Rejuvinates the mind and spirit.
Wrecks the pocket book.
I mean, if you garden that is.
I could spend a million dollars at the nursery come spring, I'm not kidding.
Tour time, y'all.
(I'm just going to put a disclaimer here ((for the 475th time)) that I am a messy gardener. There is not one single part of my yard that does not need some tidying up. So, you know, just squint.)
I've decided to add lots of purple lantana to my yard this year.
I noticed it was the first thing blooming around here in my hood and the bees were sooooo happy. I don't have a lot of early bloomers so I'm hoping this will give them some needed relief.
Did I already show you this?
I guess I could go back and look, but I'm far too lazy and sleepy for that so I'm just gonna tell you again. Pretend that I am your sweet old grandma and be patient with me.
I got these giant stock tanks off Craigslist for cheeeeeeaaaaap.
Enough good soil to fill them is NOT cheap so I gathered up all the random sticks and logs percolating in my yard and filled it 1/2 way with them. Then I added (much less) soil and planted! Container hugelkulturing, if you will.
I have just a teensy handful of plants in my yard that are not pollinator-friendly. My whole yard is edible food for us and edibles for the pollinators. But I do have a few few little things that are for being pretty only. Some old rose bushes planted by the original owner and some Knock-out roses for POW power. I planted one of the stock tanks with tomatoes and one with more Knock-outs. They are so unbelievably reliable and showy it's almost unfair. Just stick 'em in some dirt and they BLOOM almost all year. RED. You know I love red.
Ladies in waiting.
And some new gloves!
All my Early Wonder beets are coming in.
Beet greens = awesome juicing = almost free! Weeeeeeeeeee
Still on my quest for some good solar lighting.
I really do not like too much light in the yard at night because I think it screws up the birds.
That is kinda silly considering I live in the middle of the city, but you know what I mean.
Night is supposed to be night and I try to do my part. (If only I could shoot out my neighbors all-night spotlight, life would be grand.)
Anyway, I do almost always forget to close the chikkin coop when it's still light so I need some low lights on the path out there. Just a few here and there to keep me from killing myself. I found these at Target and am super happy with them. Love the modern look and the light works really well. I want to see how long they last before buying more, but you know Target - get it now or it's gonna be gone, gone, gone.
(Like the Target Fox lamp that still haunts me to this day. Why, why did I not buy the Target fox lamp?)
Wide view of the back west side.
Bolting cilantro abounds! Bolting broccoli abounds!
Bees are in a frenzy!
I like the jungle look.
(Yes, the chandelier is still on the ground waiting for installation. Yes, it's been a year. Yes, talk to Jackdaddy.)
My favorite combo right now: the variegated agave thing and the orange Globe Mallow.
POW, right in the kisser with that one.
Close up. Love that red tip on the agave ... like a painted fingernail. (Waiting to impale you.)
These make lots of pups and I've got them planted all over the yard. They take a few years to get crankin', but once they do, hooha!!! Pretty, pretty.
Every day I harvest 2 handfuls of these.
It was baskets of them, now handfuls that we eat like candy.
OK, not like candy because there's no chocolate on them, but you know what I mean.
Lowes had these dwarf Japanese Maples on sale and I succumbed.
I have a perfect shady spot for it.
I think I'll keep it in a stock tank too in case it never rains again.
Hello, pretty satsuma flower bud thing.
Make me some damn satsumas will ya?
I've had ONE in the last 3 years.
(She takes after her "mother.")
Ordered my orange chair covers!
Here's where one of the chairs is going. On this crappy old cement square that's leftover from 1,000 years ago. (You know, 2007 and all.) I can't even remember what we poured this square for, but there it sits, doing nothing. It's gonna look kinda modern and swanky once a butterfly chair is there though.
Off to the races.
See ya soon, baboon.