Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Victory Garden 2014

You would think that after all the hard work last year I would skip a year of vegtable gardening but I'm not that smart!  After such a warm winter we were able to start clearing the garden in Februrary and planted 22 tomato plants in early March.  He bought 6 packs of grape tomato, a beefsteak and a medium size salad tomatoes.  Yesterday he came home with mystery tomatoes that lost their tags!  Lee has been working on the garden using the tiller and has cleared almost 3 times the space we had last year.  Already the seeds have started growing and we have a larger selection of plants.  So far we have planted crookneck squash, peas, beans, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, beets, small carrots and multi colored carrots.  The garden has provided volunteer pumpkins, tomatoes, arugula, cosmos and sunflowers!   Here are a few pictures!

I planted the basil but the sage survived the winter and has a lot of bees visiting.
Small basils in a pot.
Only one pumpkin seed germinated from last year so I planted some more to keep it company.
One of 22 tomato plants!  They are all looking happy and blooming already!
Green peas popping up in the garden.  I planted a six foot row so we should get quite a few peas.  I couldn't get more pictures off the camera so I'll have to post the vegetables later.
This year I decided to have a real flower garden and a potted garden of small plants and miniatures
A pot of lovely violas in yellow and purple and orange and purple.
This is a 4 inch pot of purple violas.  I love how bold the colors are in such a tiny plant.
Tiny viola in purple with a delicate white face.

I love these yellow violas they are bigger then the others and have a delicate purple edging to the petals.
In the vegetable bed a small forest of cosmos have come up from reseeding themselves!  I've already transplanted over 4 dozen and still have more to give away!
Several purple irises have bloomed and each plant has had 7 blossoms.  They are more than 2 feet tall.
The snapdragons survived the winter and are blooming like crazy.  These are in the main flower bed with the irises.

Lots of violas in the main flower garden!

Yellow roses.  They were New Years gifts for 2013.
California poppies!
Mr. Lincoln rose.

First Persian jewel to bloom.  There are some blue flowers ready to bloom also!

The Amaryllis is about a foot in diameter.   It has two babies that will hopefully bloom next year.  This was just some of the plants that are welcoming the spring!

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