Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Pumpkin

With the 2010 garden-lite season, I'm down to my last pumpkin. DH doesn't eat pumpkin, but my Mother and her neighbor have already been clear about pumpkin pie expectations for Christmas.

Cooking this one... and planning for the full garden / pumpkin patch experience for the 2011 garden.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

From the November Snow

No, not today. This is to remind me of the Nov 22/23, 2010 weather event. Still had the patio table out, as you can see. I liked the way the snow collected on the chair arms. Hope that's it for the winter, though!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's Snowtime

Earlier today, the only place accumulating the light snow was the catnip growing behind the garage. Now, however, I see the patio table is collecting it. Hope it isn't too scary by morning.

This is after the wind came through on Monday evening and removed leaves and limbs from trees and panels from greenhouses.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Along with the rest of the garden, the pumpkin patch was on its own this year. No weeding, no watering. Two pie pumpkins make it through.

We have been having some frosts, so tonight, these guys where harvested just in time to do their duty on the front steps...even if it is just us who will see them! Our sweet neighbors already "treated" us with goodies, before the pumpkins make it out. Enjoy your evening, everyone!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Opening Day of Frost Season

Looked out the window this morning to see frost out on the grass. And in the garden. Guess the trees will really start showing their fall colors now.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Home Again

Nothing quite like that first cup of coffee at home after a vacation... here, in a cup found at Memento Park in Budapest.

We've had lots of moving history, beautiful sights, good food and drink in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany.

Now a beautiful day here at home. Me and my cup of coffee will now go tour the jungle formerly known as Petunia's Garden.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

My Garden Looks After Me

What a nice surprise to finally slink out to the garden and find a little dinner (some weeks ago). Without watering (or rain) the beans are not so prolific, especially the runner beans. These purple climbing beans have produced just enough for dinner now and then. The tomatoes probably had too much shade from giant hyssop plants and not enough water for a bumper crop.

I cannot complain. I've left the gardening to the bees this year. ... and Petunia (the snake). They've done a fine job, just to their tastes.

Too many trips and interruptions this summer, but these years happen.

Another (fun) trip later in September and then a good fall garden sort out is on the calendar for October!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Yeah! The beans are climbing out of the garden chaos.
Now for the race to the top!

And we have had a Petunia (snake) sighting in the garden. I just hope she doesn't venture to the pond where the little frogs are sometimes venturing out of the water.

Monday, July 05, 2010

In the Garden

The new residents have been in the garden with me. It didn't take old Missouri long to find the catnip in the garden. He is around 17 years and doesn't seem to see well. Try to keep him in sight, though, and he is gone in a flash! He seems to remember how to find the garage door, at least.

The beans are starting to reach the bean climber. Really, this is the last year for the now wobbly bean climber!

Cindy (Cinders or Cinderella) is all about meat though! I think she is checking out a critter trail. I hope she doesn't go after the Petunias (snakes).

I'm trying to fit a little garden clean up in each night. While I've been occupied, it became quite the jungle. But that also makes for happy garden critters.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Garden Dolly

One of the things I brought back from Kansas is this lightweight, but sturdy, dolly/hand truck. Pretty sure my dad had made it about 40 years ago (but not for a garden). As you can see, it is just the thing for moving the window cloches I like. They are heavy and awkward to carry but now I'm set!

It was time to move the cloches from the tomatoes and thin out the borage. All four tomatoes had grown up through the top of their cloches while I was gone.

This row was intended to hold some vegetables this year, but the herbs and flowers have filled it up. Much better than a row of weeds and grass at least. The catnip is huge already this year. I'm surprised since it has been so cool and rainy.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Recent Adventures

I'm back in Washington after two plus weeks. And I've returned with possible new garden assistants! My Mom, her three pets and I just drove the 1,800+ miles from Kansas to Washington. Her household stuff for her apartment won't arrive until later this week.

I suggested some garden work until then, but she isn't convinced it is warm enough outside (I'm happy about that after enduring days of near 100 degrees while we packed & loaded stuff in KS).

A Rose of Sharon from KS. The mimosa trees were blooming too, but the wind didn't let me take a clear photo.

The cats settled in to travel very well (& I think they appreciated air conditioning). The dog likes car trips. The car developed had a few mechanical issues, but the Park City UT Ford shop took care of us.

DH planted my broccoli, lettuce, pumpkin and squash seedlings while I was gone. The beans, peas and tomatoes really grew also. I hope to get out there, and around to visit your garden blogs, sometime this week.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Updates, Updates

Things are moving along even if I'm not keeping up with them:
  • Many, many tadpoles in the pond
  • Tomato plants are in the garden, under window frame cloches
  • Peas are growing
  • Broccoli seedlings sprouted
  • Lettuce seedlings sprouted
  • Chard seedlings sprouted
  • Pumpkin & squash seeds planted
  • Really need to plant the beans, carrots and beets
  • Hedgerow plantings are growing, although hard to visualize it as a hedgerow
  • Kansas house is on the market

We've had a nice time with visiting family. There are more visits to and visits from family in the next two months. If the rain stops, I'm looking forward to a few breaks in the garden!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Kansas Garden Available

I'm back from another Kansas family excursion.

Anyone looking for a house just east of Wichita on an acre of fine Kansas soil?

Sunday, April 18, 2010


All the singing going on every night as paid off. Pacific tree frog eggs are in the pond. There are several clusters along plant stems just underwater. The darker green area, in the photo, is the reflection of the leaf above the water. There are five or maybe six frogs in the little garden pond. I was starting to worry that they were all males, by the amount of singing going on!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Garden Supervisors

I had an audience today while I did a refresh to the garden bed around the pond. I think they are both Pacific Tree Frogs. But check out their differences, below...

We've been able to see the big guy on the right from the house window...Especially when he starts croaking like he is here in the photo. He's usually on the log floating in the pond.

Here is the link to their baby pictures.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Lead Tomato of 2010

Here's the only baby tomato that sprouted so far. I think I need to move to round two with the seeds. The peas were also being stubborn. Brought them in to the house, from the garage and now several more have sprouted. I hope to keep them safe from my indoor garden pest... and then get the peas in the garden very soon.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I was near North Bend this weekend and spotted this Salmonberry in bloom. Until I looked up the flower, I thought it was one of shrubs from our tree & shrub seedling order (from King Co. Conservation District sale). It's not, but I'll have other flowers from the seedlings I planted.
Yeah! They are all planted now. They've gone into a hedgerow in the making and other spots around the place. So what did we plant?
Shore pine
Cascara - to ensure our supply for the cedar waxwings!
Mock Orange
Red Flowering Current
Evergreen Huckleberry

In another area with more moisture:
Red Osier Dogwood
Pacific Ninebark - 2 from our neighbor

Other shrubs we'll move out of a temporary area:
Indian Plum

Sunday, March 07, 2010

2010 Plant List

The 2010 gardening plan is starting to take shape. Here's the list in progress. I'll be adding notes and making changes as needed. Some new seeds, some old seeds.

In an effort to have a rotation plan, I've assigned numbers to groups of plants that will rotate together (roughly). We will see...

tbd ~ Okra-Star of David ( first time I'll try it here in WA!)
1a~Cucumbers-Marketmore 97, Organic
1a~Tomatoes-Sungold - planted indoors 3/21/10
1a~Tomatoes-Super Marzono - planted indoors 3/21/10
1b~Squash, winter-Delicata, bush
1b~Squash, Patty Pan-Scallop Bush Mix,
1b~Squash, winter-Queensland Blue - from Matron!
1b~Squash, winter-Early Butternut
1b~Pumpkins-Rouge vif d'Etamps Heirloom
1b~Pumpkins-Small Sugar, C.pepo

2~Beans, bush-Roma II
2~Beans, French/Filet-Soleil
2~Beans, pole-Violet Podded Stringless
2~Beans, runner-Scarlet Emperor
2~Onions-Evergreen White Bunching
2~Peas, snap -Sugar Snap - planted 3/21/10, transplanted 4/11
2~Peas, snap -Sugar Sprint - planted 3/21/10, transplanted 4/11

3~Radish-Easter Egg
3~Radish-Gourmet Blend
3, 4~Lettuce-Romaine Crisp Mint, organic
3, 4~Lettuce-Butterhead Speckles, organic

4~Carrots-Jeanette F1 Hybrid Organic
4~Carrots-Mokum Hybrid
4~Chard, Swiss-Bright Lights
4~Chard, Swiss-Perpetual Swiss Chard
4~Fennel-Perfection, organic
3, 4~Lettuce-Romaine Crisp Mint, organic
3, 4~Lettuce-Butterhead Speckles, organic

Some of the flowers, herbs, etc. also in the garden:
~Alyssum-Snow Cloth/Carpet of Snow; Wonderland Mulberry Mix
~Anise Hyssop - new growth in early March
~Bergamot-Bee balm
~Catnip- new growth visible in March
~Chamomile-Matricaria recutita, German Chamomile
~Coreopsis-Tinctoria Mixture
~Cosmos-Red crest
~Echinacea-Purple cone flower
~Echinacea-Tomato Soup (new)
~Echinacea-Flame Thrower (new)
~Feverfew - new growth visible in early March
~Lavender-Munstead (lavendula angustifolia)
~Lemon Balm - visible in garden in mid March
~Marigolds-Mr. Majestic
~Marigolds-tall orange (saved seeds)
~Nasturtium-Tip Top Alaska
~Nicotiana-Only the Lonely
~Poppy, yellow-
~Rudbeckia Hirta-Black-eyed Susan
~Rudbeckia Hirta-Prairie Sun (new)
~Rudbeckia Hirta-Cherry Brandy (new)
~Sunflower-Italian White

Friday, February 26, 2010

SAGBUTT Saturday- Tomorrow!

Wow - I've been out of touch. I just realized there is a Seattle Area Garden Bloggers United to Talk (and Eat) event tomorrow at 11 am !

See Karen's SAGBUTT post for the details.

And see the SAGBUTT Group link for my prior posts about our adventures.

Yeah! Welcome to the 2010 garden season!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bloom Day February 2010

It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day Feb. 15th. You can find links to blooms around the world at Carol's Bloom Day post at her blog May Dreams Gardens.

Here is what I found at Petunia's Garden:

We've had some mild weather and blooms are running a little early. Above, the neighbor's old wild or ornamental plum tree is starting to bloom.


Some snowdrops survived in the area where we had a large tree removed.

This young ornamental cherry has been blooming already. I'm glad the large trees are holding off a little longer.

Heather, and a bee!

Money plant adds some interest in the fence row this time of year. You can see a new, green start of it growing at the base of the fence post.

We're back!

Both me, and some sprouts: I was out of town Jan 30-Feb 7 and then had a visitor Feb 7 until today. The chives are loving the mild weather. The visitor wasn't so crazy about the rain (even with the sun breaks).

Above, are some lettuce seedlings from a greenhouse planting in late January.

Is this a sunflower seedling? It is in the greenhouse, also.
I got in the King County Conservation District native shrub order, but didn't get my vegetables ordered before I went out of town. So that's what I'm off to do now!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Seed & Seedling Plans

It's time to order seeds and seedlings and I don't have my list finalized, as usual. I'm going to have some busy weeks coming up and if I don't get it done now, it won't happen.

In addition to Petunia's Garden vegetables, we are continuing to plant assorted tree and shrub seedlings on a hillside and have plans for a hedgerow effect in a few other places.

For seedlings, there are some nice opportunities coming up:

King County Conservation District has an annual Native Bareroot Plant sale. Pre-orders must be placed by Jan. 31 for pickup on March 5 & 6. Any plants not sold through the pre-orders will be for sale on March 5 & 6 also. See the website: for plants and more information.

Weyerhaeuser public seedling sale is Feb. 15 and March 20. See this link for more information: Western WA Public Sales Event .
Below, is one of the Tall Oregon Grapes from our first King County bareroot sale.

I'll be posting my 2010 vegetable planning list this week... really!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Pumpkins in January

I haven't made a pumpkin pie yet this winter. Must do something about that!

I did bake this guy and made Honey Pumpkin Butter. It's all gone now. Time to bake another. This is a small sugar pumpkin who lost his stem during harvest.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blackberry January

For trimming blackberry thickets, rather than picking them, a nice day in January is just the thing. The green canes are quite noticeable and there isn't so much growth to fight through. I leave some growing, but try to keep them from taking over everything in sight.

In the photo, above, you can see a long green cane going up through the tree, well over my head. These canes can over take tree limbs or shrubs, at what seems like, overnight!

I was happy to find this shrub, above, in an area where we're trying to reduce the blackberry overgrowth. Also encountered a sweet little bird with yellow patches near the eyes.

Unfortunately, there are also some ivy patches. Tackling the ivy will have to move up my priority list!

Blackberries get their revenge, too. I'm stick picking out thorns...

Sunday, January 03, 2010

January Garden

Here is the garden, yesterday, after the shadows had set in. A lot of the flower seed heads are still in place and we've seen birds regularly passing through and picking seeds. Here is the bit tidier January 2009 photo. Click on the label, below, to see other monthly photos.

I did find a few green spots as I toured around...

Above, feverfew is sprouting. It moved into my garden as small plant last April.

Money Plant, Lunaria Annua - aka Honesty, Moon Wart, Satin Flower. These sprouted last year from seeds I'd collected from the plants growing in our fence row.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Rained Out

Our annual New Year's Day geocaching excursion was rained out yesterday. We made it to one, and unsuccessfully searched for another. It was just too wet for our liking.

That's okay. DH only had to look as far as his favorite geocaching bag to find several travel bugs he forgot about. (Guess this means I can start re-giving him presents and he won't notice...) So, he is getting them logged and planning the caches he wants to visit this weekend.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy 2010!

Best wishes for 2010
to you, your family and your garden!

I don't know about you, but I really enjoyed (needed) that first cup of coffee in 2010! Even so, it was well worth it to see the old year out and the new year in with friends.