You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Front Garden Today

I only did a little gardening today. I did walk around and appreciate the beauty though!

The hose and gloves are evidence that I did something. To the left of this rose, I planted rose 'Mrs. BR Cant' today, one of my favorite teas. (Yes, I know I need a new doormat. Embarrassing.) To the right of the front doors is my main garden in front.

Have I reported the theft of my Good and Evil Girl statue? I was heartbroken. (My little Buddha was also stolen, at a different time. Who steals a Buddha?) So, I moved this little angel statue to her place. What to call my Good and Evil garden now though? "The Garden Formerly Known as Good and Evil."

 Here is Columbine a bit past its prime.

 David Austin rose 'Crown Princess Margareta'. A very healthy (and beautiful!) DA for me.

Antique tea rose 'Mme Charles'. The color isn't exactly right for this garden, but what the hey.

My tiny Hybrid Perpetual rose 'Reine des Violettes'. I love this rose. I hope it does well here.

 Some bearded irises blooming now. Next up, peonies, then daylilies.

Tomorrow, it's pond and waterfall cleaning day. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rain and Frogs

Finally, a rainy day. I'm loving it, the plants are loving it, only the chickens aren't loving it. I ran outside late afternoon yesterday to plant five cherry tomato plants (Sungold and Sweet 100) before the rain started. That's all the vegetables I have planted so far! Sad. In my defense, my husband was/is supposed to build a raised bed at the top of the pond hill. I've been waiting for that to happen.

About three weeks ago, we counted seven bullfrogs in the pond. I love them, even though I know they could eat the smaller koi. I have mixed feelings! I love hearing them at night as I'm falling asleep. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Another Season

Well, here I am again. I have been back to gardening since the first of March, actually. It has taken a little longer to get back to blogging about it. As usual, I am not sure how to catch up here. A little bit at a time, I guess.

I will start with my little, courtyard pond.

The before photo: just ugly, black, rigid pond liners.

We have had several pallets of rock sitting in our back yard for over a year now. I do not know why it took me so long to think of using some of it as a surround for these ponds.

Such a difference.
Now for the maybe sad news. I bought three gorgeous koi and decided, since they were small (6 inches), I would start them out in this little pond (the small ones I put in big pond last year didn't make it).

That was six days ago. I have not seen them since. The water has been really murky, and it is impossible to see to the bottom. So it is possible that they are in there, right? We put a filter in a couple days ago, and the water is slowly clearing. Hopefully, I will soon know their fate.

To end on some happy, living koi, here are some recent photos from my big pond.