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GARDEN UPDATE

Status quo in my garden. With a low-budget garden you have to realise that you can’t pick from the top shelf, moneywise. I’m not a big fan of petunia, they smell and stick to your fingers. But I had to reconsider them at a visit to the local garden center on monday. I found them on sale, 6 for 8$, and the color was nice. Especially when I fell in love with the light and dark purple verbena, a perfect match.

The assistant gardener called in sick today.

Passion flower in the kitchen window.

Astilbe in the shade.

Rhubarb in great shape.

Paeonia with homemade plant support.

Cut-back salvia, originally a bush.

Bleeding heart and aquilegia vulgaris.

The pear tree with buds.

Red currant.

Clematis and honeysuckle.

Light and dark purple verbena.

Oregano and lemon thyme growing good.

Bleeding heart about to bloom.

I planted a row of eight petunia for the border. Not because I particularly like them, but because they were on sale and will bloom all summer.  Dark purple is a nice contrast to the light colors that dominate this flower bed.

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GROW YOUR OWN: CUCUMBER & SALAD

The cucumber seeds I planted april 27th, is finally showing progress. I have kept them in the greenhouse since day one, but it’s difficult to keep a steady temperature, when it ranges from o° at night to 24° at mid-day outside. The cucumber seed is “burpless tasty green F1 hybrid” and the salad is “herby salad leaf mixed” (a mix with green lettuce, mizuna, salad rocket, greek cress, giant red mustard and chicory puntarelle). With no experience on growing vegetables from seeds, except rucola and radish, I follow the process with zero knowledge but great excitement!

I planted the salad in the vegetable bed I made in a previous post and planted one row between two rows of carrots. I planted them a week ago with plastic film over and secured the edges by digging it under 2″ of soil.

Three tiny cucumber seedlings.

Cucumbers to be.

Salad mix.

Sweet pea ‘chatsworth’ making progress.

Hollyhock ‘appleblossom’.

Sweet pea ‘chatsworth’ and sweet pea ‘appleblossom’,

and cosmos ‘ bipannatus double-click rose bonbon’.

I couldn’t resist a light and dark purple verbena accompanied by dark purple petunia.

Cosmos growing wild, in desperate need of of a bigger pot.

Sweet pea ‘elegant ladies’  and hollyhock ‘peaches ‘n’ dreams’.