Archive for July, 2011

The Garden

Well it’s summer and I planted a garden in the backyard.  It’s something I do every year, but this is the most room I’ve ever had.  Too bad they poured concrete over the grass in the middle of the yard.  The grass would help reduce the heat there and be much prettier.

I planted five tomato plants, parsley, cilantro, basil and arugula.  The arugula is growing like wildfire as are the tomatoes. We had an arugula salad the other night and it was so spicy and pungent, lovely.  Arugula is a hard plant to deal with only because it flowers every day. It’s pretty high maintence but I love it, so I pinch it back each morning on my way to work.

There were several perennials in the back yard when we moved in.  One I didn’t pull up because Matthew thinks it’s a peony. But it didn’t bloom, so we’re not sure what it is. You can see it next to the parsley in the photo below. If anyone knows what it is let me know.

I also re-potted a bulb Christianna gave me last year and it bloomed again!  A gorgeous bright orange, which turns into a lovely green plant after the flowers fall off.  I kept it well into the winter last year because we had great sun in the living room.

The tomato plants already have fruit on them, and we had to put screening around them to keep the squirrels away (they’ve already eaten the two strawberries I had).  Now I’m so looking forward to eating the tomatoes when they’re ripe.


Christianne’s flower gift from last year


Oh yeah!  Julia is here!                          Parsley and that plant


Tomato plants


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