Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Garden Tour

Okay, so I need a little help here.  I'm attempting to green up my thumb this summer.  I need some help identifying some plants that are growing in my garden and some tips on what to do with the rest of them.  Here's what we've got:

This one is in okay shape.  I just wish it had more purple blooms.  Don't you like the milk can it's sitting on?  I do. :)

Our little curbside tree is greening up nicely.  What are these things called?

Here are some of the hostas I transplanted from my sister's farm yesterday.

The hanging basket on the left is blooming and beautiful.  The other one is getting too much sun?  I just drenched it in water, picked off all the dead-heads and I moved it to a shadier spot.  Hopefully that helps?

  Now we venture into the scraggly backyard.  Until last weekend, this was duck territory, so I had to abandon all hope of getting anything done back there.  I like how even the weeds look pretty when a few forget-me-nots get thrown into the mix.

Taking the prize for both the ugliest and prettiest thing in the backyard, here is the clematis that was blooming and tangled in the debris from last year.  I scooped it all up and tied it to the trellis.  I guess it will have to do for this year.

Here's the other clematis.  It hasn't bloomed yet, but it's a lovely rich purple.  I scooped it up and tied it, too.  The hole is the duck den. :)  Dan cleared it all out yesterday.

More hostas that I plunked in amidst the ground cover and some purple "stuff" at the back that I transplanted.  Anybody know what this is called?

See what I mean about prettiest and ugliest plant?

The pretty part of the clematis again.

Weeds?  What is this stuff?  I think the lighter stuff is Bishop's Weed, which we have as ground cover in the front beds.  As for the rest....please help me identify it!

What's this green stuff?  It's growing in a pot in my backyard.  Should I plant it or kill it?

Please identify these purple thingies.

There are some pink thingies beside the purple thingies.  They look similar, but the pink ones are much shorter.

...and the white ones.  Are they the same stuff, too?

Is this thyme?  (Non-edible?  And anyways it's by the sidewalk so everybody's dog has "watered" it...I'd never eat it anyway!)

Is it just me, or is something digging in my front beds?

Is it just me, or does my dinner look delicious?  (While I watered and fixed up the flowers tonight, Dan made dinner.  YUM.)


  1. The purple, pink and white "thingies" :) look like columbine.

    The one that you think is thyme might be oregano. The leaves look too big to be tyme but it's hard to tell from your pic which one it is. Try rubbing the leaves in between your fingers and smell the scent they let off. That helps to figure out what it is.

  2. I second the Columbine identification. I love those little guys, they reseed really well if given the chance!

  3. thirding the columbine i.d... and i can't help with anything else. i'm playing the same game in my yard but i suspect my ratio of weeds is much higher!

  4. The potted plants (one that is doing well and one that you think is getting too much sun) are petunias. I love them - I used to get a big basket for our back yard. Dead-heading is very important so that the new flowers can bloom (so yay on that score!) and I would water mine quite frequently during hot weather because it got full sun. Maybe every 3 days? But I wouldn't water the one in the shade as often.

  5. OH! And I would also fertilise my petunias every few weeks. Maybe try that with the more thinned out one?

  6. The tiny purple flowers at the back of the bed is called Myrtle. I'm writing that here so I don't forget it. :)


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