Saturday, June 8, 2013

thanks to the spring rains

it poured rain all day and night on friday. so much that we got nearly 4 inches! the next morning i walked around the garden to see how everything had fared and i swear my garden had doubled in size! it has been a lovely spring here where i have not had to water much at all and everything is growing so lush and beautifully.
Untitled Untitled the strawberry begonias are flowering and spreading like wild fire. i love their dainty little blooms and variegated leaves. they make for a beautiful shade loving ground cover. Untitled
the strawberries are finally ripening and don't really make it into the kitchen these days but rather straight into our  mouths
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the garden in front of the house is filling in nicely with a mixture of edibles and herbs such as rhubarb, zucchini, cherry tomatoes,cucumbers, kale, swiss chard, radish, sage, thyme, santolina and comfrey. they are growing amongst an array of ornamental perennial flowers.
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we picked up a japanese cucumber and luffah plant in chinatown this weekend to add to the mix.
the peaches are growing fast and tempting. each day i cross my fingers that those walking or even driving by will be patient until they are full grown and ripe. hopefully there will be some left for us!
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  1. Hi, just came across your blog while searching for gardening ideas. We live in Arizona and don't get spring rain here. We have to wait until the monsoon season. Anywho... first year gardener here and wanting to plant a raised flower bed- can you plant herbs with flowers? (sorry if that is a dumb question lol)

    1. You sure can plant herbs and flowers together - it also encourages bees as well which is a plus for the garden, and if you google companion planting, you can find out which plants benefit each other.

    2. yes you can absolutely plant herbs and flowers together. i inter-plant all of my edibles, including herbs, with my ornamental perennial flowers. diversity is key to health and abundance in the garden!

    3. Thanks guys! I'll be putting my flower bed together this week- pretty excited =)

  2. ooohhh...please give us a loofah update!

  3. I need to get my loofah seeds started. I'm a bit late but we just got a fence up to put them on.

    Love your variegated hydrangea! I have one but haven't got it into the ground yet.