I thought I'd take the idea from Chuck B and add a garden bloom day to the blog.
Here's an image of our back yard ... We are in the red circle. This image must be from a long time ago, because that big conifer to the left of my yard was killed by bark beetles, slowly lost all it's needles and was removed a few months ago. You can see the hugely tall palm trees in the back yard. They tower over our 3 story building.
Pretty cool that you look right in your own house.. (scary too, I guess)
Anyhoo, you can see how our yard is open and joins with our neighbors yard. I really like it. And to be surrounded by buildings, it get freakin' amazing amount of sun, and it protected from wind.
Here's my little corner that my landlord allows me to tinker in. I'll admit that it's been neglected for the last year, since I started taking the class on Saturday. I just don't have any time.
I like flowers. I buy plants on sale, nothing expensive, because I know as soon as I move, he will tear it all out and put in his non-flowering green Fatsias, Flaxes and Bamboos.
Here's what is blooming today:
I pulled all the Dietes from this area and it was nice and bare, so I decided to do an experiment and build a trellis, stick my Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot canes in the ground, rig up some vineyard-style drip and see what happens!
Here we have some little lepidopterae of some sort making little homes for it's pupae selves on the Budelia. It's a rangy out-of-control type plant, and apparently butterfly larvae like to eat it as much as the adults like the flowers. But I like the plant for all those reasons!
Here's the Chinese Mustard Greens. Yummy! I bought these this weekend. I have some from seedlings but these will be tasty soon, and the little one's can be harvested later.
This is the beginning of my wine barrel garden. I got a lot of ideas from the book McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers.
I can't wait to have a little eatery right outside the door, then when I move, I just take a hand truck and wheel it away to my next home! And as you can see, the bonsai palm is not dead yet. LOL
So there you are.... the beginning of this years growing season. Exciting eh? ;)