Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Gardening'

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...