Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Veggies and Blooms

It's that time of the week again when I join a few other bloggers to show what's blooming and growing in our gardens.  Still not a lot here, but the ornamental crabapple tree is sure strutting her stuff!
This is 'Profusion' with two dwarf lilacs below in the side yard and a gold nine bark in front of them.
We all get volunteers in our gardens but several years ago we had the surprise of a whole grove of chokecherries at the back of the property.  All it takes is one little birdie and one little pit that hits the ground and germinates.  The blooms are attractive and the berries feed a lot of birds.
At the front of the house, very few tulips bloomed from the crazy spring we've had but the alliums are sensational.

With every bit of space on our property planted, it didn't leave much room for a veggie garden.  However, when we redid the pathway into the back yard last spring, a small stretch in front of the compost bins became my new place to grow some food.
 Only about 10 feet x 18 inches wide, the seeds are planted with minimal space between.  The green stakes you see are to discourage our dog from walking or laying on the soil.
Here it is filling in last year in June.  I grow yellow bush beans, carrots, beets, green onions and herbs in a small triangle to the side of the compost bins.
I'm trying a container chard from Renee's Garden seeds called 'Pot of Gold'.  Without netting pegged on, the squirrels would have it all dug up.
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  1. Looks like things are in full bloom up there in Canada! It's amazing you get all that stuff from such a small area! (that is, if the squirrels and dog stay out of it:) Happy Gardening and thanks for linking up with Farm Fresh Friday!!

  2. Judith, you are amazing! There is no space to small to grow veggies and from last year's photo the harvest is well worth it!
    I think your use of the stakes is great ... our doggies don't get into the veggie garden, but the turkeys and deer are another story...

    Your alliums are gorgeous ... I will look for some at the nursery next time I'm there.

    Wishing you a fabulous Victoria Day week-end! xo Hugs, C. (HHL)

  3. Hi Judith, Your blooming trees are spectacular. It looks like you get quite a harvest out of your little space..Happy Thursday..Judy

  4. Everything looks lovely. Your Crab is beautiful so covered with blooms.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

  5. I love strolling around your's so tidy all the time.

  6. We southerners can enjoy spring a second time through you northern folks! Lovely! I like your little food garden. Wonder if you've ever heard of this new hanging ( multi level) garden.

  7. How nice your alliums. Im a lover also in our garden there are too a lot! Isnt it nice that overall the world we love the same things! A greating from holland! Carina

  8. Hi Judith, The chokecherries are lovely and your alliums amazing! I like how you found room for your veggies. You know, there is always room for one more plant. We squeeze them in where we can! Have a great day!

  9. I echo Darla's comment. Everything looks so well cared for in your garden. I think it's wonderful that you grow some herbs and vegetables and have made such clever use of a little extra space here and there.


  10. I have enjoyed my visit today...good post!
    I wish I had more time to visit all of my favorites everytime you all post!
    Thank you so much for linking in and sharing your post with my party today! I am sharing this post on my Tootsie Time Facebook page! Have a wonderful day!!!
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  11. judith ~ your garden inspires me because you use different colors and textures in your garden - i honestly studdied what you have in there...the different greens with the red in the background look so pretty together! thank you so much for linking up to Fishtail Cottage's Garden party this week! xoxo, tracie

  12. 'Profusion' and the dwarf Lilacs look so lovely together, and the gold Nine Brak sets them off so well. Love the Chokecherry blooms! That's such a perfect spot for a veggie garden and a herb corner!

  13. Pretty flowers. They look good on your blog. :-)

  14. Crab apple trees are so beautiful in the Spring and in the Fall! Lovely photos! Enjoy your weekend! Hope the weather's nice is here!

  15. What you have blooming so far is beautiful!
    i'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

  16. Beautiful, Judith! We had the same problem with tulips. What a shame.

    I love how you have your vegetable garden laid out. Look forward to seeing it as it grows and fills in. Nothing like fresh, home grown carrots!

    – g

  17. That looks so very wonderful !!! I love alliums too.
    I think the heart with the crystal is so nice. It looks great there.
    What a nice veggie plot, eventhough it's small. It looks very decorative too !!

  18. Hi Judith!
    Crabapple trees are so pretty but they just don't last long enough here. Ours bloomed early this year and they we're gone in less than a week. your Alliums are just beautiful. I've wanted some every since I saw them in a Martha Stewart Living magazine. Not sure if I can grow them here.

  19. Oh Judith, everything looks beatufiul in your yard. I love the new planting area in front of the compost! Great spot!

  20. Hi Judith, The allium look great, I had one bloom thats all:) The veggie garden has lettuce, carrots, beets up. Planted cosmos and callas today, the zinnias have not come up, must remember to keep area clear for the tomatoes. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  21. How lovely! You have a beautiful blog. Greetings from Montreal, Quebec. :)

  22. This time with all the flowering shrubs and trees are lovely. My cherry trees are just beginning to flower. But this is not the same beautiful color as your Crabapple tree. Wonderful to see my allium is still in bud. I work with to get my dog ​​flowerbed safe. Almost but not quite sure he is. I wish you a wonderful week! Zinnia


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