Gardening in the Blind


More Herbs in flower
July 27, 2011, 9:42 pm
Filed under: bees, Herbs, outdoor gardening

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Just to continue with the beautiful flowers my herbs are displaying, I thought I would show you soapwort to start this post off.  The herb is so prolific, it has amazed me.  See what it looked like last year and what I do with it here.  I think it is safe to say it is four times the size in just one year!

Giving the deck a short break, let me take you to the side of the house, where I transplanted feverfew from the front to make room for the lavender.  I wanted to start growing feverfew about three years ago, as I read it was good for magraines which my sister suffers from.  I have yet to dry any for her, but enjoy the plant immensely.  The small little daisy like flowers make me smile with rememberance of childhood.  It is a happy plant, although not that happy as bees really don’t like it.

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Mallow in flower
July 25, 2011, 8:07 pm
Filed under: Herbs

 

Tall Malow in bloom

I really love my mallow.   Here is a picture of the mallow this year.  It is just so beautiful.  I am planning on making another facial soon.  (see herefor the post)  I really can’t wait.  Many state that about a thousand species had been discovered, all of which not only contain much mucilage, but are totally devoid of unwholesome properties. Besides the medicinal virtues of so many species, some are employed as food;

marshmallow Flower in bloom

the bark of others affords a substitute for hemp; the cotton of commerce is obtained from the seed vessels of yet other species, and many ornamental garden flowers are also members of this group, the Hibiscus and the familiar Hollyhock among the them.

And speaking of hollyhock, I have a beautiful double hollyhock right now.  It is so delicate and eye-catching.  I have to say, every time I see it, I am mesmerized.  It is almost 5 feet tall and full of buds.  This is something I am going to enjoy while out on my deck that is for sure!

Double Hollyhock flower



Overgrown tomatoes
July 19, 2011, 8:07 am
Filed under: outdoor gardening, Tomatoes

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Sunday Deron and I started to tackle the garden.  I spent half a day tying the tomato plants up and adding even more support.  While I did not get them all staked, I got almost all of them.  Maybe tonight I will finish it.

Over the course of the next few days I thought I would share some of the herbs in flower. They make me be even more smitten with each of them!



Bucket o weeds
July 18, 2011, 9:32 am
Filed under: outdoor gardening

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It has been warm here lately.  Too warm to linger outside.  So, I have found the solution.  Most people go to a gym to exercise in the mornings, I am doing something cheaper.  I opt to do my squats while picking weeds in the morning while the sun comes up and the birds start to come alive.  I would do the random lunge to get a small weed away from the lavender.  As it got hotter I worked faster.  By 7 am I finished the front yard and was ready to go inside and eat breakfast.  Tomorrow we tackle the garlic weeds!



The first of the tomatoes
July 13, 2011, 8:56 pm
Filed under: local eating, Tomatoes

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Yes, that is a small tomato sitting on a nickle.  The first of the tomatoes to ripen, it is time for celebration!
Matt’s Wild Cherry has a sprawling habit that will take over your entire space, if given a chance.  The fruit is small and production is very high.  It is not for everyone though.  If you are looking for something sweet and juicy, look at something else.  Matt’s are much more acidic then most little tomatoes.  But it is one of my must haves.  I can count on harvesting right up to fall.  It just keeps growing and producing!