My parents have a beautiful yard full of rhododendrons. Some of them are older than I am!
Most varieties of rhodo are too big for container gardens, though plenty stay under 3’/1m. They are also pretty tolerant of shade, so even a small yard can host a rhodo or two!
Anemones are blooming! This one’s called ‘Sylphide’ and is a very dramatic magenta against the deep merlot of the ‘Black Hero’ tulips. Zoom in to see all the cool details!
This ‘Perfect Lady’ narcissus greeted me on the way out the door this morning. It’s lovely to see the bulbs I planted last fall starting to bloom after a dreary spring.
March 26, 2018
Started up my veggie garden yesterday with two new self-watering planters from a local startup called Patch Planters.
Last fall I decided I wanted to downsize from my large storage tub planter (not coincidentally while I was mucking out roughly 40L of soil from said planter).
I saw these little guys at the BC Home & Garden show a few weeks back and was intrigued. The planters are small (shoebox sized), lightweight, and collapsible. Each holds about 4-5” of soil and roughly 3L of water. They’re made mostly of materials I’d describe as “sort of like tarp” and “some kind of coated paper? fabric??” so I’m a little skeptical of how well they’ll hold up after a full season outdoors, but I’m excited to find out!
Right now I’ve got a third of each planter sown with an Easter Egg radish and a mesclun. Over the next two weeks I’ll fill in the remaining two-thirds and see if I can’t get a succession crop going.
March 6, 2018
Bulbs + containers
I have a beautiful ceramic pot that sits on my front step year-round. It’s the perfect size for the plain plastic grower’s pots my favourite garden centre sells, so I have a rotating pair of pots I swap out. Last summer’s skeletons got replaced this weekend with a fresh pot of crocus, iris, and narcissus. I planted the bulbs last October, and they overwintered on my back deck, protected by an upside-down tomato cage wrapped in frost blanket.
I’ve also filled my big rectangular self-watering planter with tulips, anemones, and gladiolus. I used a couple of plexiglass sheets and some pot toes to make a simple cold frame to keep the soil temperature up a little through the winter. It looks like the tulips are on their way up at least!
Ah my small green babies, how you have grown!
Tomato cages are great for tomatoes and all, but I find them really helpful for squashes too! I don’t have the horizontal room for sprawling stems, so the cage helps funnel that growth upwards instead.
Tomato & zucchini update!
Deck garden jumble! Deck jungle?
May 26, 2017
Top-down, left to right:
1. Peas! They’re about eye-level now (cheating because the soil’s about knee height)((also I’m 5’2″)) and should be developing flowers soon!
2. I planted these a couple weeks ago, golden beets along the edges (husbo loves beets, apparently) and rainbow carrots down the centre. The germination rate is good, helped by a burst of warm weather. Beets come up thickly because the seeds are actually clusters, and carrot seeds are too tiny to space out evenly. I’ll have to thin these out in a week or so.
3. Herbs! I still haven’t planted a basil like I intended, and now I think I may just abstain and let the thyme and sage have the extra space.
4. Nasturtiums (left) and poppies (right) are starting to show tiny buds tucked among the masses of leaves
5 & 6. Strawberry and blackberry flowers, respectively. I can’t wait for delicious berries!