And so the garden grows

About three weeks ago I wrote about Beginning my Garden. Now, after waiting a bit, I can see that the garden has grown. Not only have the fruits and vegetables in our raised bed grown, but flowers and other things in the garden as well. Spring is upon us!

Finally in bloom!

Finally in bloom!

After five years of caring for this baby lilac, it has finally bloomed! The wait was worth it; its rich perfume fills the air and is a pleasure to behold.

At it's beginnings; the garden about 3 weeks ago

At it’s beginnings; the garden about 3 weeks ago

The garden now!

The garden now!

Everyday it seems to grow more and more. The lettuces look good enough to eat, but I know I must be patient!

lettuce

 

It’s really exciting to watch your food grow. Each day I have found myself ¬†peeking out the window searching for some sign of growth. Slowly, but surely, this growth has become evident.

Roses in bloom

Roses in bloom

Every year we have been blessed with beautiful blooms, such as these. For months they will decorate our house and garden.

Gardens are a blessing. We see the fruit of our labor in the growth of the flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. I can feel Spring in the air as the garden around me blooms into a diverse mix of beautiful plants.

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Beginning a Garden

This weekend, one of the planters in my backyard was transformed into a raised bed vegetable garden. This planter had once held only one, large rosemary plant, and was otherwise useless. The rosemary was torn out, as well as the red brick bordering and a wooden box built around it. The box was then filled with soil and later vegetables.

Before: Planter filled with Rosemary

Before: Planter filled with Rosemary

 

Though I did not take part in the building of the wood box, it was an interesting process to watch and an essential part of building our garden.

After the removal of bricks and rosemary

After the removal of bricks and rosemary

An empty canvas, ready to be filled with plants

An empty canvas, ready to be filled with plants

The first step to securing a good future for your potential plants is making sure the soil is rich with the nutrients your plants will need. Don’t skimp on soil! It’s there to nourish your food.

After taking a trip to the garden store, we brought home small plants. We did not start with seeds this time, though in the future it will definitely be something to try!

The beginnings of a garden!

The beginnings of a garden! Featuring: Molly, the dog

We planted a variety of lettuces, cucumbers, swiss chard, spinach, sweet peas, onions, strawberries and a variety of herbs. Now all that’s left to do is water and watch. Getting your hands in the soil and planting something that will hopefully grow into an edible vegetable is amazing. After planting these vegetables with my own two hands, I’m excited to see what this garden will contribute to our table. Will this first crop succeed? Wait and see.

Spring Arrival in the Garden

March is here, and it’s beginning to look like spring. In the gardening plants are beginning to bloom or are already blooming. I took a few pictures of the outdoors while on a walk in the garden.

Lilac in bloom

Lilac in bloom

Lilacs are a beautiful, purple color when in bloom that let off an intoxicating scent. Some lilacs, like these, only bloom for around 2 weeks, which makes this period very special. The lilacs in my own garden have yet to bloom, and simply look like a stick growing out the ground, so I took a picture of my neighbors beautiful lilacs which I always make sure to smell when I walk by. Lilacs are some of the most special flowers, because of their short spanned bloom, and are quite enchanting.

Lilac not yet in bloom

Lilac not yet in bloom

Freesia in bloom

Freesia in bloom

Freesia are beautiful flowers with a distinctive sweet scent that many have re-created in perfume. Each year freesia’s multiply, bringing more of that sweet smell with them.

Agave

Agave

Agave plants rarely bloom, because after their one and only bloom they die. Our agave in my front yard has begun to bloom, and these large stocks are beginning to grow from it. Goodbye beautiful agave, thank you for your bloom.

gardentree

In my backyard we have camellia’s that are bright and pink. These flowers often fall from the tree, creating a floor of flowers, as shown in the picture above.

That are so many beautiful plants and flowers out there, what is your favorites?