Monday, March 18, 2013

Planting Peas on St Patricks Day

This year I planted my peas on St. Patty's Day here in zone 6.

And I planted them while it was snowing....

because this is the winter that just won't quit.

Yes, yes that is a large flower pot with a tomato cage on top.

This works well for me as it grows as many peas as I can eat and

when they are done I can plant basil in the pot.

That's just a hint of my over-wintered sage and parsley in the pot next to it.

The backside of my house has a patio and faces south which 

creates its own little micro-climate allowing me to overwinter some potted herbs.

Since I put in a raised bed on Saturday I had to plant something in it!

This is a cedar raised bed kit from Home Depot.

I put it where my garden has been for the last 4 years.

I put it in because I am tired, dog tired, of 

dealing with the quakgrass in this bed.

You can see last years remnants around the sides of the bed.

The only way to get rid of quakgrass is to repeatedly spray it with Roundup.

That is just not going to happen in my organic vegetable garden!

And while I am in a bitchy mood about the quakgrass...

I would like to thank my neighbors for the not-so-lovely-addition to my garden.

On a much brighter note...

Here's a close up of the radish and lettuce seeds I planted.

Yes, those are sticks marking the rows of seed.

We had heavy rain overnight so I'm hoping for some germination...

if it ever warms up....

Happy Gardening!

The Lazy Gardener 

This week I am joining these wonderful blog parties:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Silly Spring Weather & a Robin!

Well, the weather is proving to be fickle so far this month.

Just a few days after I took these photos

I woke up to this...

Snow on my daffs!


Still, there were other signs of spring...

Like this robin who kept running away from me.

My first sighting of a robin this spring!

Nice weather can't be too far behind.

Let's hope...

Happy Gardening!

The Lazy Gardener 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Signs of Spring in my Garden

The weather was finally nice last weekend so I did some yard work.

I raked the leaves off my flower beds and exposed some signs of spring.

My black hollyhocks which stayed green all winter.

Daffodils waiting to pop in the front flower bed.

Native daylilies wait for no one!

Tulips and daylilies and someone needs to mulch...oh my!

This yarrow is greening up and sent out a few volunteers a few feet away.

All volunteers are welcome in my garden!

Happy Gardening!

The Lazy Gardener 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Flower of the Day ~ Southern Belle Echinacea

Southern Belle Echinacea

Double magenta cones top light pink petals from summer to fall..

Its prolific blooms make lovely cut flower bouquets.

Perfect for your sunny cottage garden.

Southern Belle Echinacea

Common Name: Coneflower

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Fragrance: No

Deer Resistant: Yes

Exposure: Full sun

Blooms: June-October

Height: 30-36"

Spacing: 18-24"

The Lazy Gardener

recommends this for your carefree garden.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Flower of the Day ~ Hollyhock Halo Pink

Hollyhock Halo Pink

Tall stalks of two-tone pink flowers grace this perennial all summer.

May need staking as reaches for the sun.

Perfect for the back of a cottage garden.

Alcea rosea Halo Pink

Common Name: Hollyhock
Hardiness Zone: 3-7
Fragrance: No
Deer Resistant: Yes
Exposure: Full sun
Blooms: June-August
Height: 5-6'
Spacing: 18-24"

The Lazy Gardener 

recommends this for your carefree garden.