Monday, April 5, 2010

All About Gardens

Things have finally started to take off with our garden. I'm rapidly running out of places to put things! First, an inventory of things planted or soon to be:
  1. Strawberries
  2. Peaches
  3. Blackberries
  4. Snow Peas
  5. Lima Beans
  6. Peppers
  7. Tomatoes
  8. Spinach
  9. Buttercrunch Lettuce
  10. Red Leaf Lettuce
  11. "Salad Mix" Greens
  12. Zucchini
  13. Carrots
  14. Parsnips
  15. Asparagus
  16. Potatoes
  17. Shallots
  18. Cantaloupe
  19. Cilantro
  20. Parsley
  21. Basil
  22. Rosemary
  23. Chives
  24. Mint
  25. Lavender (barely)
  26. Sunflowers
  27. Honeysuckle
  28. Moss (random, yes I know)
Wow, have we been busy. Some of it, we bought as plants, but a lot of it I actually started from seed. I'm pretty pleased with myself in that respect.

The known world with respect to my garden:

We'll be looking here shortly for the moss that we received as Easter presents. Random, yes, but *B* does indeed like his moss.
Our lovely new Alabama Crimson Honeysuckle.
My tomatoes are coming up well!
A variety (left to right) salad mixes, spinaches, and tomatoes.
Of all my lavender plants, this is the only one to survive. I might have to supplement my lavender crop this year.
Lovely, hardy chives, rosemary, and basil. I'm so excited to have a real herb garden for once!
These peppers were on for a good price at our local Southern States. I hadn't bought seeds or started any, and I just couldn't pass them up.
An assortment of plants that I've been working with. There's cilantro and parsley, and the big guy in the corner is two different types of lettuce.
The first peep of yellow from my daffodils. How is it that everyone else's daffodils are in full bloom or dying off and ours are just beginning?
Now these, I'm fairly certain, are hostas. They are EVERYWHERE! The lady we bought the house from really had a thing for them.
In her excitement, Hailey has been jumping all over my blackberry, so we're fencing it tomorrow. For now the stakes have helped.
It has not helped, however, my crocuses. She crushed the flowers into oblivion.
This, Momzoo correctly identified as a forsythia. As soon as it bloomed, there was no question!
My peas are sprouting! After reading a publication from the UMD extension office, I though it would never happen. I'm so pleased to be wrong :o)
My lovely mint plant is really branching out!

Mysteries of the dirt:

Momzoo had identified these as possible daylillies, but I've yet to see any kind of bloom out of them. They are the second most abundant plant in the garden, aside from hostas.
This is some kind of vine, perhaps a honeysuckle. Does anyone know what it is?
Are these tulips? They don't appear to have any plans to produce flowers any time soon.
I love this bush, but have no idea what it is.
These grew up where I thought yuccas had once grown. Apparently not. Care to venture a guess?
I still have no clue on this sucker. Given that there are new growths out of the ground and a lot of mostly dead leaves around it, I'm thinking I should have cut it back last fall.
I think this might be a hibiscus bush. That's the only lead I have. One of these days I'll take a cutting into a nursery to find out for sure.
We all call this hens and chicks, but I'm fairly certain it's not. As I accidentally found out, each of those little leaf-flower-thingies has its own root system, kind of like a tuber.


  1. I think your tulips may be irises. Maybe. The bottom might be sedum. It took over my flowerbed when I was a kid!

  2. I say Irises too. Those are definatly Daylilies, they won't bloom until July. The bottom picture is sedum.

  3. The ones you think are Yucca, I am guessing is some type of aster.

  4. The sebum is right, and my mom says the third from the bottom is hellebore. I've never heard of it before. She says it's also called a Christmas rose. Good to know on the daylilies - I had worried I killed them somehow :o)