I wouldn’t say I have a green thumb. For example, beetle plants are supposed to be easy to keep alive… but in the year I’ve had charge of one in my temporary classroom, I wouldn’t call it “thriving.” Sorry, teacher who’s room I’m in. At least it’s not dead!
We moved into our house at the end of August, and we caught the tail-end of summer but didn’t plant anything new, what with the moving in and the baby and new job and all. So this spring has been a very exciting time of planning and planting.
Joel, naturally, wins all the green thumbs up. He’s planted SO MANY berries! Oh, also a cherry tree (it’s a 4-way, with Bing, Royal Ann, Black sweet something…, and Vinlad?…Vidlan…?..Van?…I clearly have no idea what I’m talking about.)
There’s also a kitchen garden with a new asparagus patch (we have to wait awhile for that one), tomatoes, onions, lettuce, strawberries, and cucumber.
I’m going to take my own stab at successful gardening, though. There’s an ace up my sleeve at this house: irrigation! This house has by far the fanciest system we’ve ever lived with. I mean, my 2nd-story deck trellis has 6 (!!!) drip line terminals!!! That’s crazy town!
So here are my deck babies: a dahlia, coleus, snapdragons, some neat black-eyed-Susans, and some other stuff. I’m feeling good about their chances of survival, what with the irrigation fanciness and all.
I put some other stuff in the ground, too, in our by-the-house garden (which is well irrigated): lilies of the valley on a shady side of the house, mint, peas, some succulents, a cool ice plant (?) that’s hardy, and some shade pretty leaf thing. (Ha! I should learn the names!)
And can we just take a moment to glory in these inherited blueberry bushes? Take your time.
Further afield (pun! the field’s far from our house!), we’ve got a native meadow taking shape. The grass is pulling more than its weight in this balance, so we’re going to try to add some more blossoming things. This includes but is not limited to: poppies, cosmos, fuzzy-leaf-pink-guys that we had in Bend, bachelor’s buttons, and foxgloves.
Someday, I will also have a pink dogwood out here. They’re so preeeetty.
So you could say we like it here. 🙂 I’m a fan of traipsing around the property from one end to the other, feeling like an explorer or pioneer or something. It’s so private compared to every other place I’ve lived! It’s going to be an excellent summer.