The girls and I went to check on the garden behind the library. We ended up digging potatoes we planted a few months ago. The library was also having its monster machines demonstration. Big machines were on display like a fire truck and helicopter. I asked the pilot and owner if he ever used the helicopter to go on vacation. His reply, "No, I can't afford to." He said that once when the traffic was really badon I20, he got a call to fly Bishop Jakes from Redbird Airport to his church, The Potter's House.
In June, 2013 we were approved for a lot in Discovery Garden, located behind the Zula B. Wiley Public Library. June is not the most desirable month to start a garden in North Texas, but I had to start somewhere. I decided to plant in this community garden things I think about planting, but don't because of lack of space in the backyard garden. I started with the staples-bell pepper, and tomatoes, but since this garden would have full sun I decided to plant peanuts, zucchini,and green beans(rattlesnake). The raised garden bed is made of cement blocks with the outside blocks turned up to include more plants (I thought this was a good use of space. See pic) my daughter transplanted merigolds about three inches tall from our backyard flower garden to plant in these spaces to creat a border around the front of the garden. I planted skyscraper sunflowers from seed to create a border around the back of the garden. We were not disappointed with the flowers, in fact we were thrilled.
The plants at Discovery Garden are coming along nicely. Although I prefer to plant only perennials, I've gotten hooked on this lovely flower annual, alyssum or snow princess. The fragrance is sweet, lovely and divine. I only wish everyone could smell it. I have visited homes where alyssum is planted alone the walkway, with their fragrance making quite an impression as you walk to the front door. Because of the harsh winter we had this year, this is the first year I've to replant them.
This is the first time in many years that I decided to grow corn. Looks like it doing well.
I have noticed that many other gardeners are growing potatoes, like the ones below.
We added swiss chard and watermelons to garden. We label plants to easily identify them the benefit of the general public.
Our garden will be plot 20 again. We will try to take advantage of every square inch of the plot. We are working to be even more substanable in our gardening.
My marigolds always exceed my expectations with their vibrant yellows and orange. I planted these flowers from seed about three or four years ago in a flower bed in my back yard. When they are a few inches tall, I transplant some of them to the community garden. I plant them along the outside of the garden bed in the holes in the cement blocks. Marigolds are supposed to help with unwanted insects. They have a strong fragrance and that is supposed to help repel the bugs. They a welcome sight to those of us who are longing for the blooms from annuals that are dying out after summer's end.
Discovery Garden, located at Cedar Hill's public library, has been featured in the Dallas Morning News and Cedar Hill Bubble Life. Often groups stop by for tours of the garden. Recently, I was at the garden watering the plants and pulling a few weeds. I was just in awe of the number of bees and dragon flies that were in the garden. Over the past few years there was concern about lack of bees in the garden. As I was working a man named Jay Brittain asked about the community garden. It turns out he is the Director-Creative Services for Forestar Group in Austin, TX. He was in town to take marketing photographs for Forestar. Forestar is building some apartments in Cedar Hill, TX. He actually came to photograph White Rhino, a coffee house located next to the library, but looked over and saw the community garden and the sunflowers I planted and wanted to take some photos. I asked if he minded if I took photos of him taking photos of my sunflowers. He said he didn't mind at all. You can view out his photography sit by searching for Jay Brittain on Google.
These are the photos I took that day. The flowers had peeked really, but I think they still looked majestic.
"There is no time for visiting in the spring." A quote from Caroline (Ma) Ingalls in one of the Little House books by beloved author, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I have thought of this quote often since spring of this year. I was busy planting and taking care of my own backyard garden, and in June, I was approved for a lot in Discovery Gardens-a local community garden. I have taken photos, but haven't had time to post. Stay with me as a backtrack and share about the joys of gardening.
Before we went on vacation this summer, in an attempt to save all my plants, I placed every plant that was in a pot underneath the live oak tree in the backyard. We were also trying to save the St. Augustine grass that my husband had sodded last year, by saturating it with water before we left town. We also learned that a tree can absorb water from the lawn. So we watered to save the lawn, the tree and most importantly, the foundation of the house. I have never really liked any landscaping I tryed to do in the past, but this arrangement of flowers has made me happy. Many of the flowers were bought from the rack of nearly dead plants from gardening centers. Some, like the vinca flowers and marigolds were planted from seed and though they are annuals, they manage to come back every year. The only principle I followed was to put the tallest plants in the back and put the running vine plants along the edges. The impatiens and begonias are the only flowers I do not plan to plant again because they require too much water and shade. However, I was surprised by the fragrance of the tiny white flowers. They remind me of honey suckles that bloom in the spring.
Last year I purchased two rose bushes. I liked the blooms but did not know
much about the plants. Later, when I looked them up a search engine, I
learned that I had chosen two plants very prone to disease. First, I put them
on the patio, but they murdered every ball we had…from the princess ball all the
way to a volley ball, which I thought could not be punctured, but I sadly pulled a
thorn from it one day after realizing it was going flat. I decided to learn as
much about everything I planted. So, the local nursery held a class on roses. I
have included photos I took of these beautiful flowers and link to tell about everything you need to know about going roses. http://www.rose.org/growing-roses/
These are my photos of roses and information about growing them.
Neptune. Hybrid Tea
Height/Habit: Medium, upright and bushy.
Bloom Size: Bloom size is very large, fully double.
Fragrance: Fragrance is powerful sweet rose.
Color/Comments: The color is rich lavender kissed purple. For best bloom size, cooler temperatures.
Walking on Sunshine. - Florabunda
Height/Habit: This flower grows to medium size,
Bloom Size: Ruffled in large clusters.
Fragrance: Fragrance is anise.
Color/Comment: Bright yellow, ruffled pedals vigorous and disease resistant.
This looks like one rose but is a cluster of smaller flowers with slight varying of color.
EASY DOES IT.- Florabunda
Height/Habit: Medium/rounded and bushy
Bloom Size: Medium to large, double ruffled
Fragrance: Moderate fruity
Color/Comments: Mango, peach and apricot blended. Perfect in every climate.
VETERANS HONOR- Hybrid Tea
Bloom Size: Large/Double
Fragrance: Fragrance is light, more fruity rasberry rose fragrance.
Color/Comments: Elegrant dark red buds but turn to tones of pink as they age,
The much loved red rose, fitting as a tribute to our veterans.
ROCK AND ROLL-Grandiflora
Height/Habit: Medium/Upright and sun
Bloom Size: Bloom is medium and fully double
Fragrance: Strong rose and fruit
Color/Comments: Burgandy and cream striped bicolor. Flower size best in cool spring/fall.
I thought this hybrid was absolutely gorgeous.
Bloom Size: Very large/very full
Fragrance: Mild fruity
Color/Comments: Lemony yellow pedals edged with pure pink. Best color and performance east of the rockies.
This is a product recommended by the local nursery and teacher of the class on growing roses. It can can be used as a fertilizer, for insect control and disease control. I like the idea of having fewer products to keep around the house.
I am a member of the gardening club at a local nursery. The plants and
flowers are pricey, but there is always someone to answer a question and it has
a relaxing atmosphere. It is a beautiful place with every plant, flower, shrub
and tree in the right place. And did I mention that they play really good
classical music. There is a workshop every month with a break in October through
December. In January, I attended a Saturday workshop on pruning. I was not
particularly interested in pruning but it turned out to be informative. The
information I learned gave me the confidence to plant shrubbery (something my husband and I had talked about). The shrubs in the front of our house have been slowly dying. The extreme drought of 2011 and drought 2012 took its toll on all the greenery. I am just happy that we still have our three oak trees in the yard, because I have seen some trees just fall over and die because of the drought. I also learned the correct way to trim the scrubs in the backyard to promote growth underneath.
We chose three schrubs to plant.
The shrub bushes we chose from.
This is the brand of root stimulator purchased from a local nursery. We used the stimulator when planting all our shrubs, blooming vines and large flowers. It is mixed with water and poured around plant after it is placed into the ground.
Chloe loves mint.
Shrubry ready for transplant.
Because of the rocky soil, we used some bagged top soil when we transplanted the schrub.
Pretty and interesting flowers I saw at the nursery.
Welcome to my gardening blog. My father gave me a love for gardening. I wanted to share this passion with my girls, so they know the origin of their food. (not the local grocery store). So, I dedicated myself to giving them what my father gave me--- because sometimes I think strive to give our children what we didn't have that we fail to give them the treasures that we do have.