I was out in my garden early this morning soaking in the crisp spring air and enjoying the peace and birdsong. It was still rather shady as the sun wasn’t high in the sky yet. Later on in the day everything will be totally saturated with sunshine. Here are some pictures I took to share!
The first thing I see when walking outside is my rose garden and nectarine tree. The miniature roses in the picture below are some of my favorites. I like their creamy mix of apricot and pink. We have a LOT of rose bushes. Some of them are in my rose garden and many of the rest line most of the entire backyard fence. They are easy to grow here and we don’t need to do much other than water them occasionally and trim them once or twice a year. I shouldn’t say “we”, lol. My husband does most of the work when it comes to the roses.
Yes, that is grass I need to weed, lol.
Some more roses:
I get to see that view as I sit at my computer. It’s a lovely thing to look at when I’m busy working all day! There is a birdbath that is frequently visited nearby. The hummingbird & oriole feeders are visited all day long, too!
After the rose bed, is a right turn to the orchard gate. Most of our fruit trees are in this section of the yard. The pomegranate is already blooming:
…and the pear tree is making pears for the FIRST time! I’m so excited! We’ve been waiting 5 or 6 years for the silly thing to produce anything other than snowball flowers in spring. We don’t know what kind of pear tree it is, so I’m looking forward to finding out. I think it might be a Bartlett.
Here’s an apricot that hasn’t turned orange yet:
Past our backyard orchard, we have a fenced off garden area. It’s fenced off to keep the mutt out. The first year we had him, he thought it was his personal snack bar. Yes, my dog likes veggies.
Someday we are going to put pea gravel or crushed granite over the garden paths. Right now they are still a bit messy looking with just plain packed down dirt (and winter weeds). My husband recycled some plastic fencing so I can have a framework to grow things like squash and melons or beans or whatever. My husband also recently put in the drip irrigation, which doesn’t look pretty but will save us a lot of water. The crazy looking white pipes sticking up in the corners of the beds aren’t related to the irrigation. They are just pieces of junk pipe I stuck in dirt to keep the hose from slipping into the area where the plants are when I drag it around. The bucket is to catch drips from where the hose plugs into the irrigation system. I lug the bucket of water around to water other things after it fills up.
The plants in the tubs in the foreground are our new Southern Highbush blueberry plants. They are a Misty, O’Neal, and a Jubilee. We are growing them in containers so we can more easily make the soil acidic. They will grow to be about 4-5 ft. high.
There is another garden bed that you can’t see in the picture. We have 7 altogether, plus another container where I’m currently growing a pepper plant, cilantro and chives. There are also 5 grapevines in the garden area, an orange tree, a candy-cot tree and a Honeycrisp apple.
If you leave the cilantro alone, it will turn into coriander later. I learned that last year when some of it grew tall and flowered and then made coriander seeds, lol. Here’s a picture I took last year of the cilantro turned coriander:
Here are some peas. They are bush peas so they don’t climb. The leaves look a little chewed up and spotty. I’m not sure why. The peas themselves are delicious and crispy. I didn’t plant enough of them this year as I totally overestimated their space requirement. I’ll try planting some again this fall, when the weather cools off.
We also have bush beans:
I learned last year to plant the bush beans much earlier in the year as they did NOT like the heat of midsummer. They were also attacked by tons of bugs last year and were in a totally sorry state. I ripped most of them out but left a few in one bed that stayed until late fall when they perked up and started making tons of beans. Oops. Next time I won’t be so quick to give up!
Our tomatoes are already making some flowers. They are still young and haven’t turned into the tomato monster plants they usually do when I don’t pinch the suckers (which I often don’t, lol).
Our artichoke plant is about 9 years old now and ready to be ripped out. It’s past its prime and no longer producing much, even after dividing it, etc. I harvested an artichoke off it already and here is this one:
It’s not as nice as the artichokes were when the plant was younger. The leaves are all old and crummy looking now too. We’ve planted a replacement though which is already growing new leaves. Hopefully next spring we’ll get some good artichokes from it!
I still have room to plant more things this year. I’m not sure yet what I want to do though! I’ll have to take a look at my seed packets and see what I have or maybe we’ll pop into one of the local garden centers this weekend and see what baby plants are available. I want to fill it up as it feeds our family throughout the summer and into the fall!