Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Build-a-Bed Workout!

I've been raking...
And raking....
and reading...

and more raking...
and digging...
and more raking...
until finally....
Ta-da! My new lasagna garden! Doesn't look like much, does it?

I am so tired of raking! :)
Here are the plants in the new bed:
Bearded Iris ("Clarence," "Cherub's Smile," "Full Tide" and "Immortality")
White Lantana
Pinks (Dianthus)
Crassula somthingorother ;)
Cobweb Houseleek (Sempervium)
Tawny Daylily & "Stella D'Oro"
Liriope (Monkey Grass)
Garlic Chives
Cinnamon Basil
Agapanthus "Queen Mum"
Madagascar Periwinkle
Dwarf Phlox
Spider Flower (Cleome)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)
St. Joseph's Lily (Hippeastrum)
Bachelor's Button
Sunflower (Helianthus)

I can't wait 'til they all come up!

Ya know, it sure would be nice to have another bed...
Where's my rake? :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fun with Aloe vera

Okay, I know technically it's not Aloe vera any more, but I can't spell the other name. ;)
The ''gel'' from this succulent is often used on burns, sunburns, and is often called "The Medicine Plant."
It's probably the succulent I see the most, where it's thriving in a windowsill.
But this plant is useful for so much more...
It makes a great booby trap...
It's fun to take pictures of...
It makes a great Lego Army guy hideout...
Or a hedge....or a weapon...
The statue of....liberty?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What's Going on in the Garden

I can finally call it a garden now, instead of a "yard!" Amazing what a new border,
a fence, and a deck can do!

My newly-acquired DOUBLE purslane hybrid, "Sleeping Beauty," in a strawberry pot with some succulents.
Beehive ginger, or summer tulip

I haven't gotten any actual beans, but the flowers are pretty! :)
My first ever dahlia, "Lorana Dawn."
A cute little chair by the front door, with chenille plant in a basket.
I finally got some water lettuce and water hyacinth! I love this trio of pots. :)
I got a bridge! :) Isn't it adorable?
More purslane