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How I Spent My Halloween Vacation

I had the day off. Did I spend it lounging or goofing off. Sadly, no. I built an herb bed (shown here) and transplanted iris bulbs. And I had a little cheese with that whine....

New Herb Bed by GardenGia
New Herb Bed, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



This should give some indication of how the potager is progressing. Everyone, except for the winter savory, is doing just fine. We harvested a lot of basil, mint, lavender and rosemary from the potager, front herb bed and various pots on the deck. No more buying these, and a lot of other herbs, from the store for a while.... Most of these beds are on the south side of the house. We shall see if that micro-climate allows these herbs to flourish a little longer than the others about the yard...

The Potager by GardenGia
The Potager, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.

Sunday Projects

Got a lot of work done on three of the four projects. There are now pansies to greet those who enter the driveway.

Pansies at the Driveway by GardenGia
Pansies at the Driveway, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



There is a baby rose bed up against the deck.

Baby Rose Bed by GardenGia
Baby Rose Bed, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



And, finally, I added a lot of white savlia gregiis that we got from the Sage Gardener (no pun intended) onto the west wall. Is this the beginnings of a Moon Garden. We tried that once,...it became a mint garden....

The North Garden by GardenGia
The North Garden, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.

Fall Color and More Projects

Texas Lantana by GardenGia
Texas Lantana, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



I thought that I might share a little of the fall color that I have here though I am not that good with ornamentals. This is a breed of lantana that is native to Texas. I got it from the Sage Gardener (Ginger). The huge white rock rose has some tendrils that can be seen in the left of the picture.


Oxblood Lilies by GardenGia
Oxblood Lilies, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



Yesterday morning I walked out to the front yard to get away from it all and found that the oxblood lilies, fall bloomers, were starting to peek above ground. This is a sure indication that, finally, cooler days and nights are on their way.


Project III by GardenGia
Project III, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



This is a shot of the area under the den window facing west into the front yard. A rosemary survived the scorching summer. I hope to add some order to the apparent chaos, plant some parsley for the butterflies and some other herbs that might be useful to us in the coming days. I will have to be careful, though. This area is in shade for over half of the day and the sunlight that it does get is only what can get through the canopy of the surrounding trees.


Project IV by GardenGia
Project IV, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



What is going to happen here cannot really be said to be directly related to permaculture. It looks drab, here, so I think I shall add pansies into the pots. They are edible, I am told, so I guess I am not truly breaking rules of sustainability and planting only those things that are of service to us. Heck, they will be pretty and that is service enough for me....

The Garden Oct 2011

Oct 2011 by GardenGia
Oct 2011, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



Here is the garden as viewed from the house. Please compare it to the view in previous years to see the growth over that time. It has come a ways. Note the peach trees just peeking out from behind the rosebushes in the center.

P1010075 by GardenGia
P1010075, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



And this is the view from the back of the garden back towards the house.

Projects for Future Weekends

Project I by GardenGia
Project I, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



There will be a couple of rosebushes here at first and, then, a raised bed of some kind....

Project II by GardenGia
Project II, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



This will be a vast project involving salvias, trees, shrubs and lots of time...

Rain, Finally

It finally rained today.  A nice long rain that amounted to about an inch and a half.  Its not a drought-buster, but its a beginning.  It helped the new salvia greggiis that I got from Ginger and it certainly didn't hurt the other plants.  No, our dog Jack did that.  He broke into the mint garden and dug up most of the beds that were up against the house.  The two magnificent comfreys that were growing there are gone as are several of the coneflowers (which probably should have been in a sunnier location anyway.  I hope to rebuild it all this weekend and put in a rosebush or two as well.

New Herb Boxes

P1010067 by GardenGia
P1010067, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



The summer was horrific with some 90 days with temperatures at or above 100 degrees. I was lucky, though, and only lost a very few plants. Most pulled through, despite the weather and the lack of rain. We are in heavy drought at the moment. There really has not been that much to write about in the journal other than the stark battle to keep everything alive over the harsh summer. I hope, in the fall, that I will have new pictures of thriving plants and new garden additions...

I built the Wise Gardener three herb boxes under or near the kitchen window--a kind of pottage or kitchen garden. The herbs in the Great garden were just too far away during the heat of the summer. These promise to be much easier to "bring to market".

The Mint Garden in Early Summer

The Bench by GardenGia
The Bench, a photo by GardenGia on Flickr.



Its early June and the temperatures have been dancing in the 100's since mid April. Is it going to be a hot summer? It shouldn't be, given how cold the winter was, but we shall see...

The shade has allowed my mints to prosper and that garden has become a place of gentle and aromatic repose. We experimented with some of the mints and made mint julips and mohitos. Yum, yum...

The Mint and Moon garden is planted

I began the ground work for what I hope will be a successful mint garden and, maybe, moon garden as well. Would be nice if it rained...

Finally, A Little Warmth Returns

The gardens have somewhat weathered the extended subfreezing temperatures.  It will be 70 degrees today and will not dip to freezing for at least three days.  I have taken a preliminary stock of the damage.  Both Mexican marigolds are gone.  Possibly two, maybe three of the colendulas will also buy the farm.  All of the cabbage and lettuce looks to be gone as well.  The death toll makes me glad that I brought in all of the potted herbs...some of the mints are even trying to stage a comeback.  Time will tell....