Friday, July 6, 2012

Joni and Steven's Adventures In Gardening

West side of the patioHere’s the west edge of the patio. I dug these flower beds and put down the brick border earlier in the summer and now things are finally beginning to grow and bloom! In the lower part of the picture are marigolds and zinnias and a couple of hollyhocks. The marigolds took a long time but they are finally beginning to take off and if you look carefully you can see that a couple of zinnias have finally bloomed as well. Still nothing but leaves on the hollyhocks. The upper part of the picture is where I transplanted some mint. The first time I tried they all died. The second time it was touch and go for a while but they finally took hold and now they are looking pretty good.

Close up of marigoldsHere’s a close up of the marigolds. I didn’t get a very good picture but you can see that we were lucky enough to get a nice variety of colors. We waited a long time for these but it was worth it!

North side of patioHere’s the north edge of the patio. Last year this was a huge patch of wild marijuana plants. Now it’s more zinnias, hollyhocks, and marigolds. Things don’t seem to grow quite as well here, probably because it doesn’t get as much sun. We are finally getting blossoms though.

Back stepsHere are our back steps showing the rest of the brick work I did and a different angle of the marigolds and zinnias. There are some pansies in there as well but the heat is getting to them and I caught them on a bad day. Take a look at that hollyhock right beside the milk can. Are those leaves unnaturally large? None of the others have leaves nearly that big. Maybe it’s a mutant!

Transplanted grass at the back stepsHere are the back steps again and some grass that I am trying to grow here. This was nothing but a big hole that filled up with water everytime it rains. I cut out some sections of sod from remote areas of the yard and brought them up here. It looks like it’s dying but who knows. I just hope it comes back next year and fills in a bit. Anyway, this looks a lot better than it did before. The red brick tiles are from Mom!

Daisy growing wildThis little fella is growing up on the side of our garden shed. We don’t know where he came from, but we’re sure glad to have him!

Sunflowers out by the country fenceHere are some sunflowers I planted out by the country fence. They sure are getting tall! Yes, it’s that windy!

Garden and tiresHere’s a wider view of Pumpkin Patch Central showing the tires I planted. Yep, those are the old tires off my truck. I put them there back in April I think but they still haven’t sprouted any new tires yet. And yes, that’s a huge marijuana plant growing there. They grow in huge bunches everywhere out here if you don’t take care of them. The birds really love them and therefore Joni really loves them so I left a couple growing here and there.

1 comment:

  1. Geez! It is wild Ditch weed! Weeds grow with no care or water, as you see, but yes...our garden grows!! Yay!!