2019, In The Garden

Blooming Bee Balm (2)

Last year, I planted Bee Balm for the Hummingbirds/Butterflies in the front yard. Back then, I had two plants. When they were done blooming, they died out. I removed what was left over. This Spring, I’ve noticed lots of little seedlings in the flowerbed. Later, we found out, that the Bee Balm reseeded for future blooming. Today, the first blossoms appeared for this season.

2019, In The Garden

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Every Friday, I’ll post some photos of flowers. These could be garden flowers or wildflowers. Today, I begin with a Hibiscus blossom and a Foxglove.

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2019, In The Garden

Our Greenhouse/Garden In Mid-May 2019

The tomato plants grow like weeds in the greenhouse. We have about two dozen fruits growing on the plants. And every day, I find a few more ‘maters on the vines. Today, I also could harvest a couple of jalapeรฑo. The pepper plants seem to pick up. The hot temperatures in the greenhouse help the peppers growing much better. And we have new “tenants”. The Greenhouse Fairies moved into the beautiful solar house, I purchased for them last week. Sara checks on Tinker & Friends, if they come home every night. When the lights are on, the Greenhouse Fairies are here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2019, In The Garden

Texas Garden Sunset (3)

After Kevin mowed the lawn, I checked on the plants in the greenhouse and enjoyed theย  view of the setting Sun, this evening. We have nine tomatoes growing so far. The plants are doing well in the raised beds. Last week, we’ve had lots of rain, which was good for the garden, and our water bill. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This Summer, we will end up with a lot of sunflowers. The birds kept dropping the seeds in the soil, while they were picking for different seeds on the plant and from the bird feeders. They planted some corn as well. In Autumn and Winter, the birds will be rewarded with fresh seeds. It’s nice to have little feathered and furry friends as garden helpers.

2019, In The Garden

More Rain & Thunder On Saturday Morning

Another night and morning with Thunderstorms came through North Texas, today. Kevin and I can’t really do anything, we planned for the backyard, this weekend. But the weather didn’t stop me to shoot more photos of the moisture, that was still left on the plants in frontyard and the backyard.

2019, In The Garden

First Tomatoes of 2019

We have some nice producing tomatoes in the greenhouse. It shows, it was worth taking the time building higher beds and fill them up with kitchen composts, before I planted the tomatoes in one of the beds. The plants are strong and sturdy for holding the big ‘maters, once they are fully grown. I can’t wait for making my Mom’s refreshing Tomato-Bologna Salad in Summer. Homegrown tomatoes are the best!

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First ‘maters in the greenhouse: They grow on about a foot of kitchen compost.
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Now, the hybrids are still small. But once they are big and ready for harvest, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into them. So delicious!

Happy Gardening!

2019, In The Garden

Our Fairies Are Back!

As long as Sara believes in Garden Fairies, I will tell her beautiful stories about Tinker Bell and her friends. Because I enjoy it so much when Sara’s eyes begin to sparkle, I hope it will stay this way for little bit longer. When the dragonfly light turns on, Sara knows it’s time for the fairies to come home. Now, I just have to get some batteries for the candles to light up the houses in the Fairy Village. And then our flower garden will be magic, again.

2019, In The Garden

Our Greenhouse/Garden In Early May 2019

The plants are doing great in the greenhouse. We have tiny tomatoes showing under the blossoms. When the fruits are bigger, I will blog and show some photos of them. But right now, they are still very small. One of our Lemon Basil plants began to bloom. The fennel is getting bigger, which will be a great host for Black Swallowtail Caterpillars in Summer. The Shasta Daisies are flourishing. The peppers are still tiny. Once it gets warmer, they will start to grow bigger, too. I have to be patient with them.

Last Winter, I dumped a Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin in the compost. Now, we have seedlings growing out of it. We will leave them all in there and hope they make it. Probably only the strongest will survive. If we get a pumpkin or two out of it, that would be awesome. And if we not, it will be fun to see how far along the seedlings will grow in that pile. Hey, the tomatoes grow on almost a foot of kitchen compost. Why shouldn’t it work for the pumpkins, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The broccoli is done! It blooms and soon will go to seed. I’ll collect them for the next season. I’m surprised, how well the Rosemary does in the raised bed. This herb usually likes well drained soil and not much rain.