Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Blog

I'm now garden blogging for AnnArbor.com as well as here. (Stop laughing, I will do a real post here soon, maybe even today!)

The blog is also called Garden Faerie's Musings, and I've put the link here as well as in my sidebar if you want to stop over and say hello. As always, I appreciate your support. If you have a facebook account, you can leave comments directly, otherwise you'll need to create an account there (thanks for the fb update, MBT!).

The most recent article is about free ideas on garden walks.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yes and No

Please let me answer the two main things you've probably been wondering:
  1. Am I still alive? Yes!
  2. Do I have a good excuse for ignoring blogging? No!
I've been away from the garden and away from blogging. I miss both, especially connecting with friends. I promise to comment again soon and possibly even do a real post. For now, please enjoy these gratuitous photos.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Nasty Companions

Hello fellow nasturtium growers and admirers! This is my fourth post for the Seed GROW Project, organized by Mr. Brown Thumb, with nasturtium seeds (Tropaeolum majus 'Spitfire') donated by Renee's Garden.

Only three of my nasties (which by the way is a term of endearment) made it this year. But as you can see, one of them is already blooming. Looking very well after all the rain, noogie!

I placed two plants along the trellis that divides one of my garden beds from my neighbors' driveway. The plant in between the nasties is hops. A local brewer gave it to me last year and it never did much. In fact, I thought it had died. Then this year, hey presto!, it's growing. I think it will be a nice contrast to the orange nasties.

Here is my winter-sown heirloom corn, Golden Bantam, which I think the nasty will look nice surrounding or climbing up, as it sees fit. You may be thinking I'm picking strange plant companions for my nasties, and it's true I like to mix it up.

Mother Nature is with me on this one. I found a fourth nasturtium growing in my container potatoes about a month ago. Somehow the soil in which the other nasties didn't sprout must have gotten mixed up in this soil. I did very carefully try to extract the nasty a few weeks later from what was then a potato forest, but I didn't get enough roots and lost the patient in a failed nastectomy!

So that's me then. How are your nasties doing?

I'm growing Nasturtium 'Spitfire' for the GROW project. Thanks to Renee's Garden for the seeds.