Tuesday, June 16, 2009
It's a Garden Party & our first harvest
Welcome to my new blog. A lot of you may know me from my other blog Manning Family Tree. I decided to start a separate blog just for my blog parties & decorating stuff. I will now be posting my family photos & family stuff on my old blog. So welcome, welcome.
Kimba over at A Soft Place to Land is having a Garden Party today. And Tam over at The Gypsy's Corner is hosting her weekly Three or More Tuesday Party. So I thought I would join both parties today. So why don't you come along to my backyard & I'll show you at least three different things.
We'll will start off with the "before" photo of one of our tomato plants. This photo was taken at the end of March. My hubby bought this topsy turvy thingy to try our first attempt at growing tomatoes. He first had it hanging from the patio on our side yard. See how small the plant is? I'm sure it was thinking "Hey, why am I hanging upside down?". And be sure you focus just on the plant & not on the grass that needs to be mowed or the other crap that should not be in the photo. I was in a hurry when I took this photo. Call me human.
And here is the "after" photo (taken just this morning). The tomato plant on the left is this same plant. As you can see it is getting quite big. It has lots of Roma tomatoes just waiting to ripen up & be picked to make salsa. Can't wait. My hubby decided he loved the topsy turvy so he bought some more. We have 3 hanging on this mobile garden my hubby built. The middle one has Jalapeno peppers and the one on the right is regular tomatoes. The Roma tomato plant is doing the best. But it had a head start. See how all the plants turn up to catch the sun? I would be doing the same thing.
Here is a photo of the entire mobile garden. I'll hopefully be doing a post about this next Monday for Metamorphosis Monday. Luckily the weather has been quite cool for southern California. I'm so afraid when it gets hot (and it will soon) that everything will die.
And here is our string bean plants. We just got our first harvest off these plants yesterday. I was so excited. This is our first year planting a garden. So you can see why I was so excited.
Ta da!!!! And here is our harvest. Eight beans!!!!! We have 4 people in my family, so that is two a piece. I am going to cook them up for dinner tonight. There are more growing on the stalks, but these 8 were the only ones ready to pick. I feel like a farmer! I am now a country girl!! Woo hoo!!! Have you ever seen someone get so excited over 8 beans? I didn't think so. Now I'll show you a few of the other green things in our yard. This is the "before" photo of the hanging baskets on our lamp post. This was also taken back at the end of March.
And here is the "after" photo taken this morning. I just love when the flower baskets fill in. Here is a bougainvillea plant. This plant was almost completely dead a couple of months ago. Hubby trimmed it back & gave it some tender loving care. And just look at the results. Hubby needs to plant it up against the fence, but for now, we enjoy it by our pool.
And finally our dolphin topiary. This photo was taken last week. Since then, hubby has trimmed it up so it looks much better. I should have taken a new photo this morning, but I forgot. This topiary came with the house & was originally on our back hill & completely dead. Hubby moved it, planted a new plant & gives it his tender loving care. This is hubby's pride & joy.
And there you have our garden and a sampling of some of the green things in our backyard. Hubby had to borrow my camera today, so I didn't have time to take many photos. Those who know me, know that I am a procrastinator & usually don't take photos & do my post until the last possible minute. Keeps life exciting!
Now be sure to visit A Soft Place to Land & The Gypsy's Corner to see all the other participants in these fun blog parties. And don't forget to sign up as a follower, especially if you followed me on Manning Family Tree. I'm sure this blog will be more to your liking, unless you like looking at family photos.