Friday, May 22, 2015

My Memorial Day Weekend Garden

 I walked around my upper garden early this morning trying to mentally organize all of the cooking I have to do over the next two days.  I had to stop myself to enjoy how everything is looking right now.

 I love this time of year in the garden.  Everything is planted and orderly.  Perennials are mostly all opened. Soon it will turn into a jungle so it is nice to appreciate it now.

 My cistern is running, click for a closer look.

 One of my mirror chains hanging in the oakleaf hydrangeas.  When the sun hits these chains it is so beautiful.

 The second planting of lettuces is just coming up.

 Sunflowers, cilantro, blueberries, bay leaf and an olive tree that is loaded with olives.

 I still have not decided what to do with my mostly dead maple (thanks doofus neighbor) so I am growing Brown Eyed Susan vines up it this summer.

 This is the greenhouse I bought recently.  I haven't done much with it yet because I am going to paint it to match my house.  I am dreading it but my main house is going to be painted this summer and Teddy is not going to be happy about workmen crawling all over it.

 Apples.

 Basil and tomatoes.  These have to be covered tonight because we are going to have a frost.  We've had a few nice cool days and it really reminds me of Memorial Days from years ago.  I always loved waking up on chilly Memorial Days, decorating my bike and riding it in the parade in the small town I grew up in.  My dad would dress up in his fireman's uniform and march with all the other firemen.  I would be so proud when I saw them all.

 Clematis.

 The big planter in the middle of my path.

 One of the cherub planters.

 Perennials in the raised bed planter.

 Climbing hydrangeas.

 These are the Salem Witch daylilies.  They will bloom on the 4th of July.

 The other raised bed planter.  Both of these used to hold my maples which had to come out because their roots were splitting the rocks.

This weekend marks the unofficial start to Summer and is bringing me closer to my countdown to Fall.

19 comments:

laurie said...

I'm so glad you have that happy memory of childhood,
your gardens look beautiful, Olives, wow!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, all very tidy and ship-shape!

Mary said...

You need to tell me about that beautiful old door in the partial stone building. I love that it still partially remains. Have a great weekend,

Jeri Landers said...

Your garden is a sequence of continuous delights!

TARYTERRE said...

Your gardens are lovely. Such an idyllic setting. I really like that area where your wind chimes hang. It must sound glorious when a breeze blows.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi mary! i designed the door and garage to look old. i bought the old doorknocker on ebay.

Craig said...

It's clear how much hard work you put into it. It's very lovely. Happy Memorial day weekend!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your garden is beautiful--looks so peaceful. For whatever it is worth I also have a doofus neighbor who feels the need to trim my trees but not his own!

thecottagebythecranelakethree said...

Your gardens look wonderful now! It's amazing how fast You passed us, we had spring long before You and we still only have apple blossom here :-)

Yes this is the best time of the year, too soon we'll get used to it here and You'll have it awfully high temperatures.

Have a great day!
Christer.

Gemmagirl said...

What an amazing garden. I'm just like you, I like spring because it brings me closer to fall. Thanks for sharing.

chickpea678 said...

Gosh Joyce, your gardens are so beautiful! And you are so industrious! Already your second planting of lettuce!

Guillaume said...

I long for a garden and envy you for having such a beautiful one. I envy your skills and patience.

Jamie. said...

Such a beautiful garden! I thoroughly enjoy your pictures!

Barb said...

I just love the old stone(new that looks old??) It is just perfect with the old door.The garden is just beautiful!!

Kay said...

Oh wow! Everything looks so very awesome!!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Yes, this is the prettiest time of year..I guess. But..I like the overgrown time too...when everything is sort of wild and free looking...both ways are lovely.
I mean..Joyce, HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL?
I'm amazed when I get the dishes done at night. :)

M. Silvius said...

Such a cozy little garden.

Joyce said...

Everyday I look forward to receiving your post. Have you ever posted the history of your house. I see the old bring and stone work and know that is some history. Please consider telling the story.
Thanks. Keep the posts coming.

Valerie said...

Your garden is inspirational. Here in the mountains, it is almost time to plant--night temperatures are finally above 30 (most of the time!). Hope you have a great Memorial Day.