Our Garden, 2001
is the first year we've really had a chance to do some gardening. We had
some dirt (our patio outside our apartment), we had some time (I was out
of work and had time to work on it and also had time to watch Jack so
Ann could work on it) and we had the desire to garden. Ann did almost
all of the work but I did my fair share and also handled watering duties
warnings are annoying. See below for what we had to do...
are tree rats. I used to think they were cute. Now I hate them. They
did horrible things to our garden including digging up freshly planted
seeds, eating plants, and eating all the gourds that grew from our mystery
bush. And it was the squirrels that planted that busy in the first place.
blood can be purchased at farm stands and gardening shops and it repels
squirrels. It also makes plants grow like crazy. If you've ever read
The Wounded Land by Stephen R. Donaldson then you'll get this reference:
Dried blood makes a garden grow as if under a fertile sun.
blood, after it rains, turns a cement patio a dark color which is spooky
is a great cure for bee phobias.
like to live under leaves. The more plants you have, the more mosquitoes
you have. Next time I'm only growing plants that repel them.
to water sunflowers and they droop VERY far over.
have the world's biggest stonecrop.
look awful after a heat wave.
here are some pictures. We took these with a digital camcorder so they
aren't the highest quality. Ann took rolls and rolls of APS film, none
of which has been developed at the time of this writing (September 1,
2001). So, at some later date we'll update this site if there's interest
in some nicer looking pictures. Most of the pictures here were taken by
Andy but Ann did some too.
in March, Ann got industrious and cleared out all of the crap left over
from the winter that had just ended. This included the giant pile of leaves
we never got around to clearning before the first snows fell and all of
the accumulated mess (leaves, rocks, dead plants from the previous year,
etc.) in the actual dirt portions of our patio. Once that was done, we
located the sprouts from the bulbs we had planted, bought new plants to
fill in around them, and laid down cedar mulch.
first series of pictures if from May 8th.
In this picture, you can see our stonecrop (very small) which was planted
the previous summer, some flowers, and our rose bush (back right) which
did indeed bloom lovely deep red roses before it was consumed by aphids
and chopped to the ground by Ann. It has since regrown and is as high
as the stone wall behind it again.
More garden (panning right from the previous picture).
Continuing on to the right.
And on. At the rightmost edge by the bike tires we soon found a mystery
plant. After Hallowe'en of 2000, I tossed the flattening pumpkin and all
the gourds with which we had decorated our porch into an empty pot (the
one which now holds our hydrangea, below) and left them there all winter
long. In the early spring when the decaying vegetable mess thawed back
out, the squirrels went to town on it and ate most of what was in there
leaving me something very disgusting to deal with in March. Anyway, the
result of this was a mystery plant which finally yielded dark green gourds
in late August. They aren't visible yet in the picture above. Just thought
you should know about it.
Ann is never one to do things half-way. It wasn't enough to have pots
for all the herbs. No. She had to buy pots and paint them all too. We
have two kinds of basil, two kinds of rosemary, sage, oregano, lavender,
chives, and a hydrangea. Ok, that last one isn't a spice but it sure it
pretty. That is until we forgot to water it during a heat wave and it
all but died. Ann pruned it way down and it looks like it does in the
picture above again. She's good.
A closeup of the spice pots. The chives have always looked like that.
No clue why. Every other time I grew them they stood up nice and tall.
Oh well, they still taste great in omelets.
Snapdragons, my favorite.
Also a tulip.
next few were taken the next morning (May 9) or close to it. The night
before around 11PM I was surfing the net and decided to see what the weather
was going to be like the next day. That's when I saw the frost warning.
Ann was asleep and I didn't want to wake her. And she'd worked so hard
on the garden that I knew I had to do something. I couldn't take the chance
that everything would be ruined by a late frost. So, I did the only thing
I could do...
Here are all the herb pots on the floor of the bathroom. Why the bathroom?
Because Robin, the cat who eats plants, would, well, eat them. So I had
to put them in a room I could close. Any other room and he'd spend all
night meowing at the door.
Basil on the toiler
The rest on the sink
The garden itself got covered with anything I could find. This includes
canvas bags, upside down pots, garbage bags, a bucket...
...a tarp (held down in case of wind by a grill) and more.
end, it never got below 41 degrees that night. Sigh.
all pictures from the time between early May and mid-August exist only
on the aforementioned rolls of APS film which are as-yet undeveloped.
So, we skip to August 2001...
plant. I'm told that this is actually a variant of real tobacco. So, if
I did smoke, I now have something in the garden I could desperately dig
up if I was having a bad jones...
Note the bumblebee...
salvia against a backdrop of the newly re-growing rose bush.
face to face with a sunflower. Note that the flower is bigger than Jack's
head. That's a big flower.
(Ann took this one)
(Ann took this one)
August, our morning glories finally bloomed. We'd been watching the sickly
looking vines all summer and thinking they were never going to amount
to anything and that we should just put these plants out of their misery.
Thankfully we didn't. The results are astounding:
(my favorite picture of these all)
that is that, for now. Come back, I'm sure there will be more... and I'll
try to split this up over a few pages so it's not so modem-unfriendly.