Saturday, June 03, 2006

Small spaces, lots of plants

I have a new digtial camera. Yay! I sort of needed a new one. Kind of. Not really. The old one was mostly functional. It just didn't like cheap batteries and had a slight problem when you zoomed in. It was tolerable, but big. What it comes down to it I really *wanted* a small camera. I also want a spiffy DSLR camera, but I'm not sure I can justify it. I really, really want that, but I just don't know if I will use it enough. So, it may just have to wait until I can justify it.

Since there isn't much exciting going on to test it, I went out to take garden pictures. For those who don't know, my house is 15 feet wide, and my proxy, my backyard is 15 feet wide. Its probably about 20 feet long. Most of it is brick patio. But, I think Kyle has done well making the rest very green (albeit slightly overgrown, but we like it that way). So I will now walk you through the garden, plant by plant.

Here is an overview of our yard:




Next, I will introduce you to my herbs. I have lettuce leaf basil, cilantro, dill, and lime basil. There is a sweet basil plant elsewhere.


I bought the lettuce leaf basil because it was the only basil plant I found that seemed like normal basil. I didn't know I should have been looking for "sweet basil." I just went by smell, and it smelled like basil. I have since learned why it is called "lettuce leaf." For comparisons sake, I have included a empty can of the most tasty (and addictive) beverage.


Next, you shall see out snow peas. They were beautiful. I planted them in mid-march and they grew so well. We were getting tasty peas. Then, summer showed up with avengence. On the first 90 degree day, they keeled over. I guess "snow" peas and "hot, humid dc" do not agree.



In front of the snow peas, we have my oak leaf hydranga. After three years of patiently waiting, this is the first year it has bloomed! Next to it, we have the hosta from hell. Every year, we divide it and give half away. Every year, it gets this big again! The cats love it. They sit under the leaves. There is actually a cat down there in the picture. I didn't realize it until later.



Moving further to the right, we have a bed of random things that came up from seed (or bulb), followed by our water feature and some peppers (that also came up from seed). Clearly, our compost bin is not sterilizing seeds properly. But, its all good. As this point, we are not sure what kind of peppers they will be. Probably bell, but jalepeno and bananna are options.




Now, for comparison, I give you "sweet basil."


Next, we have three tomatos, two sunflowers, and some jalapeno peppers.


Finally, we have our two tree seedings and the catnip. The cats will not let the catnip grow, and for some reason we cannot find any catnip plants at the nursery.



There are a few more plants, but perhaps I will save them for another day. I will end with details on our water feature. It has been an adventure. It was much larger with fish. But, all the fish died. We tried again, with less sucess. So, we decided against fish and made it into a waterfall. That worked for about a year, then it clogged. So now its a fountain. We had it set up so it was squirting out from under the gnome. Hey, little boy peeing fountains are the rage in Europe, we just have a stylized gnome peeing. But, something recently happened, and he doesn't pee anymore. I think we lost a plug, but the water just goes straight up and everywhere. Oh well, Kyle will fix it.

3 Comments:

Blogger Gypsy said...

Everything looks gorgeous! I have a black thumb. Plants cower in my presence.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OF COURSE I love it! BB

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Vic said...

Look at your herbs! (said with an H, it has an H people). They are gorgeous. I'm jealous of your basil, lettuce and sweet. I love basil.

11:01 PM  

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