Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Gardening'

Garden in Winter

There was a slight break in the rain and wind so I took a quick walk around the garden. It was gray and dark so I decided to use one of my old fixed-length lenses which was fun and...

After the Freeze

This morning I was reading my favorite garden blogs. The Outlaw Gardener had posted that his Basjoo banana had collapsed. I was pretty shocked because he had just posted yesterday pictures of it still standing. I remember looking out...

Garden d'Lights

We have had a string of arctic freezing temperatures the past week. We spent Saturday downtown Seattle enjoying the light, music and festive times. We decided to also visit the Garden d'Lights display at Bellevue Botanical Garden. I have...

Slouching towards winter

Vegetable beds Two weeks ago, we had not had a freeze yet. It wasn't but 3 days later that the first freeze arrived and we had 6 nights below freezing including two nights down to 23 degrees. Almost overnight...

Waiting for the Frost

We are in that holding waiting pattern - waiting for the first serious freeze. It can come any time from mid-October. One year just before Halloween, we had several hard freezes. The salvia bed in the picture above looked...

Garden 2013 Update 9

This has been a warm dry year. Everything has done well... if it has gotten water. We just can not keep up watering especially since we do not have anything on drip. G spends about 2-3 hours watering almost...

Garden 2013 Update 8

Zucchini anyone? Yep we have an abundant crop. We planted 3 plants of parthenocarpic (self pollinating) and we've been trying to harvest them soon. You can not turn your back on these guys else they just fatten up. We...

Basjoo Banana in Seattle

Musa basjoo bloom on July 6, 2013 We have been very proud of our Basjoo Banana this year. It has actually bloomed for us. Basjoo Banana - botanical name Musa basjoo is also known as Japanese banana or fiber...

Garden 2013 Update 7

Tomatoes new home The vegetable garden is doing great. This is an amazing summer. Very little rain in the past 3 weeks and lots of sun. It has not been too hot - the nights are a little mild...

Garden - Study in Red

Summer is in full swing and the garden is really blooming. Right now the dominant color is mostly red - along with the the shades of pink and orange. Here is a bit of what is blooming right now...

Garden 2013 Update 6

I'm behind a week again. I have just gotten around to uploading some pictures of the garden from last Sunday -16th of June. This is a great year for the garden. June has been warm and sunny many days....

Garden 2013 Update 4

Meconopsis 'Lingholm' Things are coming along very well in the garden. The main flower garden starts its spring glory right around Mother's Day on into the first week of June. Everything is right on time this year. I don't...

Late April in the Garden

Euphorbias along our driveway Seattle residents fuss over the weather. In the early 90's, we had rather predictable Spring weather. You knew when to plant and what to expect. But recently, you really have not known what to expect...

Vegetable Garden 2013 - Update 2

What a gorgeous end to the month of March! And so different from the endless wet gray days. The sun arrived and brought warmth - up to mid-60's. I hope that way do not have to pay for this...

Vegetable Garden Update

Peas are up! So is the swiss chard. Lettuce is a little slow yet. Tomatoes seeds are planted Peas will be going outside soon. We are growing potatoes this year. It is the first time in many many years....

Sowing Seeds for 2013 Vegetable Garden

It is time to start a vegetable garden. G wanted to take last year off so we only planted a few peas and tomatoes. But after a year off, he is back enthusiastic about the vegetables. He started some...

The peas are planted

What a wet March. But it was a beautiful start to April today. Warm. Sixty degrees. Sun. G got a chance to mow the lawn for the first time this year. He also planted out our pea starts. Sugar...

Vegetable starts 2012

Well, it is time to start our seeds for our vegetable garden. We took a look at what we had left in our seed storage and what items to tempt us from the Territorial Seed catalog. I really wanted...

Spring Birding in the backyard

I love the birds that visit our garden in the Spring. Today was one of those busy bird days. We had visits from everyone. The Robins have been coming through the yard in packs - cocking their head from...

Vegetable Garden 2011 - #4

I has been a month since I updated what is happenin' in the vegetable garden. It is very interesting to see how the vegetables are reacting to the weather. We have had a lot more gray days but the...

Study in Yellow

Echeveria This week - yellow is the predominant color in the garden. Lots of different shapes and textures in bloom. Halimium lasianthum Phlomis fruticosa Phlomis chrysophylla Cytisus battandieri Aconitum vulparia Abutilon 'Canary Bird' Zinnia And a little deviation -...

Vegetable Garden 2011 - #3

The weather continues to be mostly gray and overcast. It has been frustrating this year because we'll have a gorgeous warm day and then the next day will be back to gray and rain. We have had a couple...

Study in Green

The vegetables may not like the cool damp weather but leafy perennials sure do. I was amazed at the shapes and colors of the various green perennials on my walk around the garden this week. From the dry shade garden:...

Vegetable Garden 2011 - #2

I feel like I'm in a time warp. Or maybe like the movie "Groundhog Day". You know.. the one where you wake up and it is the same as the previous day. It has been like that all Spring....

Vegetable Garden 2011 - #1

God this has been a terrible April. It has been cold with several days of snow and hail. We did not even have one day above 60 degrees until almost the end of April. But it was a tease....

Dreaming of Spring

Sky Nursery This is the Northwest Flower Show week. Time to start thinking of Spring and our garden. We have had cold icy snowy weather this week also. But Friday dawned sunny. It was deceptive - from the house...

Putting the garden to bed

October in the front yard It is time to put the garden to bed. We have been enjoying the last few sunny days. This October has actually been very good. We have had several days of rain and overcast...

Fall Season in Seattle Plant Nurseries

Fall display at Sky Nursery Our good friend J visited this weekend. He is another plantsman who works in a nursery in Spokane. G and J worked together for several years at the now closed Seattle Garden Center in...

Vegetable Garden 2010 - #7

Fall is coming! Yes, in fact, I think it is here! The weather usually changes pretty dramatically here after Labor Day. This year it started just before. The clouds have rolled in. They days are gray and wet. The...

Vegetable Garden 2010 - #6

I was looking over the vegetable garden posts from last year and we are almost a month behind where we were last year. By August 16th, we had enough tomatoes to can a dozen jars. This year we only...

Weird carrots

We did an experiment this year. We started the carrots in seed pots and then transplanted them into the garden. We thought this would be a great way to get a head start and not have to thin the...

Vegetable Garden 2010 - #5

Linden Tree blossom I'm sitting here and the herbal smell of the Tilia tree is wafting in on the warm breeze. Tilia, also known as linden or lime tree, is one of my favorite summer trees. It always reminds...

Vegetable Garden 2010 - #4

Dahlia Sunshine Here we are - the first of July. Not much has happened in the vegetable garden in the past month of June. It has been cool and gray. The flowers love it but the vegetables are just...

Now in the garden - Golden and variegated foliage

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola’ On these dark June days, one of the "bright" spots of the garden has been the golden and variegated foliage plants. They seem to glow on the gray days bringing a lot of interesting and light...

Vegetable Garden 2010 - #3

Rain, Rain, Go Away! We are still on a 75 degree watch here in Seattle. Today is the current record for the latest day in the year to hit 75. The sun has partially come out but it is...

What's Bloomin in June

This has been such a dismal end to May. I'm still waiting for the temperatures to reach 75 degrees. Some of the plants have enjoyed the warm rain. The days are long up here above the 45th degree parallel....

Vegetable Garden 2010 - #2

We had a cold April so it has been a little slower getting the vegetable garden going. The lettuce which we did start early and have babied it through the cold is finally paying off. It is almost time...

Vegetable Garden 2010 - #1

Tomato starts April has been very unpredictable. We had a beautiful February and then suddenly mid-March - we've had a wild ride of weather. Some days beautiful. Other days freezing or torrential hail. It got to a low of...

Frost!

Well, we tempted the fates and it looks like we survived. After weeks of low temperatures in the 40's and sunny days, the weather turned to the north and we got a frosty blast on Monday. The low at...

Spring seeds are sown

' January and February have been amazing. Just under normal rain but record setting temperatures. We are risking all and going for an early garden. We have lettuce and pea starts. We put these out today! We do have...

A Taste of Spring - Witt Winter Garden

I've been reading about the ugly weather that has been happening this week in California. Heavy rain, wind, thunderstorm - so typical of an El Nino year. The storms that normally swing farther north to the Pacific Northwest come...

House Orchids

Maclellanara Pagan Lovesong "Ruby Charles" It can be so dreary, dark, gray, cold here in the Pacific Northwest in winter. You get occasional days of sun. But so often it is depressing. The current temperature is 'warm' - 45°F or...

Photohunt: Free Week

The garden reflected in raindrops on Salvia mexicana This week's photohunt is a free week - we get to share the photo of our choice. I woke up to a hard rain on the roof. The forecast was for...

End of Vegetable Garden Season

Last of the tomatoes We are shutting down our vegetable garden for the season. We have a few more vegetables left to harvest but it is mainly done for the season. This has been a good year especially for...

Home Canned Tomatoes

The hot weather has given us a bumbercrop of tomatoes. I decided it was time to can some tomatoes. I had a dozen pint jars and we had way enough tomatoes to fill them.G said he wanted to help...

Summer heatwave

Hot summers are rare in Seattle. Located near the water, there is always a cool marine influence. This year it has been hot and dry! It happens. If it is going to get hot in Seattle - it will...

Vegetable Garden 2009 #6

The tomatoes are fattening up and some are getting lighter but we still do not have our first ripe tomato. We went out of town last week and they got a little stressed while we were gone. It has...

Vegetable Garden 2009 #5

Wow! what a difference in just three weeks! My last update was on June 14th. We had just had seen our first tomatoes - little tiny Oregon Stars. The weather turned a little cool about two weeks ago but...

Garden Tour

I was inspired by WCS video garden tour. He did a tour of his vegetable garden that was fun to watch. My small Canon SD800 has a video mode so I made the following video of the garden in front...

Colour My Garden: Pink & Fuchia

Rosa glauca Our streak of rain-free days has come to an end. It rained Thursday bringing the streak to an end. We matched the previous record of 29 consecutive dry days in May-June. It was nice to hear the...

Colour My Garden: Blue & Purple

> Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' I don't have any particular color scheme in our garden. Our garden is totally a plantsman garden. No design. No rhyme. No scheme. There are plants scattered through the area. I love to walk the...

Vegetable Garden 2009 #4

Yes, we have tomatoes! Three of the tomatoes on the driveway and one in the greenhouse have fruit. The first one to fruit is a new variety for us, Oregon Star. The plant looks a little funky. The leaves...

Colour My Garden: Yellow

Fremontodendron 'California Glory' I love this time of the year in the garden. The garden just erupts in color. Yesterday I took the opportunity to walk around and take some pictures. I noticed right off that yellow was the...

Arum Dioscoridis

G loves unusual plants. Can you tell from our travels? We have orchids and loads of salvias. Arums and the related genus like Arisaema is another plant family he loves. He worked many years at Seattle Garden Center in...

Vegetable Garden 2009 #3

First harvest - lettuce Wow! What a different three warm weeks will make. We have been having gorgeous weather here in Seattle. It has been up in the 80's this week. You can almost see the garden growing. I...

Vegetable Garden 2009 #2

The weather has started to warm up. Finally! Lows are still into the mid-low 40's but we have had a couple of nights of low more around 50 degrees. High temperatures - a couple of days into the 60's but...

Vegetable Garden 2009 #1

Amy's May flower post reminded me that I need to post how our vegetable garden is coming along. I like to blog about it so we can keep a record of when we plant our garden and how it...

Spring Menagerie

We had quite the menagerie in our garden yesterday. It started out when we saw a pair of mallard ducks walking down our street. We've seen this in the past and I think it was around this time in...

Spring Garden Planning

It is that time again. Time to start our seedlings for this year's vegetable garden. We are going to change some of the items that we grew last year. Some things didn't work well. We are going to try...

Planning a vegetable garden

It has been several years since we have had a real vegetable garden and not a few tomato plants in pots. This year we are using the space G used for his nursery and we are going to put in...

Seattle Arboretum

It has been cold and frosty this past week. The lows have been getting down almost to 20 degrees. The low sun does not reach into the backyard and icicles are coming out of the ground. But usually the...

Last harvest of Sugar Snap Peas

Today we harvested the last of the sugar snap peas. They were starting to crowd and shade the green beans so it was time to go. They did well this year. We got about three weeks of harvests off...

Rudbeckia

My rudbeckias are just starting to bloom. They are one of my favorite summer flowers. I have them in a pot with blue salvias. They also make great bouquets. I'm looking forward to cutting some soon....

In bloom this week

We were gone last week for Fathers Day and the garden seemed to erupt while we were gone. Many of the salvias are blooming and I hope to get a slide show next week when I get my new macro...

In bloom this week

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Pot Roundup

There is a special plastic recycling collection for farmers in Snohomish county next weekend. Northwest Ag Plastic recycling will be collecting plastic nursery pots along with hay bale bags and twine. They will recycle these into black nursery items,...

Blooms of the week

Here is what is in bloom this week in the garden ....

So how are the tomatoes coming?

G moved the tomatoes up today. They are now in their 20 gallon tubs and located in the sunny corner of the greenhouse. A few of them are already flowering but it will probably still be a while before...

How does my garden grow?

This is a planting weekend. The sugar snap peas are coming along nicely. They are just about 2 feet high. We have the tomatoes in the greenhouse but they are growing slowly. We took advantage of the nursery sales and...

May Flowers

Paeonia mlokosewitschii April showers bring May Flowers How true. The cherries have finished blooming and the trees are leafing out. It is now on to the next wave of blooming plants. The neighborhoods are a riot of color; filled...

Gardening in Seattle

This winter has been so dreary and cold. I need something to lift my spirits and what better than way than to observe the seasonal changes in the garden. It is early and I will try to track what is...