29 January 2014

Create a Garden






I don't know what kind of cactus this is, but
it's huge.  If one gets close, it looks like stitched jeans. But
I don't think it is a Mexican Fence Post, because it looks slightly different.
  It's probably 70 years old.











The Bouganvilla leaves have turned pink.





This Lantana is blooming like crazy.






The Aloe started to bloom.





We still have lemons.  That's good, because we need lemonade. The high has been about 80 degrees for the past week or two.   Spring is early, but unlike California,
we had more than our usual amount of rain.
 I'm afraid the summer will be early,  because it's warmer than usual for this time of year.






So we built this garden bed using a Sunset Magazine plan, and it was simple.
It's made of pressurized wood.




We mixed all the different soils we bought, and hopefully by the weekend we will be able to plant some vegetables and tomatoes.













34 comments:

  1. Okay, now this is just more than I can handle. Flowers? Blooming? Planting? Not fair. It's just not fair that I'm sitting here in my flannel gown and socks trying to stay warm. Can I come live in your shed or something?
    Brenda

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    1. XOXO, Brenda. Smiling. I'm sorry it's so cold. My spouse had to go to your state two weeks ago, and he said that the days were bitter cold. (Of course we are not use to the cold, so his observation may not be accurate.)

      It is great here in the winter, not so great June through mid September.

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  2. Oh I can't wait - I'm freezing to death up here! Love your garden, particularly that first photo! & move over Brenda, I'm going to share the shed with you...

    xox

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    1. I'm sorry that it is so cold, Anne. That's so cute that you want to share the shed with Brenda!

      That cactus is wild looking, enormous, and we are going to keep it! The side yard has original plantings and always looks nice, but the rest of the back yard was allowed to die by previous owners.

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  3. Oh what a breath of fresh air. Those flowers are so colorful and a reminder of the warm days ahead of us. Unfortunately, we are still in the middle of a brutally cold winter. Pretty garden. Thanks for coming to visit.

    Janet

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  4. It's nice to see some flowering plants....even if it's in your neck of the woods! I posted last week on some blooms in my past garden....needed to see and remember something besides these freezing temps! Thank you for the gardening inspiration! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  5. we have been freezing...and I am afraid all the landscaping I did last year is now dead (mostly)...good luck on the veggie garden

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  6. Love your garden.

    We are in the midst of having our patio redone and when we are finished we are redoing our garden to drought tolerant plants. We feel like we went from summer, to summer rather than fall and are in summer now instead of winter.

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    1. That sounds great. My favorite is Salvia leucantha. It looks like lavender. I've tried it here, but it's too hot for it, even though it can grow in this zone. It was my favorite plant in California.

      Only drought tolerant will grow here (mostly natives or near natives and citrus) except if you live where there is irrigation. There are two seasons to grow a garden here. This bed will have to be wrapped up by the end of May; it's too hot to grow anything in the summer.

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  7. Can't believe you have such beautiful flowers this time of the year!

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    1. Thank you. It has been ten degrees warmer than usual for a couple of weeks, so spring came in January instead of February.

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  8. Awesome! Working outside in the garden is very inspiring! I can't wait to see more! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen. XOXO I hope we are successful!

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  9. Oh how I would love to have a citrus tree growing in my yard. We drinks lots of lemon/limeade during the spring and summer too.

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  10. I'm SO jealous - sitting here looking out at a white landscape -
    Your garden looks beautiful Susan!
    XOX

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    1. Thank you, Suzan. Only the front yard and the side yard look okay. Oh my gosh, the main backyard is a nightmare.

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  11. I love gardens, I only have a terrace but I do what I can and I enjoy it, Congratulations for yours

    Marina

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  12. Your cactus is amazing! You have some lovely flowers in your garden. I hope your new raised bed is very productive for you!

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    1. Thank you, Stacy. It reminds me of a botanical garden specimen.

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  13. Oh, a Bougainvillea! How I love and miss those. They don't survive here :( And what a prime specimen of lemon tree. I had two lemon tress in pots, but after a few years (of moving them in and out) they were the same size but just looked pathetic.
    I look forward to what else you guys are going to do!

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    1. Thank you, Misantropia. Bouganvilla has such a gorgeous color and it's fun to train them when they get bigger. I love how they can spill over a wall or arbor.

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  14. Whata beautiful yard you have, with treasures around every corner! Happy planting in your newly built planter box.

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  15. 80 degrees??? It's only been about a hundred degrees colder up here. (no kidding). I love all the beautiful flower photos - so cheering on a cold, snowy day. Can't wait to be planting garden. sigh.

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    1. It's has been about ten degrees warmer than usual. Tomorrow we drop into the 70s.

      !00 degree cooler! That's insane!

      I am kind of concerned that it is warm so soon. Summers here are awful and it's not unusual to be over 110 most days. The weather does go in cycles.

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  16. Such pretty flowers... I think since it's winter time here in Pa. today we hit 22 a real heat wave. The colors are beautiful and thank you for stopping by, love maken new friends!

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    1. Thank you, Something Nice and Pretty. It seems like it is is COLD everywhere except for Arizona and southern California.

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  17. Lantana is a favorite flower of mine....happy to see yours on my winter day! :)

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  18. Your garden is amazing. And I can't believe you're about to plant tomatoes by 80° when we only have 40° this week in Brittany!

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