Veggie Planters

Do you see them?

How about now?

Yep, on top of the rock wall,
in front of that tall grass along the fence line. 
I finally managed to find containers that blend into the
 rocks. I didn't want them to jump out
 with color,  just quietly be there.  

growing some vegetables and 
a couple of herbs.

I just needed holes drilled in the bottom for drainage.
Some people use coffee filters or newspaper to hold the soil in,
I wanted some weight at the bottom so I used a few rocks.
The trellis is from Wal-Mart, they sit down  the 
side perfectly.


Not a large commitment, just big enough.
I planted our favorites, tomatoes, cucumbers,
thyme, basil, chamomile and rosemary.  Carrot and radish 
seeds are going to be sprinkled in later today.

It's nice to have the favorites right outside your door.

Now, just bring on the sunshine,
please :)

next weekend...trim grass along fence)

I am pretty sure my neighbors think I am crazy,
moving in more plant all the time.  Then, I am adjusting and
 rearranging... just like inside...
its so much fun!

This was our rock steps garden,
 built in 2011, when we wrested with those

And today, 2014...
after a few years, a few changes and
a lot of fertilizer...

I just can't believe what a great spreader
 White Alpine Anemone is! It"s one of my favorites.
 The grey mass in behind is Snow in the Summer, 
another great spreader, and pretty with or
 with out blooms.

Happy Gardening!

I am partying @

Victoria Day Weekend

Every May Long Weekend, with the exception of a few weekends,
 my husband has gone camping with his buddies.  Most of these guys have been
going since they were in high school! That's over 26 years!!
 ( I think they have waaaay too much fun!)

When the girls were little, 3 under the age of 4, I could have cried when 
he packed up his camping gear, and drove away.
The thought of putting my feet up and enjoying my buddies for 3 nights, with 
no worries...well it honestly brought a waterfall tear to my eye.
But as our girls have gotten older, the weekends have 
changed.  We have gone from little adventures to
city shopping. It's always been a lot of fun!

This year, again, a little different...
It's our middle daughters graduation year.  Sooo,
 I am getting organized for the festivities. I have been cleaning, shopping
and meal planning..always lot's of food and drink.
We love having company, and I 
love trying to be organized.

There! Things feel a little more refreshed!

I wanted to show you...

a few days ago I came home from work to
find both of these trees in full bloom!
My May Day Tree,

And my Amur Cherry.
Looking forward to the time when the branches
overlap, and create a 'green' screen.

Hope you had a great weekend!

My Mother's Day

Hope you had a nice Mother's Day!
Whether you are a mother or not,
I hope it was a good day.

Mine, well, it was perfect!
I spent it outside, working on a section in our backyard.
This before picture will explain why....

There were tiny dying evergreens, lots of fence exposed,
a lack of privacy.  See, I am not a patient person, I would 
love for my garden to speed grow. Instant privacy!
So glad we have good neighbors. :)

 This  Horse Chestnut can 
 grow to be quit large, up to 118 feet tall!
We planted this one about 2 summers ago,
it is about 10 feet tall.  I think this one can
grow to be about 30 feet.

In the spring, I keep my fingers crossed and
 hope that everything has made it through the winter. 
 I only lost a few things this year, my Butterfly Bush being one of them.
I will give her a little more time. 

That's better!  A little more green.
These cedars can grow up to 20 or 25 feet,
and they grow quickly when happy.

You can't tell yet, but this is a Miss Kim, in front of my Angel.
There is also a Hydrangea, my favorite shrub,
to the right of her.

I am trying to create a more natural, evergreen
style garden. Lots of layers of evergreens, boulders,
and perennials.

Ground covers that spill over those buried boulders.

I think 
I may have to move the angel when
my shrubs fill in.  That's OK though, I love
playing out here!

Another before...

And the After...for now, :)
Yes, a little fishbowl-y, but that's okay,
nothing that a few more trees can't fix!

This is what the left side of the back yard looked like
 when we started our work back here in 2011.
That leafy stick is actually my May Tree,
I got it from Wal-Mart for about $20,
that spring.

She didn't grow at all until last summer, I guess it 
was a climate change. She must have been shocked.
Now, Spring 2014..

The picture below is from 2011 
as well. The Butterfly Bush was moved
to a sunnier location, along the fence...
she has been moved a lot!

The Amur Cherry was planted in her spot, in 2012,
the birds love it! It is a spring bloomer in 
most zones but in my zone 4 garden, it is an
early summer bloomer. It's still early
here, but things are sprouting out

Just like inside, a garden is never really complete.
I have plans for another tree and another Cedar.
Art Knapp has given out 40% off, coupons
for Fathers Day. I have 2....
 I can't let them go to 
waste. ;)

I finally got my planters filled,
I am hoping that this basket planter will work.
I lined the bottom with the burlap and the bag that
held the potting soil.  Fingers crossed.

On a side note...
If you live in Victoria, or you 
are planning on moving to
  Victoria., BC...
Check out this gorgeous, bright, spacious,
close to the city, Town House. It's for sale...

THIS is 5 minutes from downtown

Look at all that sunshine and space!!

Have a great day!

Snow in May

I had big plans for this weekend...
In between watching my girls play soccer,
 I wanted to fill my planters up.  I only do a few,
so it wouldn't have taken too long.  But it was FREEZING.
I thought that we were safe, being May and all...

I feel bad for my plants, worse for my girls! 

These little guys will have to wait
for a few more days...I am a
 fair weather gardener :)

Hope you are getting a more sun then 
we are!

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