I just found a file with a bunch of pictures from April when the garden was looking so fresh and happy so I thought I would share them. I know I tend to complain about gardening a bit sometimes (also known as whining and moaning) so I thought I would show that sometimes it is all worth it. This is a part one because I have heaps and gobs of photos that I will eventually subject you to, but for now this is the garden as it was in April.
The foreground in this view is one of our original garden beds, now devoted mostly to ornamental plants and flowers. This is mostly due to it harboring a very determined number of snails and slugs who have shown a tremendous resilience to all organic solutions. We have tried snail bait, copper strips, ceder granules and egg shells and it hasn't even slowed them down. We tried a beer bait lure that is supposed to entice them into drowning themselves and I think they just threw a party. So now we don't put vegetable plants here because somehow it is less aggravating to us for them to eat the ornamentals - that way at least they are not competing for our food supply.
The middle ground to the right is another one of our original garden beds and it is hosting the cucumber patch this year. The middle ground to the left is one of our many water stations, this one in the form of a bird bath surrounded by shrimp plant. In the background you can see the cedar fence and part of the seven garden beds we created this year.
Here is a closer view of the birdbath and behind that you can see the tomatoes plants when they were still a reasonable size and I was all enthused about staking and trellising them.
Here are the tomato bushes up close. There are three of them and they used to have actual space between them. I was valiantly trying to make them be good neighbors but even this early in the season they were proving very resistant to anything that controlled their exuberant growth. At this point they are about 4 feet tall. If you look to the lower left of the picture you can see a green tomato, one of the many these plants produced.
|Here is a closeup of one of the tomato blossoms.|
|This is a photo of one of the first new beds we created this year. It has been growing since the winter and survived through two low twenties freezes. In the background is Swiss Chard and in front are some onions.|
|Here is a ground level wildlife watering stations backed by purple canna and a blooming white crinum on the left.|
|So, we gave Trudy her own Border Collie bath. She can't get enough of it. One of her favorite things to do is stick her face into it and blow bubbles through her nose. Sometimes I stock her bath with baby carrots so she has something to dive for.|
|This anole lizard probably wants to visit the watering station since at this point in the year it had been months since there was any appreciable rain. He is however a wary lizard which will serve him well.|
|This lizard on the other hand is not as wary.|
|He is interested in perpetuating his species and is doing the equivalent of flashing his mighty biceps to any female lizards in the area.|
|Here is Trudy looking slightly guilty about catching lizards. Or maybe she is off to catch one and is seeing if I am paying attention to her.|
|Here is Trudy pleading to have her lizard back again. Or maybe she wants more baby carrots in her pool.|
|This is the female bloom of the cucumber and if it is fertilized...|
|Not everything in the garden is planted in the ground. Here are a few of the pots of ornamental plants with an orange calibrachoa in the front and nasturtiums and viola in the back.|
|Here is a closer view of the nasturtiums. Technically they are edible, but far too pretty to eat.|
|Here is a closeup of the viola, one of my favorite varieties. I forget what they are really called - I call them the Monkey faced violas - they look like they belong in the Wizard of Oz.|
|Here is another of the ornamentals - a scaevola, which I first tried last year. It is supposedly a perennial but right now just an annual for me until I figure out how to stop killing it.|