Welcome to a total garden takeover! My name is Whitney and my husbands name is Brett. We will be taking over the garden for a while. Ron and Judi have taken off for the magical land of Hawaii for a few years and left us amateurs with the “secret garden” (at least that’s what I call it when I explain it to my friends).
To give you a little background, I have absolutely ZERO experience gardening. I once planted a small garden outside of a house that I lived in college. I think I spent about $30 on pansies and that’s probably it. I MAY have read to see if they could live in full sun or partial shade (or whatever it was that garden got) and I just went with it. I moved out only about a month after I planted them, (since Logan stays so cold so long) and I never went back to see how they did. I treated those plants like my babies for one short month and then my gardening days were over. From then on I lived in apartment after apartment. OH! I also once killed a palm in my apartment in Los Angeles. I bought it at Ikea and could never figure out just how much water and sun it needed. So, how much confidence have I just instilled in all of you? Probably none. haha! Just bare with me.
If you are curious to know, I am a photographer. I work from home, which means I get to check on the garden pretty much whenever i want (bonus)! Brett is still in school full time. Most of our big yard work days are done on breaks that he has from school . All of the cleanup was done over his Spring break. Lucky him! This last week he had a little break before Summer semester started and we did some much needed weeding, unwanted extra plant removal (hollyhocks EVERYWHERE), and tied up the plants that were a little heavy for their stems (some roses and all of the peonies). Everyday I do a garden walk through and try to grab as many weeds out as I see. We will see how that holds up as the Summer continues.
Here is how I am learning to garden:
(Via Texts to Judi)
Me: (sends a photo of a patch of the garden as well as particular mystery plant to me) What do I do with this patch of the garden? What is this plant? Should this be pulled out?
Judi: The top right photo is all weeds and needs to be pulled out. That is a poppy, DON’T pull that out. Also, see all of those big leaves there? Those are Hollyhocks and should NOT be there. Get those out as soon as possible.
I then proceed to do what I’m told. Luckily, Judi also has a LOT of gardening books around the house that I have cracked open a few times. They taught me when and how to prune a lot of the stuff in the yard. My mom is also some help. She lives five minutes away and used to be a florist and also has a pretty garden.
Some things I know I have already done wrong:
1. I was VERY shy with pruning the roses. I had no idea how big they could get so quickly. I was worried because I didn’t want to ruin anything. So now we have these massive rose bushes and we had to tie some of them up to keep them up. The climbing roses around the fences and archways are also a little out of control because I didn’t know what I was doing. Luckily I have been bringing a lot of roses inside in vases and I try to prune them a bit when I do that. Also, since it’s just the first year I think I can get it back under control. Next year I will prune back MUCH more.
2. Some potted trees and bamboo died over the winter (Judi still doesn’t know so she should be finding out now whoops). I think it may be because we had a VERY dry and warm winter. It was 60 degrees almost half of February and we only had about a week or two of snow in the valley. I can’t lie I loved not dealing with the snow, but it definitely put things into bloom early and even as an amateur I could tell it messed with some of the plants.
3. I planted some tomatoes seeds inside and they were going GREAT until they got a bit too large for their pots. I got the medium sized pots and thought they would be okay the whole time in there, but some of the cherry tomato plants are looking a bit yellow. We planted them outside this week after hardening them off for about eight days, but they are still looking a bit yellow. We will see if they will live or not. You live and learn, right?
4. I wish I would have weeded a little earlier. Because Brett and I are both busy, (I work full time and he is in school) we can only garden at certain times. I could not BELIEVE how huge some of those weeds got. Next year I will get at that earlier so they don’t end up so big. Maybe that’s normal though? I really don’t know.
The truth is this is all new to me, but I am LOVING it! Who knows, some of these photos could be of pretty weeds haha! I do know the garden instantly calms me down and brings me happiness. I may not know what I am doing, but I have a HUGE desire to keep this garden beautiful and I know that’s why it’s going to be okay! The amount of work IS worth it to me and I can’t wait to continue to see new things happening in the garden!
Can you see the dead tree behind the rose archway?
We also have some sugar snap peas, beets, and turnips coming in nicely! Also, we are finding little strawberries popping up! We can’t wait until summer and more fruit! seeing the little peaches form is so exciting!
The peonies have me swooning! I love the little ladybug hanging out on the bud and I LOVE watching the cute little bees!
I hope you enjoy all the photos of the garden! It’s gorgeous right now. Sorry the formatting is weird… I’ll figure it out next time, but for now it’s late and it will do! Until next time, gardeners!