Friday, June 29, 2012

Meet "George"

Every year I always seem to have cat bird in the garden that follows me around.  Every year I call him "George".  This year he patiently waits for me to finish what I am doing and then feasts on the disturbed bugs.  Yesterday he even posed for a picture.

Today the temperature was 101 degrees, breaking the record.  As I sit here, the temp is 88 degrees with a verified tornado on the ground about 50 miles away, moving in this direction.  I hope "George" is in his little storm cellar!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


The heat returned today with a vengeance.  The five days stretch of gorgeous weather is over.  While it did get to the mid 90's today, the heat's pal, humidity has not yet arrived. 

The drive way bed is sarting to take off. It was planted a bit later than last year, but seems to have almost caught up growth wise.

'Purple Ruffles' basil, 'Spun Gold' marigolds, 'Tennessee Spice' pepper and 'Coastal Pride Orange' tomato.

'Siam Queen' and 'Purple Ruffles' basil.

'Coastal Pride Orange' tomato from seed sent by Granny.

Volunteer 'Sweet 16' cosmos, basil, marild, tomato, sweet pepper and 'Cherry Brandy' rudbeckia.

Close up of 'Sweet 16' cosmos.

Close up of 'Cherry Brandy' rudbeckia.
In the potager the tomatoes and bush beans are also growing fast.  The polebeans are now at the top of the poles and should start blooming soon.

The dayliles are now passed their peak.  Those in bloom are still lovely.
'Out in Style'

'Pink Intrigue'

'Janet Benz'

'Ebony Jewel'

'Arctic Snow'
I'm still working on some on going projects.  The pea seeds have mostly been harvested.  When the vines come out, I'll be putting in a row of pole beans to grow up the fence.  The front of this section will temporarily house daylilies and iris after dividing.  I wish I had a month off from work to redo all my beds.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Harvest Monday- June 25, 2012

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne's Dandelions.  Stop by and show off your harvest.

The first of the beets were ready this week.  The white beets were started under lights and transplanted into the garden.  The red were pre-sprouted and direct sown.
I roasted the beets and was amazed at how sweet the white are!  I'll be planting more white beets this fall.  The white ones do oxidize after being cut and the cut surface does turn a bit gray.

The rest of the harvest was lettuce.  The heat wave caused the bulk of the spring lettuce to bolt.  The exception is 'Gentilina'.  The loose heads just get bulkier and the texture is still incredibly crisp.

My two favorite varieties this year.  'Gentilina' backed by 'Ruby'.

This was the first year I've grown a butter head well!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Today in the Garden- June 24, 2012

Not much is going on.  The temperature has gone done ten degrees, but it is till in the low 90's.  I've been getting a little more planting done, but the bulk of my involvement has been watering. 

The tomatoes and beans are loving this weather and growing fast.

'Victor' tomatoes backed by pole beans.

The bush beans planted at the beginning of the month.

The lettuce in pool bed #2 has begun to bolt.  The three that I am letting got to seed look quite ornamental.

The bolting lettuce looks like Christmas trees.
The daylilies continue to delight.

'At First Blush'

'Ed Brown'

'Victorian Collar'

'Tuscawilla Blackout', this picture shows the true color.

'Avante Garde'

Clump of 'Tuscawilla Blackout' backed by 'Avante Garde'.

'Pearl Harbor'
There are other things blooming as well.

First sweet pea bloom, 'Villa Roma Pink/White'.

'Arizona Apricot' gaillardia.

'Arizona Sun' gaillardia.

'Peppermint' balsam.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Part 2

More of the daylilies that ere coming into their peak bloom.

"Huckleberry Candy

'Northern Fancy'

'Full Moon Magic'


'Purely Exotic'

'Tuscawilla Blackout'

'Spacecoast Krinkles'

Diploid seedling.

'Baby Lemonade' and 'Innocent Blush'

'Baby Lemonade'

'Spacecoast Starburst'

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Daylily Peak Bloom

It is no secret that I love daylilies.  Right now they are coming into their peak bloom time.  Every day is a constant change of scenery as the old blooms close and new ones open.  Next year the show should be incredible as this year I'm going to divide them and redo the beds.
Here is a sampling, I'll be posting a lot more pictures this week.

'Little Mystic Moon'

'Huckleberry Candy' and 'Mayfair Morning'

'Regency Fortune'

'Spacecoast Perfect Angel'

'Spacecoast Child Star'

'Cheddar Cheese' the bloom is actually more orange in tone.

'Inherited Wealth'

'Pink Ambrosia'

'Blazing Flame'

'Diamond Tiara'