Garden Photos and Radio Show Link for Friday, May 18

As promised, here’s the link and time conversion for tomorrow’s (Friday, May 18, 2018) radio show. You can listen to the show from anywhere with internet access by clicking here at 1:30 p.m. Eastern this Friday.

For your convenience, that’s:

10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight time

11:30 a.m. Mountain time

12:30 p.m. Central

16:30 UK time

17:30 in Western Europe and South Africa

7:30 a.m. Hawaii time

1:30 a.m. in Taiwan

and 3:30 a.m. in Sydney, Australia.

If you’re not in those areas, you can still listen at that time, but those are the main regions I know I have blog readers and clients.

Last week, we discussed the challenges and gifts of Chronic Lyme disease, my Metaphysics of Lyme Disease book in progress, and we also touched astrology as a healing tool and some of my encounters with the Spirit World. For now, that show is archived here.

And now for some garden pictures! First, the cutest little faery house setup we’ve ever seen — David bought it as an early birthday gift for me. You can see it next to some bachelor’s buttons getting ready to bloom, alongside purple verbena:


Our hodgepodge of permaculture and annuals in the ground just in front of our porch is finding its balance. We’ve got strawberry plants, thyme, various lettuces, ruby red chard, some purple kale, alongside the holly bushes the previous owners cut to the ground. It’s a bumble bee heaven there, with vinca, dandelions, chickweed, and soon to be red clover, columbines, blue iris, and what looks like wild baptisia. If I’m right about the baptisia, it’s yet another time I invited a particular plant into our yard only to find it the next day. We shall see!


Here’s the front bed from another angle, with chives, lettuce, chard, snapdragons and pansies in pots, with the Big Bag Bed and fabric grow pots streetside:


Our weeping birch is trying very hard to leaf out. A neighbor told me yesterday that this is the furthest south you can grow birch trees, and I already knew this one would have preferred planting anywhere besides right next to the driveway and concrete path. We love this tree, so I do hope those other buds turn as green as the leaves already out on the bottom. In theory, those leafed out first because of the piles of leaf mulch I added over grass and dandelions warming the ground faster in that area with decomposition. Here’s hoping!

Below, you can see the tree’s spiral structure in its place of honor amidst all the fabric grow pots and Big Bag Beds. I planted a mixture of perennials and annuals in the bags last year and this spring. This photo shows wormwood, garden sage, pineapple sage, magenta yarrow, a blueberry bush, lavender, rosemary, fennel, parsley, radicchio, spinach, garlic, pansies, snapdragons, a miniature thyme, chives, iris, pansies, sedum, oregano, coreopsis, codonopsis, and cranberry:


Yesterday, I added some hen and chicks to the front mulched area alongside the driveway. Those non-edibles joined red dragon and green sedum and should fill in the area. I’m trying to keep the birch tree’s roots cooler, since it struggles in hot weather next to the blacktop:


Other beds and bags include more lettuce varieties, basil, tomato, garlic, an about to be flowering collard plant from last year, blue lobelia, more snapdragons, peppers, golden beets, Egyptian walking onions, two varieties of hyssop, several types of hummingbird mint, more chives, and peppermint, chocolate mint, cilantro, and yellow celosia. On the other side of the driveway, we’ve also got potted dianthus, lavender, orange day lilies, and a tomato plant. I just remembered I need to get some love-in-a-mist in the ground. I love those little beauties!


I planted the mint and alliums as deer and groundhog deterrent. So far, mostly good. I opted for the Big Bag Beds and various grow pots last year so as not to disturb existing tree roots, and also because our neighborhood’s in flux with mandatory sewer hookups instead of existing septic, along with a very much opposed potential sidewalk situation. I decided not to plant much in the ground besides daffodils until we have a better idea what’s happening where. Unfortunately, that means a delay on planting my beloved and much missed Robinhood Roses from the Goshen garden, but their gorgeous scent and six months of blooms will just need to wait awhile longer:


I’ll show the backyard setup another time. The elderberry and aronia berry bushes and rhubarb are doing well so far in the 20-gallon pots, and I’ve got a Big Bag Bed full of garlic, a 20-gallon plastic pot of stinging nettles on concrete slabs, and 10-gallon pots full of Casa Blanca lilies, along with a bed of soon to be yellow irises, clematis, delphinium and much more. The owner prior to the previous owners did such a beautiful landscaping job, so I’ve just added things in as I can without disrupting the original flow or design.

Lucy the Starchild Groundhog mostly hangs out back there, munching dandelions and sunning herself like a cat in the red bee balm and lavender pots. She’s a little shapeshifter, looking and acting at times like a bear cub, a cat, a groundhog, or a small dog. We have no idea if she’s really a she, but she has very feminine energy and strict orders not to get pregnant or venture into the front yard garden ever again. That unfenced front area is off limits and ironically far more “secure” than our totally fenced backyard rotating zoo.

Happy gardening to you and yours! Enjoy the beauty, and I’ll post photos of the dozens of peonies and multi-colored irises when they bloom. Again, if you’d like to listen to tomorrow’s (Friday, May 18th) radio show, you can do that at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight time (same as New York City), by clicking here. I have no idea what we’ll discuss, since I just go with the flow, but who knows? Maybe we’ll talk permaculture, food sovereignty, and working with Nature Spirits and the Land.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kieron on May 23, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Since no one has said anything, I’ll comment that love-in-a-mist is one interesting plant. The flowers are sometimes simply 5-petaled stars, but other cultivars are more complex and layered, looking a bit like tiny, green-limbed elegant ladies with bustle-style gowns, and when they go to seed, the pods look like alien heads. They appear in a range of cooler colors although I have seen red flowers in online seed catalogues. Nigella damascena is the botanical name. They “feel” to me like they belong in a faery garden. 🙂

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