Springtime in the Garden (Photos)

Spring is here and the garden is most certainly coming alive! Unfortunately some freezing temperatures are in the forecast for later in the week here in Tennessee. Here's a quick look at what you will find in my garden at the moment! Purple leaf plum and forsythia   I trimmed the forsythia back after it bloomed last year into more of a small shrub. They can get very large if you let them grow. Forsythias are an easy plant to propagate if you want more of them. Just take a cutting 4-5 inches long and place it in a pot of soil and keep moist. There is no need for rooting hormone to propagate forsythias!   I planted these 'Jonquil' daffodils in the fall. Daffodils are such and easy bulb to grow that everyone should have a few planted! They are as deer proof as anything gets. I have tons…

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Garden Photo Updates from the Weekend

Here's a quick look at my garden from the weekend! The 'Diablo' ninebark is in bloom.  It has beautiful purple-copper hued leaves and flowers with these clusters of white flowers each spring. In the vegetable garden the lettuce is coming along - finally.  It's taken a while this year to get some good germination.  I think the weather fluctuations have influenced things significantly. The strawberries are eaten more often outdoors than indoors...what a great snack to have available while weeding! I have 13 pepper plants planted now ranging from spicy to sweet.  Yep I planted the Ghost pepper.  Will I eat it?  Um...highly doubtful! I mentioned on Facebook the other evening that I treated some Bermuda grass with vinegar.  Here is the result after 24 hours.  Some damage is obvious but it will need repeat treatments.  I'll spray again tomorrow and measure the effect.  I'm using simple non-horticultural grade white…

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A Few Garden Photos from the Week

It's been a very busy week for me and I haven't had much time to write but I did want to post a few photos of what is growing in the garden. Today is a rainy soggy mess in the garden and not very well suited for gardening so looking back at the garden photos from the week is the perfect activity! Ornamental Allium  I'm a big fan of heucheras.  This beauty is 'Caramel'. Not 'Caramel' but with a similar color.   A couple more irises with burgundy falls and yellow standards. A flat of pak choi seedlings.  The weather has been cool and wet this year which is giving me an opportunity to germinate a few things for sequential planting. Our first peony flowers are in bloom. The snowball viburnum is in full bloom.  Those branches get very heavy! Irises at the shed. Cilantro seedlings are coming along. African…

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One Misty Morning

This morning was one where the garden was draped in a fog.  Fog adds a touch of mystery to any scene. This sunrise picture was taken from our back deck.  A birch tree to the left is sporting its last few remaining leaves while the maple is clinging to the last of the fall colors. Our blue garden shed was so enshrouded in the mist that it could barely be seen from the house. A light frost could be seen on the surfaces of the grass as well as the grill.  It wasn't enough to cause freezing fog. Our tulip poplar tree as seen through the foggy mist. One more look through the maple tree toward the rising sun.

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Around Our Garden Landscape

This weekend after all the garden related chores were done for the day, and just before sunset came, I took a few photographs of how our gardens look this April.  I still have mulching, pruning, weeding, and many other things to do but I thought it would be a good time to share some of our garden with you.  These pictures are mostly of the backyard but there is one of our sideyard garden where the arbor is.  The first picture is a wide shot of the backyard.  The lawn in the middle is framed by the vegetable garden to the right and the birdbath garden to the left. One of these days I'll repair the birdbath and get it back out there!  This year has been extremely busy and I've put off some projects in favor of others.  The birdbath is one of the "do later" chores.  You can…

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A Few Garden Images of March

If you follow Growing The Home Garden on Facebook you may have already seen some of these pictures!  The garden is really coming alive thanks to the extra warm weather.  This post is very garden picture heavy!  See if you can identify the plants in each photo.  Try not to cheat by looking at the file names of the images! Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4  Photo5  Photo 6  Photo7  Photo 8  Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo11  Photo 12  Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo  15 Photo  16 Photo 17 Good luck!  Just identify the plants in the comments below and I'll check back later to see how correct you are!

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Autumn’s Morning Light Through the Trees

Here are a couple pictures of the morning sky through the newly bare trees. The trees with leaves are either oak or eastern cedar depending on where you look.  The cedar of course is evergreen but the oaks tend to hang on to their leaves until much later. This old tree is marked for cutting but sometimes you can find beauty in the least expected places.  The sun's rays through the center of the trees two remaining branches create a heart of golden light in the center. I hope you'll stop on over to visit the Fall Color Project 2011.  There have been quite a few new additions.  Two today from Tennessee and as soon as I can write them up we'll add Alabama and Ohio to our collection of fall color states! The above pictures were taken with a Nikon D40. Which (I think) is no longer made, its…

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The Frosted Garden

The first frosts are almost always something that this gardener dreads.  Mostly because it is the end of the growing season - mostly, some plants will grow on through the winter. But if you look closely at the frost you can also find it is a thing of beauty. Frost on Viburnum x burkwoodii Frost on Butterfly Bush Frost on a Solar Globe Light Frost on Oregano Frost on 'Shasta' viburnum Frost on Thyme Have you had your first frost yet?   Have a safe and happy Halloween! Join the 2011 Fall Color Project and share the brilliance of Autumn!

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Randomness Around the Garden

This was one of those weekends where my garden time was fairly limited. I still managed to get outdoors some and accomplish a few little things. The biggest task was putting together the garden cart for my mower. It took almost two hours. That's probably where most of my outdoor time went but when it comes to paying the store $20 or doing the job myself I'd rather keep the money in my pocket! I did take a few minutes to photograph some of what's going on in the garden. The self-sowing celosia is looking great! This particular flower is almost in the shape of a crown. I planted celosia two years ago here and it has taken off.  Be warned because it could become invasive if you allowed it to run amok. Of course it's easy enough to control with just a little bit of manual labor. The crape…

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Bee Photography

Here are a few pictures of the bees in my garden.  I hope you enjoy the beeutiful photos! Bee on a coneflower Purple Coneflower Bee on a sunflower Sunflower Bee on a cosmos flower Cosmos Bee on verbena Verbena bonariensis  Bee on 'Oranges and Lemons' Gaillardia 'Oranges and Lemons' Gaillardia Two Bees on coneflower 'Sunset' Coneflower My garden "bee" friendly, don't you think?

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