Fairies
I have had this old suitcase for ages and suddenly realized it would be perfect for housing a fairy garden. This was another project I intended to do last year but never got around to. It works perfectly in the suitcase because I can move it around and put it where we can enjoy it.
If you want full step-by-step instructions, I’ve got a tutorial here on my blog at eBay.
Colour, At Last
This clematis deserves a big prize. It came from someone’s trash, has been transplanted several times, and still it delivers tons of flowers each year. A month later than usual, but that’s winter’s fault. Gorgeous thing.
Maple Sap Bucket Planters
Last year I found a bunch of old maple sap buckets at a yard sale. This year I finally got drainage holes drilled in the bottoms and they are my new favourite planters. Metal containers can heat up and dry soil if you’re not careful. I keep these ones in dappled shade and they do fine.
The base is an old milk can my mom gave me. Thanks!
Hey Rabbits, You Missed One
I have some other red poppies (perfect red – not too orange like this one) that the rabbits ate down to the ground last month. It was a disappointment as they are normally the heroes of the May garden. This week I discovered these orange ones coming into bloom. I started them from seed last year. At least the rabbits didn’t get all of them.
Fresh Salad Time
I had to dismantle my raised beds this spring to make room for some major fence repairs. My salad peas and greens have been relocated to a bed by the patio. Fortunately (I think), the rabbits are so busy eating everything else that they haven’t bothered with my edibles. Yet.
Fish Are Thriving
It was a big relief to find my fish survived the winter. The key is to never let the water freeze. It was so cold this year I had to both keep the recirculating pump going and add a surface heater.
Flower Power Forever
My trusty old stencilled wheelbarrow continues to be an awesome workhorse. For twenty bucks and some spray paint, I got a sweet deal.
And finally, it has been a stellar year for hummingbirds (and their sidekicks, the Baltimore Orioles). I got my Birdcam setup by the patio and I get hundreds of pics and videos each day confirming many different hummers are living nearby. And best of all, they don’t mind me working nearby while they feed.
I’m building a sun shelter/privacy wall on our patio and hoping to paint the vinyl shed, which is something I’ve been muttering about since we moved here. Let’s see how far I get! Perhaps the Year of the Rabbit will be a lucky one.