Garden Snapshot: A Blueberry

Today in the garden…

A slightly out-of-focus blueberry…

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Hydrangea Time

Our Hydrangeas are blooming in front of the porch. I love them even though they’re not nearly as lush as they’ve been in the last few years. They are scheduled to be moved or removed because we have some major work to do on the front porch (one corner has sunk…), but that project has been postponed, so I can simply enjoy them for another season.

The Garden Waterer

06.24.16 Garden Waterer

My husband has plans and is gathering materials to put together a drip irrigation watering system for our vegetable garden. We decided to go ahead and plant even though the watering system isn’t ready for this year. It’s a lot of hand watering, but I enjoy it. There are always neighbors walking by and I enjoy our brief chats. Yesterday, I had a wonderful helper who also enjoys watering things by hand– The Grandboy! He and I spent some lovely time outdoors, and he enjoyed watering some of the garden boxes and all of the flowers in front of the house. Summer bliss!

Sunflower Surprise

Last year we planted a garden patch full of Sunspot Sunflowers. We, and all the neighbors, loved them! People would stop and take photos, and we got to know a lot more of our neighbors because they would stop and talk with us about the sunflowers before continuing on with their daily walks. We didn’t plant the sunflowers again this year because we are preparing to turn that garden patch into our ‘butterfly garden.’ But the sunflowers weren’t done with us! We discovered that some of them reseeded themselves at the edge of the garden, so I’ve been watering them and loving this tenacious little patch of sunflowers.

View from Outside

We love our kitchen window. It’s a large greenhouse window over the sink, and we love standing there looking out to watch the birds and the weather. We even keep a pair of binoculars in the drawer next to the sink! It certainly makes doing dishes a very pleasant activity! I usually post photos taken looking out from that window but, just for fun, I thought I’d post a photo looking at the window from the outside.

06.19.16 Kitchen window

Kitchen window and oak tree shadows…

Thinning Out

Wire to the garage

We have an overplanted corner spot in our yard. It’s between the house and the garage, and gets a nice amount of light, not too much and not too little. The previous owners cleared it out and planted two Japanese Maple trees, two rhododendrons, and two azaleas all in that one small space. (They also planted a mass of early spring bulbs, which I love love love when February and March come around.) Unfortunately, the 2 and 2 and 2 plantings have grown so much they overwhelm the spot! All thrived and have crowded each other practically to death! The two rhododendrons at the back suffered the most. So we put “thin out that area” on our project list, which will also include removing one of the Japanese Maples which was planted way too close to the house.

The task of thinning out that area got moved up on our priority list this week when my husband discovered that the electrical wire from the house to the old detached garage was buried [illegally] behind the two rhododendrons. So he had to dig that wire out, and then rewire the garage correctly. Big job!

As a result, the two rhododendrons are gone now. We didn’t try to relocate them because they looked so awful after being crowded into the back of that space. The azaleas will stay where they are, and will do much better this year by having more space and air around them! We still can’t quite bring ourselves to remove the Maple that is planted way too close to the house. Perhaps next week. But the space looks so much better cleared out, and will end up being a very nice flower bed beneath the one tree when the project is complete. Overplanting mistakes are very easy to make, so thinning things out is good!

Downpour

Yesterday, the clouds threatened rain all day but it didn’t actually rain until early this morning. I love waking up to the sound of rain on the roof! My early morning power walk was a little wet, but “we’re waterproof,” my running/walking friend proclaims. However, I was very glad to be home and inside when the downpour happened a few minutes ago. Downpour, then hail, then heavy rain…and now the sun is out again. Late Spring in the Pacific Northwest!

Puddles after the downpour...we need to finish our pathways project!

Puddles after the downpour…we need to finish our pathways project!