What we have blooming in my garden during the month of August. When it got to hot for the sweet peas we replaced them with New Guinea impatiens in the hanging baskets, and celosia between the garage doors. After a little problem with the drainage in on of the window boxes we picked up more impatiens to replace the ones we thought lost but they just needed to be dried out, so I potted them up in colorful pots and placed them in the corners of the porch.
I'd take pictures and forget to post them so here are the pictures that i haven't posted yet.
I am finally able to pick off some of my leaves to store them in a air-tight glass container in a cool, dry cupboard today, and I can't be happier. I could've done this earlier because my lemon/bee balm plants are thriving, but I haven't been able to find a decent glass container. I almost hit myself when I popped into the dollar store to look around with really no intention of finding anything worth buying. I found it in less than 3 seconds and was happy as a goat. It's simple and it works, end of story. Now if the tea really dries well and I like it then I will be buying the two more herbs: mint and german chamomile.
Plant Update*: The lemon balm is overtaking my poor bee balm so I may have to think about re-potting the bee balm to a single container; what's ironic is that the bee balm is the bigger of the two herb plants!
*I didn't take any pictures of my plant because it started to rain just as I was getting done picking the leaves off to store and well it looks dreadful with half of its leaves gone! I will take a few more pictures of the herbs with there are more leaves on it just to show how big they are.
This is my first step into gardening and having plants around me that doesn't consist of tiny $3 cactus plants from Wal-mart. I have decided to start small with two herb plants, Bee Balm and Lemon Balm, to see how they go over. If all goes well I will be adding a few small, one-herb pots using mint and chamomile.
The herbs are potted in a 'Plant Spa' pot I found at Wal-Mart. I don't know if they are better or worse or what, all I know is that this pot doesn't leak water, the only stipulation of my downstairs neighbor! I used some sort of good potting soil that my dad uses and I water daily (except for this week since it has been raining like cats and dogs).
Any suggestions on herb gardening would be appreciated!
Well, I'm not sure how it's going to turn out, but so far so good. I saw a container garden in Simple magazine so of course I wanted to do it. It's herbs and stuff in galvanized tubs. So, Saturday we went out to Home Depot (Ace and Fred Meyer didn't have them) and bought 5 tubs. I planted some tomatoes in one, marigolds in all, nusturshim in one, strawberries in one, peppers in one, and herbs (cilantro, basil, and sage) in one. They look good now, but I'm afraid that I didn't leave enough room for the tomatoes to grow and that there won't be enough sun.
I went around the garden and took some pictures of how it looks today. It's overcast so the pics aren't too spectacular, but still.
I love my lilies, but I'm afraid that they've reproduced too much and won't get enough nutrients. We'll see. Last year they were taller than me and everyone I know and produced lovely sweet smelling flowers in the late summer. So pretty!
My iris is blooming. I didn't even know that the iris' were there, but I think a squirrel got a hold of some bulbs somehow. They bring the only color into our dull garden. At least it's green for now, but this summer should be fantastic!
The porch isn't looking too bad. There's a bunch of potted plants all around it. I like there being flowers around. I planted snapdragons on Saturday too and then weeded some of the pots. My father in-law brought some plants from his place since he went back to IL for a month...
Izzy loves to help me water them! She loves playing with water, but not in the water. We take our watering cans or the hose and water all the potted plants and then the garden. She's so cute, "Mommy's turn," she says when she needs a break. Then when I look like I'm having fun she come back and takes the hose again.
In a near by town there are big hanging off the lamp post. An email was sent out to help put together 22 of them, so i volunteered to help.