What’s growing in my garden.

I’m enjoying the garden so much these warm summer days, I had to take some pictures. I guess it is something like having a new baby who is always changing — makes you want to capture some of the wonderfulness before it’s gone forever. My memory alone is not up to the task, that’s for sure.

Most of our vegetables this year are just to the right when we step out the back door, just off the patio.

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In the last couple of years we made a big effort to improve the soil and ended up with such a huge crop of tomatoes we couldn’t use half of them. I gave away a lot, and froze many quarts, which are mostly still in the freezer.

When I started popping cherry tomatoes into my mouth like candy last July I suffered some ill effects from all the acid, so I have learned to be moderate, and Mr. Glad always was restrained in his consumption of the fruits. This year we planted half as many tomato plants so that left room for some zucchini, which is bearing now. It’s been several years since we grew zucchini; I love to stir-fry it with red bell peppers and maybe some chili powder until it is toasty brown on the edges.

Remember the seeds my friend bought me at The Seed Bafennel 6-14nk? Now the little fennel plants that came up from them have grown taller, feathery and bright. I have to keep pulling out the nasturtiums that are trying to take over that area. Don’t know if the fennel will have enough summer to mature, because as I mentioned, the Baker’s Seeds packets don’t tell you how many days to maturity, and who thinks of looking up that kind of thing once you have got back in the house and need to get on with other things.

I like to do my gardening and garden-thinking in the garden. I guess that’s one reason I can’t settle down and enjoy Gladys Taber. I borrowed three books by her from the library hoping I could share the joy of her with other bloggers. I found that I don’t have the patience. I can’t enjoy reading about her homesteading because my own is more compelling. And if I’m going to ignore my housework and garden it has to be for the sake of reading and writing about some other realm.

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Blues and Greens – lamb’s ears and salvia

Or maybe just writing a blog post about my garden or house. Don’t you think if Gladys were alive today she would have a blog? And I would read it, I’m sure. Though I prefer to read the blogs of people who are alive and with whom I can have more of a give-and-take, practical relationship.

Then there is the fact that Gladys lived in New England and so many of the plants and the climate are unknown to me. I’d rather spend a couple of hours trying to identify a local plant than read Gladys’s truly lovely prose about her world. mystery salvia plant 1

Here is a salvia plant I spent a good hour trying to identify, anmystery salvia bloomd which has been growing in my garden for a few years. The leaves get to be more than 10″ wide, and the flower spikes over 3″ high.

I’ve looked at a slew of pictures and descriptions of salvias but not one looks like this one. Maybe the nursery where I bought it developed it – I might take my pictures there and ask them.

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I think it looks really pretty growing into the peeling manzanita, with a little red valerian in there for accent color.

new olive 6-14I bought a new little olive tree! It was at the grocery store and was marked down 50%, and I thought it had been pruned into a very nice shape….could not resist.

So now I am the proud owner of two olive trees. The one I received as a birthday present a few years ago grew very gangly before Mr. Glad pointed out to me that it needed some training. This one seems to be off to a better start already, but it will want a bigger home soon.

I still have roses and more in pots. This last picture features the bushy variegated thyme that I always like to have around. A couple of times a year I shear it to keep it bushy, and it is forgiving if I am irregular with the water. I’m a pretty irregular gardener all around, and I specialize in growing generous and longsuffering species. Summer is also the generous season in the garden, so I am blessed.

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13 thoughts on “What’s growing in my garden.

  1. I love visiting in your garden. I could bring some of my Camomile tea I have in my garden out my back door. πŸ™‚ I am that way with dear Mrs. Tabor. I love to visit with her about once a month. I just can’t sit and read her very long. I like real people and reading day to day. I am almost sure she would be a delightful blogger.
    Gardens are such a comfort. I always feel so happy in mine.
    I wish you blessings today. Thank you for sharing,
    Kim

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  2. Beautiful photos. The salvia & valerian are SO nice next to the manzanita – that’s something I wish we had down here (manzanita). Succulents we DO have, and I love mixing them in pots with other things nearby, as you have done. May your garden always be a source of comfort and delight.

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  3. Did I give you some yellow King of Siberia tomato seeds? If not, I meant to, since you gave me the Michael Pollan seeds! The yellow ones seem to be lower in acid than most red tomatoes.

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  4. My garden is still a little spotty and spindly. I’m hoping the zucchini and summer squash, at least, will produce something. I don’t hold out much hope for the winter squashes at this late date. It’s just been too cool! I’m a very fickle gardener, myself. I start out okay, but my interest dwindles. Maybe I’m too busy reading about GT’s garden instead, lol! I think I need to spend most of my outdoor time mowing right now! But I do look forward to the sunflowers. I think they’ll make it. My foxgloves are just 2″ tall mounds of leaves. Not promising. Enjoy your garden!

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  5. I just love walking through your garden with you. I have to regulate my tomato consumption when they are ripening. All I want to eat are tomatoes and they tend to give me canker sores when I overdo it.

    I love GT and sometimes when I read her, I get all excited to get back outside and do something or bake something or whatever her suggestion in the book was. But I totally understand about wanting to be “doing” it rather than reading about it. I enjoy reading her in winter when I’m dreaming about gardening and all that spring and summer brings.

    Your pots are pretty. I have a hen & chicks that is growing tall, like a tower. If I break it off and set it into some soil, will she grow again? She’s got some “chicks” spreading out underneath her now too.

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    1. I predict it will grow again – but I personally would wait and see how high she goes πŸ™‚ I thought hens & chicks were more drought-tolerant than they are. I planted some between the sidewalk and a light pole and they have shriveled away…

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  6. I like reading Gladys a little bit at a time. I love reading about gardening and feel fortunate to have the books of Elizabeth Lawrence, a well-known gardener who lived in Raleigh, then Charlotte. It’s nice to read about your own region. Still, I like looking at your garden very much, which is not so different from my own, but different enough.

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  7. Your yard is very inviting with all the lovely things growing and it looks like a very peaceful place. My turks cap and garden phlox only just bloomed this past week. The phlox was transplanted from our old house so this is the first time in 3 years since it has bloomed. I’m happy happy about it, too. πŸ™‚

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  8. I adore Gladys as well but don’t think she’d enjoy the way life has gotten so fast. I think she’d still choose to live slowly, savoring her days and evenings, the comfy chair by the fire, the dogs and a good meal. I can’t imagine having olive trees…how delightful, Gretchen. My fennel is over 6 feet tall and growing still. It returns year after year and moves about.

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  9. Delightful! Improving your soil has paid big dividends, certainly. There are so many varieties of salvias, I’d be hard-pressed to put a name to your blue beauty. I wish mine were doing better. I have a feeling I may be coddling them too much.

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