The Upper Garden

 Blooms for brains.

 I bought these planters this year to grow some tomatoes. So far, I am pretty impressed. The yellow things between them are the water gauges.  You fill the tanks on the bottom with water and it is wicked up in four different areas in each planter.  Time will tell.

 I have lots of pepper blossoms right now.

Especially on these peppers which are new for me this year.
 I also planted some of these tomato bags.  They are filled with coco coir which is supposed to be a great growing medium for tomatoes. Time will tell on these too.

 My first tomato...the thrill of it all!

 My fig tree is thriving.  But something is eating the leaves on most of my eggplants?  Do any of you know what this is and how to treat it?

 My first eggplant.

 The first of the lettuce and arugula is almost used up and it will be a while before the second planting is ready. I should have planted sooner.


 The last few years I have planted basil seeds in my strawberry planter and it has been very successful.

 My bay trees are thriving.

 Teddy's sunflowers.

Hopefully I will get some blueberries before the birds get them.  I live in an aviary.  The birds have been eating my strawberries before they turn red.  It's hopeless.
 My chives were spreading so fast that I dug most of them up and planted them in planters. These are very convenient just outside my garden room door.

 One of the raised planters.

 For those of you that asked about the mirror chains, I tried to get a few pics of them. When the sun hits them, it looks like fairies are dancing in the garden.

 Copper spider on it's web.

 Mirror chain.

 The Oakleaf Hydrangeas are about to bloom and my allergies are about to get even worse than they already are.  But I love these guys.  You don't need a calender when you have these in your garden.  I can tell what time of the year it is just by looking at these plants.

 Pool's open!

 The ladies will watch you while you swim.


sprinkle food grade diotomatious earth on your leaves after you water them. I love looking at your gardens.....spectacular!!!
chickpea678 said…
Wow your garden is spectacular!
We have a similar "head planter" to yours, except ours is made of cast iron and weighs a friggin ton. My Rare One lugged it home from Stratford Ontario on the plane a few years ago. We call it, appropriately enough, "The Heavy Head."
SHERRY said…
Always love to visit you. Your house and gardens are so beautiful and I really think you should have your own cooking put Paula and Martha to shame.
Anonymous said…
oh my goodness, such an amazing garden, its your unique touches that make it so utterly amazing,, I love love love that spider web!!!!!!! I'm going to try making one!!!!!
Hope you find what is eating the leaves of your eggplants. Pesky bugs. Loving the ladies by the pool. But I am crazy for your blooming brain.
Cottage Tails said…
LOVE your pool I'd be in it all summer long. Your garden is looking great
Guillaume said…
I don't have a whole garden for myself, let alone an upper garden... So I envy you, especially since you take such good care of it.
Mary Ann said…
Your garden is as beautiful as your spirit!
I agree with Mary Ann. Your garden suits you.
I loved the chains...little things of interest just adds. Not to push you or anything but..what are you planning for your new little glass house thingy? Fall and Halloween is just around the corner you know. :) My tiny pumpkins to fill the wee wheelbarrow just arrived. Can you believe they are some sort of seed pods that look just like itty bitty pumpkins? Cute as heck.
I ...again..didn't do a garden this year. I don't dare try something like that with the water situation like it is.
Ah well...
Craig said…
You certainly have green fingers. It all looks superb. I like your architectural elements in the garden too, especially the door!
Jim said…
I can see how important heat is in growing a garden. Yours is looking very fine. Living in zone 5A here, we have to wait till the first full moon in June before it is 100% safe from frost. So our season is very short compared to yours.
I just bet those 'ladies' have a few tales to tell!!
Barb said…
The garden is just beautiful!!!