I had a daisy show up in the flower garden a few years back. It was unexpected, as I can’t seem to grow daisies no matter how hard I try. I’ll settle for surprise daisies if another shows itself.
The garden this year lacks daisies, but it certainly borders lackadaisical. As you may have noticed, I allow several weeds in the garden. I allow them as ground cover and to shade tender starts. It’s a risk I take, as they grow and become competition for resources.
What follows is a tour of my garden spaces, showing the beauty along with the wildness and overgrowth. It’s a work in progress, a learning point on my timeline.
Likewise, the self-watering container has been a resounding success. I have not added a thing to this planter, allowing it to produce from last year’s bolted lettuce and its only water source the winter snow and spring rains.
Hubby set up this tomato cage based on my design last year. I hope that it provides sturdy support when the Kansas winds blow the matured plants mid-summer. Tomatoes and peppers are planted and flowering, with some setting fruit.
Since I now have permanent beds in the back garden, I’m working to establish permanent or self-seeding plants and color as well. Here is a peek at the poppies, lambs quarters, lavender and zinnias. A bit of dill is hiding in the poppies and false nettle is growing alongside the zinnias.
The new grapevines are doing very well and the sweet potato vines have appeared. I’m hoping the potato vines will help shade the ground from the mid-summer sun. Cosmos and hollyhocks are also coming up here.
The beauty bush has flowered for the second year. The flowers just astound me, and they last nearly three weeks.
And just to show that I haven’t been all play and no work, here’s a quick look at the slow progress in the kitchen:
We’re slowly getting bits and pieces done, with the walls nearly ready for paint and the upper cabinets needing sanded for paint. The floor will follow, with hopes that the ceiling will be a project that Hubby and I can tackle ourselves.