Last summer we ripped out the paving in the backyard and installed grass and flowerbeds. By “we” I mean the landscaping company Grey to Green. Due to our procrastination, we didn’t have flowerbeds to play with until July of last year, so this year it’s been nice to get a better sense of year-round gardening. We’ve added some new plants to the mix and some of our favorites from last year are really taking off.
Honeysuckle, tomatoes, and cosmos taking off this year
In an effort to get some spring color, I planted allium bulbs. They look cool even after their petals have dropped and as a bonus, they are supposed to be good to grow near tomatoes. I planted some crocus and fritillary bulbs as well, but they didn’t survive a certain hound’s renewed interest in digging up the garden.
…and without petals
A co-worker gave us some dahlia tubers which are coming up nicely. I have no idea what type of dahlias they are, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the flowers look like later this summer. Pics to come once we have flowers.
And to fill in some space we added some nice bright yellow snapdragons.
We are trying our hands at growing runner beans, in particular the scarlet emperor variety. They are twining nicely around the bean netting we put up, and already have the first few bright red flowers. We tried spinach again, but after going strong for the first few weeks, we had a hot spell and it just fried. Maybe we’ll try one more time when it’s cooler.
Our scarlet emperor beans living up to their name
And from last year we still have shasta daisies, echinacea, strawberries, lavender, rosemary, thyme, mint, crocosmia, tomatoes, parsley, basil, chili pepper, cosmos, honeysuckle, chocolate vine, and our Japanese apricot tree.