I walked outside on Friday afternoon, looked up at my container on the stump and gasped:
It was even worse up close. What interloper would have the gall to dig up my hosta:
I replanted the hosta and filled in the other small holes. I had clear plastic forks on hand and really hope they 1.) prevent any further attacks, and 2.) don't hurt any animals in the process:
You can't even see them from below:
I never tire of the fiddle-heads on the ferns. Should I ever do a vertical calendar (doubtful) this would be calendar-worthy, I may even print and frame this pic I like it that much:
I suddenly realized on Friday morning that the tomatoes in the pretty blue pots by the fence on the side of the house weren't getting enough sun. The sun hits the top of the fence around 9:30am, but doesn't get down to the bottom until nearly 11am and then the shadow from the house covers the whole side of the house by 2:30pm, so they had to move to the gravel patio.
Friday afternoon we went out to Old Saybrook to visit Carole at Maynard Greenhouse. After a pleasant but short vist (Carole was working and I had VPH in tow and he's not endlessly patient), we headed towards home with 2 Cherokee Purple tomato seedlings (you didn't think I could visit a greenhouse without buying something did you?). We passed two Ocean State Job Lots on the way home, so of course we had to pop in to see what containers they had left. Success!
The two blue square ceramic containers on the ends were only $37 each. Look at the size of the those things! They each took 2 cubic feet of potting soil and a Cherokee Purple tomato:
I really like the splash of color they give the patio. I asked VPH if he thought we should get a blue umbrella now. He laughed and said we could put a white tablecloth on the table and celebrate the 4th of July all summer. Note that the containers of beans are now inside the trellises:
The patio garden is growing like mad. See the lupine in front? I think it may actually flower. The herb pots are all planted up now:
I love this photo. If I had planted the cilantro and dill and taken this photo on Friday, I would have entered it into the GGW photo contest:
I have a feeling that variations of this angle will be a frequent subject this summer as the herbs fill in. But I include another here so you can see all the herbs growing on the corner. Back row left to right -- spearmint, basil, rosemary, lavender (goodwin creek); middle row left to right -- lavender (I gave this some fertilizer today, it has growth, but it's taking its sweet time to come back), fernleaf dill, lemon thyme; and at the front right -- cilantro (I picked up this pot on Friday too...hey at only $8 how could I not?):
And while I'm in the patio garden...the moonflowers are growing nicely with a new set of leaves and I was shocked to see the clematis growing down at the bottom of this photo (sorry it's out of focus), I thought for sure it was dead. Now if I can just get it to grow towards the trellis:
We're still trying to get the grass to fill in before we put the chairs back in their normal spot, so for now we'll relax here:
The greenhouse went back into the basement today and the containers and furniture are in their rightful spots:
I'm quite pleased:
All of the dahlias are really taking off this year. Small cages will go on each of these containers as soon as I can find 4 more:
This is essentially my to do list now. The hose has to go on the fence so I can get running water to the vegetable garden, fresh mulch needs to go onto all the mulched areas, and the plants all have to be potted up (though I'm still not sure what to do with all the impatiens):
The new shed needs to be assembled and then the rest of the mess will be stored away out of sight. We're close now.