Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Garden Patrol

 A couple times each day, Teddy and I go on garden patrol.

 We have to check each outdoor room and make sure no intruders are hiding in the bushes.

 Teddy is very suspect that the bad kitties frolic in the gardens when she is not there.

 Giant hostas make great bad kitty hiding places.

 See how big they are compared to my stump?

 Teddy thinks the bad kitties slide down the creek when she is not looking.

 Oh look..the mountain laurels are blooming. This is one of my favorite plants.

 The 'New Dawn' roses are blooming on the pergola at the guest house.

 I found hardy figs and planted 2 of them.  This area used to be filled with fig trees but even though I dug ditches and buried them for winter, they eventually died. These are good up to -20 degrees and they grown to 20 ft..  I have no idea how I will harvest the figs at that height!

 The top pic shows what used to be my vegetable garden.  If my container garden does well this year and I don't get inundated with stink bugs, I will plant this area with lots of vegetables next year.

The bottom photo shows how much my trees have grown in a few years.  Not long ago you could see the side of my neighbors house.

 My rhubarb is ready to be picked and my garlic is tall.

 The roses smell like perfume.

 I put one of the garden totems I made on the cement table.

 When the new arborvitaes grow, there will be a wall of green once again behind the fireplace.

 It will run behind the counter to the door and continue to the left of the door.

 Top photo:  You always know when a plant has found it's favorite spot.  This Toadflax self seeded and it is 4 ft. tall in this area.

Bottom photo: Teddy thinks the bad kitties come here to steal her fish.

 When I was done doing a few chores I looked for Teddy.  I couldn't find her in the lower gardens.

Ah ha!  There is my faithful pup waiting right up at the gate for me!