Something is chomping the crap out of the leaves of my black hollyhock. The leaves also appear to be a little crispy. It’s budding, though, so I’ll live with it.
If anyone has any idea about how to help it not look so attacked, I’m all ears.
And it finally came out for real today! It’s been raining and/or chilly for what feels like ages so I was really happy to see the sun full-on shining today. When I went for my lunchtime walk it was 70 with 5mph winds, so it felt glorious! I actually had to keep my walk pretty short because I wasn’t wearing uberstrength SPF and didn’t want to tempt fate.
The gardens have been happy for all the rain, but they also seemed pleased at today’s warmth and rays.
The other day I went out to empty our countertop food waste bin and noticed that something is sprouting right out of the compost bin!
This looks pretty similar to some of the volunteers that have sprouted in the raised bed closest to this bin. I’m thinking maybe cucumbers, or zucchini? I’ll probably pull these out as carefully as I can and transplant them into the bed.
Some of the plants in the ornamental gardens are looking ready to bloom any day now.
Dutch Iris (Mixed) in the driveway-side bed:
Mystery plant in the garage-side bed in the back yard:
Woodland Sage AKA Salvia ‘Plumosa’:
Many of these are plants I put in last year after ordering them online. They were super tiny and didn’t really do much last year, so it’ll be exciting to see them actually bloom this year.
Speaking of things I haven’t seen bloom before, I got a ton of Pink Hardy Gloxinia on clearance last year, after it was past its bloom. Now it’s starting to get going:
It’s got teeth!
I’m a bit concerned about this Black Hollyhock in the front yard. It is clearly not happy, but I’m not sure what the problem is. Too much sun? Bugs? Virus?
Any suggestions will be appreciated!
More photos on Flickr.
It is the first day of April and it was 78 degrees in Canton today! I believe that it may have set a record. I went for a walk at lunch and I was very glad I had a parasol with me because the sun was beating down and I definitely would have been too warm and possibly sunburned if I hadn’t.
I didn’t get out to take photos in the front garden until around 8pm tonight so they don’t show the glorious sunshine, but they do show some things budding and growing.
The black hollyhock I planted from seed last year didn’t do much then, but it seems to be growing pretty well so far this year:
As you can see, I still haven’t cleared out the leaves I mulched with last fall. The forecast for next week is cooler, and I’m not convinced that it’s safe yet.
What I think is the white astilbe seedling I planted last year is budding:
It never did much last year and it sure looks beensy this year! We’ll see.
I think this stuff is Curiosity (Nigella) that I planted from seed last year and which never did anything at all. It didn’t even sprout last year, but the seeds seem to have survived:
Finally, the lavender‘s not really doing anything yet but it is such a pretty silvery color:
This little guy was hanging out on the front garden today, eating maple tree whirligigs. I say, eat up! Just go poo somewhere else so the seeds don’t take – we already have an army of seedlings growing out there.
Life’s been really busy the past couple weeks! I haven’t posted nearly as much as I’d planned to, so here’s to catching up.
The common mullen that I’ve let go next to the front door has gotten huge and is starting to flower:
I realize that mullen is generally thought of as a weed, but it’s helping keep the yucky yucca at bay (not entirely, of course, but somewhat) and I was kind of curious to see how big it might get. From what I’ve read online, it is a biennial, so it’ll die after it blooms this year anyway. Apparently if you crush the leaves, you can use the sap to treat insect bites. I haven’t tried that yet.
This week I came home from work one day to find that the twelve purple leaf plum hedge shrubs I planted had been pulled out of the ground and were scattered on the neighbor’s driveway. I suspect, though the adult neighbor denies it, that their evil spawn did it. They leave him unattended all the time and the whole family seems to be lacking in the smarts department. I would not put it past them to lie to my face. Anyway, I soaked the roots and replanted them. Hopefully they’ll still survive.
In happier news, a bunch of the things I planted from seed up front are sprouting! We’ve got black hollyhock:
(thanks to Charli for those seeds!), a large area where I mixed several kinds of seeds – white swan echinacea, creeping baby’s breath, a white flower mixture (thanks to Charli for all three of those!) and purple dark opal basil:
and bee’s friend:
The edibles I planted up front are also sprouting. I’ve got alternating red velvet lettuce:
and mammoth red rock cabbage along the front walkway:
I also planted some Sunberry seeds along the neighbor’s driveway, but I haven’t seen any evidence of them sprouting yet. We’ll see.
We painted it black last year, so hopefully it will get nice and toasty and attract plenty of bats. We hung it high (it’s actually over a window – which K repaired the screen in before hanging the house – he was able to insert some 2×4 pieces into the window cavity so we had a nice solid place to mount it), which bats will apparently be attracted to as well. Our neighbors have about six hundred bird baths and other surfaces in which they allow water to stand so it would be awesome to have some bats in the ‘hood to eat up all the mosquitoes that breed next door.
Lots of the veggies in the back garden are growing like mad, which you can check out on Flickr. I’m mildly concerned that something is snacking on some of my potato leaves
Ants, maybe? There’s not a lot of damage yet, but if anyone has any tips, I’d love to hear them.
In totally non-garden-related news, we’re doing a kind of neat project for the summer at the ‘brary. Our theme for summer reading is Get Creative @ Your Library, and staff members can volunteer to create something which will then be raffled off to patrons who participate in summer reading. I decided to make a Grumpasaurus, who I have dubbed Grumpasaurus II: Electric Grumpaloo
I made him a little bigger than the original Grumpasaurus, who still lives in my office:
I tried to make G II a little less sinister-looking than the original, and I also played around with his spikes a little, making them bigger at the top. Hopefully someone will want him!
more photos at Flickr
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