Garden Update ~ Polycultures and Blooms Galore

Some photos from today and the past couple days:

Ferns and Jack in the pulpit are probably six inches higher than when I snapped this photo two days ago.

Ferns and Jack in the pulpit are probably six inches higher than when I snapped this photo two days ago.

The other side of the driveway, with irises, blueberry bushes, cardoon, liatris, echinacea, my prized medlar tree and the back/side yard gardens in the distance, including Garden Tower.

The other side of the driveway, with irises, blueberry bushes, cardoon, liatris, echinacea, my prized medlar tree and the back/side yard gardens in the distance, including Garden Tower.

The mixed edible cover crops are growing fast.

The mixed edible cover crops are growing fast.

I knew the fava beans would look pretty, but I wasn't expecting pink blossoms from the rest of the mix!

I knew the fava beans would look pretty, but I wasn’t expecting pink blossoms from the rest of the mix!

Chives, sea kale, elecampane, grape vine and the beginnings of good bug mix flowers.

Chives, sea kale, elecampane, grape vine and the beginnings of good bug mix flowers.

Black lace elderberry starting to bloom next to quince, strawberries, hazel and comfrey.

Black lace elderberry starting to bloom next to quince, strawberries, hazel and comfrey.

Rhododendrons always bloomed on my birthday as a child. This year they arrived one week early but still going strong.

Rhododendrons always bloomed on my birthday as a child. This year they arrived one week early but still going strong.

Iris in the front of the driveway, next to yarrow, just sprouting hyssop, aster, echinacea (coneflower), lavender, thyme, forsythia and more.

Iris in the front of the driveway, next to yarrow, just sprouting hyssop, aster, echinacea (coneflower), lavender, thyme, forsythia and more.

More iris along the back fence, with grape, raspberries and more echinacea.

More iris along the back fence, with grape, raspberries and more echinacea.

Most of these starts went in the ground during Tania's visit last week, but I replanted some pots with seeds for even more abundance.

Most of these starts went in the ground during Tania’s visit last week, but I replanted some pots with seeds for even more abundance.

First squash blossoms are already out. In addition to companion planting borage, calendula and cilantro, I've protected the base of the stems with aluminum foil to foil the squash vine borers.

First squash blossoms are already out. In addition to companion planting borage, calendula and cilantro, I’ve protected the base of the stems with aluminum foil to foil the squash vine borers.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by manyhahama1955 on May 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Wow! beautiful! thanks for the tip for squash vine borers…you just wrap the vine at the base with aluminum foil? very cool.

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  2. You’re welcome. Yes, you want to wrap the first couple inches with aluminum foil. Apparently, it confuses the moth that lays the eggs that become the borers. They also hate the smell of borage and calendula, and I think cilantro attracts a predator. The foil at the base keeps the borers from killing the entire plant, so even if you do somehow get them, the plant should be salvageable. 🙂

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  3. i now appreciate these photo updates even more after having seen it firsthand and been able to be a part of the gardening magick. ❤

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  4. Hehe, and you know how NOT a photographer I am! Gardener, yes. Framing, photoshopping? LOL!!! No idea. ❤

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  5. The garden is looking great! Everything really exploded after all the snow, yay!

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  6. Thanks, Mitch! Yes, exploded is the right word. With the cover crops, all the bulbs and perennials, this place looks lush when most people’s gardens are only just getting started. 🙂

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  7. LOL! that’s why we compliment each other so well…we each have what the other doesn’t or doesn’t like to have 😉 hehe

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  8. Posted by Jane Derbenwick on May 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Such lovely pictures, Laura! You truly have a green thumb!  Love, Momma

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  9. Thanks, Mom! I learned from the best. 🙂 Love, Laura

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