MeadowSweet is one of my favorite flowering herbs and it’s always a welcome treat in my garden. This week’s Growing NOW Garden Tour takes place in the sweet spots of my own garden. You might have similar places in yours. Those little places where blooms are breaking bud in combination with other blooms. Fruit is setting. Butterflies are swarming, and weeds haven’t yet taken over. The places where the sun isn’t so hot, and the rain hasn’t flooded. I do, too. It’s time for me to switch gears from working in the garden to enjoying those sweeter spots, those lighter moments, those fleeting drifts of summer that pass by all too fast. My garden is smaller, but bursting with nature and color. Let’s take a stroll….
Sweet Garden ~ Growing Veggies
This little space used to be a major area of frustration…
It required oodles of watering due to it’s sloping nature and by August was a crunchy brown mess. This spring we dug in, turned the soil and now we have…
a sweet spot of a veggie garden and a great place to visit each morning coffee in hand. While the house protects it a bit from the elements, it still receives a fair amount of wind and direct sun. I planted it with the elements in mind. On the left you can see a small purple bush. Don’t let it’s small size fool you. As the saying going, “It’s small, but fierce.” This Ninebark known to handle winds, rain, and harsh winters. They grow upwards of 6 feet. I have high hopes for this bush. In fact, I planted two as a semi-privacy hedge to shield the garden a bit from the view of the street.
Across the tiny brick foot path I planted Lady’s Mantle. They’ve been there for awhile and seem to enjoy the spot. Although, it’s hard to find a spot Lady’s Mantle doesn’t like. They are the least fussy herb I know and will grow just about anywhere!
Here’s a closer view of the new veggie garden…
The new pumpkin patch is growing well.
I expect by fall there will be no room to walk so I’m enjoying the open ground while I can.
These are heirloom Musquee De Provence pumpkins, romantically Old World French. Healthy, too. Those white veins aren’t signs of infection, but a naturally occurring part of their charm. Pretty enough to paint.
And my veggie garden tour wouldn’t be complete without an update on the African Keyhole Garden Bed given to me by Vita Gardens.
That is my photo of my tomatoes, peppers and veggies! Unbelievable. Even I’m stunned. The grate that you see in the middle is where I place my vegetable kitchen scraps on a daily basis. It’s what is feeding the garden. In all the years I’ve grown tomatoes and peppers, I’ve never had them look so healthy. This is a completely organic garden. It’s amazing to me. No fertilizing. No extra watering. I didn’t even put cages on them….which so far has not been an issue.
We’ve had a much cooler, wetter season than usual. Our days and evenings are just beginning to warm up so tomatoes are developing more slowly. But look at the leaves, the number of buds, and the beginning fruit. If that isn’t SWEET to a gardener I don’t know what is! This keyhole gardening is growing on me! Truly. I started these plants from seed. It’s so inspiring to take something from seed and see it progress to this point in the season when the weather has been incredibly uncooperative. I have my fingers crossed that these little guys will make it to be fresh tomatoes on my table!
Rounding out the tour of the veggie garden are the Tithonia Torch or Mexican sunflowers. Love that burst of orange in the garden, Hoping a little sun this month will grow them up as well. Gorgeous…but tiny still! When I planted them I had visions of bushy orange blossoms accenting all my veggies, but we still have several weeks of summer left.
Sweet Garden ~ Sweet Blooms
Before I wrap up this tour I want to share a few of my garden blooms. Raucous and wild, my native, pollinator friendly garden is sporting some summer trendy colors…
The hummingbirds are regular visitors enjoying the zinnia, clethra, and firecracker plants….
The dahlias are just beginning to burst into color. They love this wild and free part of the garden. I love them because they hang on into the later part of the summer when many of my other blooms are tiring out.
The Calendula officinalis or pot marigold that I planted from seed are just getting started. I have a fungal problem in this part of the garden and am hoping the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of these edible flowers will help. However. what will really help is to remove my older dogwood shrubs. They are the main culprit and contributing far more to the problem than these young plants are going to aid. However, in the meantime these blooms are warding off the rabbit predators and doing their best to add a dose of good health to my garden.
Balloon flowers are among my favorites. This color combo is definitely a sweet spot in my garden!
Other favorites include…
and Pink Cotton Candy Stachy’s, which is definitely a sweet spot.
That ends this week’s tour. I hope you feel refreshed. Enjoy the rest of your day and please stop back again. You can continue to follow the Growing NOW Garden Tour 2015 social media shares on Instagram and Twitter at #GrowNOW 2015.
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