Sunday, October 31, 2010

Looking back!

So glad I started this blog when I did. Things in the garden are starting to slow down. It is getting cooler, we've had several sprinkley days. Things are growing slower with the shorter days. And it is hard sometime to realize all that has gone on in the garden since late July! Reading back in the blog it helps me appreciate all the work I put in on those hot days; all the compost turning and planting, turning all that dirt, hauling trash barrels full of prunings, and all those crazy 4 o'clock tubers!!

Speaking of those 4 o'clocks....I still am hoeing that flowerbed every other day keeping those guys from growing and taking the bed back! They grow so fast! you can almost see them rising from the dirt like something from the dead!!!.. (A little Halloween drama!)

I am still turning the compost every other day. The latest batches are almost done. I am waiting for the wysteria leaves to turn and drop. I will use them in the last compost batch of the year.

The deadheading has stopped. It is hard for me to wait to see it anything will be reseeded...and if there are some new plants, will I recognize them and not hoe them out?? And what is in store? Will the few winter frosts (if any) kill my little babies??!! Will the snail come out from wherever they are and eat everything?? Worry, Worry!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall is here!

The days are getting shorter, it is a getting much cooler in the mornings and a wee bit of rain here and there!

I have stopped deadheading, hoping for some reseeding to happen. It will be like magic to me if anything does reseed. When I have tried to plant seeds in the garden it never seems to come up. But maybe the plants know better on how to do it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Two and a half months from starting new flowerbeds!

It has been overcast all day, we may have some rain tonight or tomorrow and for sure Sunday. Ah! a welcome break from heat and watering all my new plants. I really am amazed at how pretty the garden is after only 2 1/5 months since I was digging up this flowerbed!

Plein Air at Ardenwood Saturday

East Bay Artist are meeting at Ardenwood for painting!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Centaurea gymnocarpa 'velvet centaurea'

Centaurea gymnocarpa 'velvet centaurea' leaves look almost exactly like Artemisia absinthium 'Powis Castle'!

A Beautiful October Day!

Cool, overcast till noon, then sunny! Love it.

I bought 3 more retaining blocks and finished the side flowerbed project!

AND!!.......My sister wants to check out Annie's Annuals. So tomorrow we are going up to have fun again!!! I am getting tired of planting and I am hoping that will help save the credit card!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall weather, at last!!

Ahhh, coolness, overcast, and a little rain!

and the narcissus are starting to bloom....

The new look of the Side Flowerbed

The retainer blocks are in place, although I do need to get 2 more to finish. These should hold the dirt up on the higher level without slipping.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Retainer Blocks

Yesterday I bought 15 blocks for the side flowerbed, figuring that is about all my little car could hold at one time. They are 28 lbs each. I was trying to keep the bender board to hold back the dirt from falling where the blocks go, but at the same time I am moving it back about 3-4 inches so there will be more room for the blocks. A couple of the plants were planted pretty close to the bender board and I don't want to move them.

Using the wagon I have unloaded all but 3 blocks. I put the first 6 in place, trying to keep them each at the right height. Rather difficult when working around all the baby plants. The muscles aren't hurting much but tonight and tomorrow morning I have grandkid track tournaments to attend and hills to climb so don't want to be aching for that. So... think I will be leaving the rest of the block laying for tomorrow afternoon. It is cooling off today too, so by tomorrow it should be nice weather for hard work!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Must be time to buy more plants!

Everything is planted, weeded, watered and ou-ed and awh-ed over!
It must be time to buy more plants!! But I am running out of planting space........but there is an area in the Little Garden Room that I think I am going to make into a rock garden/succulent area!

I am thinking I really need to get some more of those retainer blocks to bolster up where I have the bender board in the side flowerbed. I knew it was going to be a temporary set-up with the bender board but I had plants to plant and nothing gets in the way of that!

It is still hot but is to cool down tomorrow, can't wait!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Yesterday's surprise!

I was in the "Little Garden Room" watering several plants in a flat that haven't been planted yet. Out crawls the prettiest little snake out of the ferns and along the top of the plants I was watering. He must have been thirsty because he seemed to be drinking water drops on a stem. He was about the diameter of a pencil, black background with 4 yellow stripes, 2 on each side of him going lengthwise down his body. When he had enough he just slid into the ferns.

I ran to get my camera but never did find him again.

It is hot again!

We have had several pretty warm days again and now we are going to scorch again! It was 72 degrees at 9:00 this morning. It is 81 in the shade 2 hours later! I was up early watering everything. Last go round some plants had their leaves fried! There is a hot light breeze too. It feels like the October that we had the Oakland fire. The hot breeze draws all the moisture out of the plants and the fire danger in the hills is very high.

Luke's Totally Awesome Rupert Goldberg

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Compost day! and a question!

6 wagon loads of compost is now in the veg. garden. And, the new compost is turned and the next batch is in line to be composted!

2 plants that are different but look close, but no tags! What are they?
Jen, do you know?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Side Flowerbed is done!

This morning I finished putting the edging on the brick path and cleaning up from all the work the last few days. And the Side Flowerbed is done! I had to put border fences up because our dog, Joe, wanted to lay in there.

Everything is watered and only one bed needs to be weeded.

Looking Good!

This morning I finished putting the edging on the brick path and cleaning up from all the work the last few days.

Monday, October 4, 2010

I planted 55 plants today!

I had to wait forever for it to get light enough to be able to get the Side flowerbed finished. It wasn't getting light at all till about 7:30 am. I have to say, the weather was great to do this job. A touch of a fall chill, overcast and a threat of rain! So different than a few days ago when it was so hot!.....The weather has been so changeable like this since the start of summer. I installed a bender board to create a 2-level bed. Then I had to level both levels to get ready for planting. The planting of about 55 plants was finished around 5 pm. A long day!

Anyhow, the planting of that flowerbed is done!

Tomorrow I have to clean up the paths, deadhead and weed the other beds. I also have some plants for the Little Garden Room to plant.

Now I'm going to go jump in the hot tub to sooth the muscles!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Plant's from Annie's Annuals

This morning I have been working on turning the soil in the Side Flowerbed. I should be done by tomorrow morning . Then the planting begins!

This is my list of plants from Annies:
3 Adenophora potaninii "Bush Ladybells"
3 Agrostemma gihago "Ocen Pearls"
5 Alonsoa meridonalis "Apricot"
4 Alonsoa meridonalis "Red"
3 Anagallis momellii "Blue Pimpernel"
2 Cheiranthus x Allioni "Siberian Wallflower" Orange
4 Eschscholzia californica "Apricot Chiffon"
7 Eschscholzia californica "Rose Chiffon"
1 Eschscholzia californica "Alba"
5 Nemophilia menziesii "Baby Blue Eyes"
3 Penstemon helerophyllus "Blue Springs
2 Plectranthus zuluensis
2 Tellima grandiflora "Fringe cups"
2 Verbascum hybrid "Southern Charm"
2 Verbascum chaixii "Album"
2 mimulus puniceus
1 clianthus puniceus "Parrot's Beak"
1 Hollyhock "Double Azalea"
1 Sideritis Orotenerifee "Canary Island White Sage
1 aeonium noble (succulent)
1 Lewisia cotyledon "White Splendor"
Anagallis monellii

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What a wonderfully fun day!!

We had so much fun today and we had to leave before the party began! We were the first ones there and they wouldn't let us in till a few minutes after 9!... Not even to peek, but we did anyway, peek that is. They were busy getting ready for the party, prettying every thing up and doing last minute deadheading just for us. The flower beds were beautiful as usual and we were so excited. We had only 2 hours and we were on a mission!!

Well, we proved we could do it!! I came home with 60 plants, Cathy had 30 and Jen had at least as many! We are true plant-aholics!

Tomorrow we start digging and planting. Thank heavens it is going to be cooler for the next few days!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Looking forward to tomorrow!

The Side Flowerbed in August, 2010.

I have the side flowerbed about 1/3 turned with manure. I thought I would be done by now but the heat really slowed the progress down.

Years ago we started some "4 o'clocks" from an old seed packet. They took forever to grow and it became a joke between my hubby and I. Then they got going, bloomed beautifully and then started reseeding like crazy! (They are the yellow flowers.) And over time they just did their thing. Well, after getting a little tired of pulling them out of the bricks in the path and lately all over the place, even the neighbor's yard, we got tired of them. So, when I started digging up the bed I was shocked to see that they have a tuber like thing for a root. Some of the are as big as a huge sweet potato! So it has really slowed me down with this area picking all those tubers out. And here I was just pulling up the stem for all this time!

A 4 O'Clock tuber:

So.....I won't be done with the flowerbed when I get home from Annie's Annuals big "planting party" and sale tomorrow. But, now that it has cooled off a lot I should be ready to plant by Monday!

The Side Flowerbed before starting to turn in manure in renewal of this bed. the white on the ground are manure bags: