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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Garden Update

I haven't done much baking or cooking lately, except for making a couple batches of strawberry rhubarb icecream topping. The weather has been gorgeous the past couple of days, so I've been walking, cleaning, hula hooping (new and fun way to exercise!) and most importantly, GARDENING!

This is what I do with my rhubarb when I'm not baking it.

Remember the aster and amaranthus that I planted from seed with my Mom? They're big. Really big.


Apparently the amaranthus gets huge, so I might have to move the one I put in front, depending on how big the other plants get. One part of gardening that I can't seem to get down pat is spacing. I think I underestimate every time I plant something. I need some self-control!

"But they're so far apart. What if one dies, or one is very small and they're super spaced out? I don't want a gap. BUT... I can transplant this if it gets too big!" Those are the kinds of things that go through my head, often followed by, "I hate creeping charlie. Hate, hate, die, die, die.", or, "Ew, an earwig. Kill it!", or, "Awww... a wormie! Save him!"

Seriously... I call worms "wormies".

My herbs are doing well, too! I'm glad I didn't cut back what I thought was dead branches on my lavender plant, because they're getting wonderfully smelling leaves on them.

The cilantro (which requires full sun) was looking a bit scorched, so I moved my potted lemon thyme so it would give a tiny bit of shade and relieve the cilantro of some sun. I'm not sure if that is what helped, but they're coming back splendidly. I also put some cilantro seeds in with the basil plants my Mom grew from seed. I actually spilled the seeds in one area, so I might have a jungle to split up soon. (Hopefully, anyways. I'd rather have too much cilantro than too little!)

Mmm... basil!

I also put in some parsely that my Mom grew.

I planted dianthus in the front of my house a couple of years ago, and because it's a perrenial, it came back.  I noticed that it has one random pink flower, amongst all the gorgeous deep red. How weird!

My last bit of gardening news is the most exciting of all. The rose bush is ready to bloom! I can see the deep gorgeous pink peeking through as the petals push their way out of the tiny green buds. I can't wait to see it in full bloom again, and share pictures with you!
Happy Gardening!



At June 2, 2011 at 6:20 PM , Blogger ohkeeka said...

Yay, garden! Seeing everyone else's makes me feel nervous about mine and whether I'll actually be able to grow anything before fall.

How the heck are you growing cilantro in the midwest? Someone told me it doesn't grow here (er, there). Last year no one could get it to grow in the community garden--it all looked like dill or was otherwise anemic.

At June 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM , Blogger JM said...

I love the hula hooping pic!!

At June 3, 2011 at 6:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! We were having a BBQ on Memorial Day and I had just picked some rhubarb to make the ice cream topping.

Kiersten- Your garden will be great! I wonder if it will take a lot of adjusting to the new zone though?

Cilantro always grows well, BUT I never remember to keep up on dead heading it, so it ends up super spindly and willowy. Hopefully I'll keep up with it THIS year (as I say every year). I'm using my blog as a reason to get out there more. Last summer was just so horrible. Between the intense heat and heavy rains (MISQUITO HEAVEN!) I didn't do much gardening at all.

At June 3, 2011 at 6:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. Anonymous is me, Val (BE). Stupid blogger comments have been SO screwed up lately!

At June 3, 2011 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Fuegita said...

that looks really good. I want a garden just never get around to it. I tried growing some herbs last year but they didn't work.


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