What’s Happening in the Garden, May 29, 2021.

Hi everyone! We are in the middle of a beautiful spring here in Salem and I thought I’d share a few photos of our garden. I hope to blog more consistently this year. Please leave a comment and say hi if you’re here. I’d love to know who’s stopping by, and your energy will inspire me to post more often.

Lots of zinnia, nasturtium and basil seedlings are ready to plant. It’s very cool, windy and rainy today, so I’m waiting another day or two.
I’ve also started coleus, marigolds, hollyhocks, alyssum, dianthus, cosmos, Brussels sprouts, eggplant and some tomatoes…hoping to plant on Monday!
My greatest success so far this spring is the return of my perennial hibiscus. These take their time to show green in the spring and we have given up too early in the past and tossed them. This year I ordered everyone away, held my breath and here it is! I’m honestly not sure what color the blossoms were, but I do remember that they were large and beautiful last year!
Salvia and yarrow, with much more to come in this corner..
Kale, radishes, lettuce and onions..
This is a Russian Kale that I planted on Mother’s Day. I found the seedlings for sale at a coffee shop downtown..
New garden fence is in progress.. that rhododendron used to live in our front yard.
Lemon balm is everywhere. If anyone who lives nearby wants some, just let me know. This is one of my very favorite herbs. I put it in everything!
Bee balm is about to bloom. I’m trying to decide if the white flower is a weed or not.. if anyone knows, please comment so I can take care of it!
Siberian iris are starting to bloom ! ❤️
And the ducks are still entertaining us! We have ducklings and goslings, but I don’t see them today. They’re often out early in the morning with their mamas.

Wishing all of you peace, love and a moment of reflection and gratitude this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have sacrificed so much.

Love, Michele

What’s Happening in the Garden- August 12, 2017

Hi everyone!

Here’s a few quick pics just to stay in the game.   This has been the year of the bunny. We’ve been inundated with rabbits who have eaten everything! We do have decent rows of kale, swiss chard and Brussel sprouts but our harvest of beans, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumber and zucchini are very low.   Michael’s been working hard to secure the fence and we’ve finally got a handle on them inside the fenced area, but the wider yard is their’s to roam! There’s also a lack of black-eyed Susan and many of the other perennials that we enjoy every year. I keep telling myself that the roots haven’t been eaten, so maybe these plants will come back stronger than ever next year.

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave me a comment or question. I love to hear from you!

Lots of garden love,

Michele

 

The Salem Garden Club’s 2017 Garden Stroll

Every other year the Salem Garden Club holds a garden tour, officially called the “stroll”. This year’s tour highlighted gardens on Hamilton, Chestnut, Federal, Lynn and River Streets and I truly believe that it was the best ever! Michael and I enjoyed the tour before and after my volunteer time in one of the gardens on River Street and I quickly took photos as I went along. This slideshow is a simple collection of my favorites… They’re not too fancy, but I did manage to capture many of the little details that caught my eye in each wonderful space.

Enjoy!

Love, Michele

ps/ 5pm on Friday– This post began as a slideshow and had big technical problems, so I just changed the pictures to individual images. Hope that improves your viewing experience! xoxo

IMG_0213IMG_0211IMG_0206IMG_0204IMG_0202IMG_0201IMG_2941IMG_2940IMG_2939IMG_2938IMG_2937IMG_2936fullsizeoutput_237cIMG_2934IMG_2933IMG_2932IMG_2931fullsizeoutput_237bIMG_2929IMG_2928IMG_2926fullsizeoutput_237afullsizeoutput_2379fullsizeoutput_2378IMG_2920fullsizeoutput_2356IMG_2917IMG_2916IMG_2915IMG_2914IMG_2913IMG_2912IMG_2911fullsizeoutput_2355IMG_2908IMG_2907IMG_2906IMG_2905IMG_2904IMG_2902IMG_2898IMG_2896fullsizeoutput_2353IMG_2892IMG_2890IMG_2889IMG_2888IMG_2887IMG_2885IMG_2884IMG_2883IMG_2882IMG_2880IMG_2877IMG_2875IMG_2873IMG_2872IMG_2871IMG_2870IMG_2869IMG_2868IMG_2867IMG_2866IMG_2865IMG_2864IMG_2863IMG_2862IMG_2861IMG_2860IMG_2859IMG_2857IMG_2856IMG_2855IMG_2854IMG_2853IMG_2852IMG_2850

 

 

 

 

What’s Happening in the Garden- May 13, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms who may be reading! One of the many luxuries I allowed myself this weekend was taking the time to snap some quick photos for a blog post.  These were taken yesterday before the inch or so of rain that we were hit with today.

Spring has finally sprung here in Salem, Massachusetts!

Since we’ve had a lot of rain everything is lush and green… a very different scenario from last year when we were in a severe drought all. season. long.

IMG_2827Michael welcomed spring last weekend by replacing four of our five raised beds. They’re sturdy and should serve us well for five years or so.

IMG_2820

I haven’t had time to do much seed starting this spring so I’ll direct sow some things and I purchased spring seedlings a few weeks ago. I saw these celery plants and decided to give them a try. We had a cold snap about ten (?) days ago and they suffered a little but they seem to be greening up again.

IMG_2821

I also purchased  Brussel sprouts which were quickly chomped on by someone, a bunny or deer? Yes, we have deer in our yard here in the city of Salem. They’re beautiful creatures but not so good for the garden.

IMG_2823

The sweet peas grew quickly from seed and the spinach is quite happy. They all just push those rocks to the side, don’t they?

IMG_2819

My little row of Swiss chard is also being “tasted.”  I think those are bunny tooth prints.

IMG_2824

The lettuce is starting to sprout. It needs some vermi-compost and rock removal, stat.

IMG_2822

And then there’s the kale, always easy, always happy… you can’t go wrong with kale.

IMG_2832

I did go wrong with this passion flower that I plunked in late last fall. I bought it on sale and I can’t find the receipt or container or I’d take it back.

IMG_2828

On the brighter side, the liatris that I planted last fall are starting to bloom.

IMG_2829

I scattered them in front of the garden fence. I may move more mid spring blooms into that bed to keep them company next year.

IMG_2834

Our apple trees are full of blooms too. We may have a real apple crop this year! We bought some organic horticultural oil to spray on the trees to keep the pests away and it helped them get off to a good start. We’ll repeat it after the flowers start to turn to fruit.

IMG_2833

I believe that this is the first time I’ve photographed an apple blossom. 🙂

IMG_2826

Our horseradish is prolific and about to bloom.  I think it’s funny that these flowers will surely smell like horseradish.

IMG_2835

In the beds closer to the house the bleeding heart are beautiful.

IMG_2814

The lovage came back beautifully and I replaced some thyme with fresh new plants.

IMG_2818

Soloman’s seal, iris and lamium are thriving in a part sun/ shade area.

IMG_2837

And I’ve got a few tomato plants that are ready to go out in a week or two. I started these sweetie tomato plants at work with the participants in my program and brought some extras home when we thinned them out. They’re a bit crowded in their pots, but I think they’ll be okay for a little while longer. I’ve been watering them from the bottom in hopes of forming strong roots systems. I’ll keep you posted…

We got new chicks this  year so I made my first video!  You’ll hear me taking about them toward the end. I’d like to do more of this and work on making it a little zippier, but it’s a start!

 

I hope that all is well in your garden, wherever you are.  Thanks for stopping by and don’t be afraid to leave me a comment and say hi if you’d like to!

Love to you all,

Michele