We only moved into this house a year ago. The first few months were spent trying to unpack and establish a routine in this new house. (There was no closet space, for instance, so we had to create some.) But my heart was in the yard. I wanted to plant a garden. For Mother's Day last year, the "kids" bought me knock out roses and I was given 2 Easter lilies for house warming presents.
I thought I could plant the Easter lilies, but most everybody said, "No, it won't work." With the idea that I would never know if I didn't try, I dug up the ugly dead bushes right by the door and planted my Mother's Day presents and those Easter lilies. Right after planting those Easter lilies, we had a terrible downpour. It rained and rained and rained. I knew that the lilies had probably drowned, but I left them there until they did the thing where they turn all brown and fall over. They did that pretty soon after that terrible rain, I must say.
Imagine my surprise when they started showing out of the ground this spring! The bulbs must have multiplied under there, because instead of 2 lilies, I have about 4 in each place. Here they are. When I walk out my front door, the fragrance of these flowers almost takes my breath away. They smell divine!
A few months later, I decided that I had to have at least one gardenia bush in honor of my grandmother. She had one by her front window (and she never had air conditioning until the very end of her life), so the smell of them just remind me of her. I looked all over and finally found a dwarf variety of gardenia. I planted it last year in July. I know, I know, I break all the rules about planting. I know I am not supposed to plant bushes in the summer time in Alabama. So sue me. It grew like it didn't know it was so hot. :D This is the first time it is blooming.
I have finally filled all my square foot gardening squares. I decided that I should probably plant 3 boxes rather than 2, since I knew that I would eventually want 3 boxes. My husband is one of those people who likes everything to match. He went back to the big box hardware store and found that the 2 boxes he had bought had been clearanced. They did have one box left, but it was the display. He wrangled up the manager to ask to purchase the display. It didn't match their stock anyway. And it did match our other boxes. They finally agreed, so we have 3 matching Square Foot Garden boxes.
I have "chocolate" bell peppers, yellow sweet peppers, red sweet peppers, green beans, 2 watermelons, Cherokee Purple tomatoes, Supersweet 100 tomatoes, Napa grape tomatoes, Better Boy tomatoes, and Celebrity tomatoes. I also have one striped purple eggplant (maybe Fairytale? I can't remember. I bought it from Burpee.) Then I bought a Chinese eggplant. I planted 4 sunflower seeds, a whole package of marigolds, cilantro, basil and a neighbor gave me some of her oregano. Everything is in the ground now, except for one jalapeño pepper. I will have to plant it in a pot in order to keep it from cross pollinating all those sweet peppers.
The green beans and the grape tomatoes, and the Supersweet 100's have flowers. Yea!
The red things are my tomato ladders that the kids gave me for Mother's Day this year. I love them. They add so much beauty to the garden.
So that's what I have been up to. In the last picture (above) you can see the row of sunflowers. The bottom one is so small and looks stunted compared to the rest. Anybody out there with any ideas of why that would be? I cannot imagine why it wouldn't be growing like the other 3, the ones that are directly above it in the picture.
If only it would rain!!