Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lot's to Share

Grab a cup of tea and pull up a chair!  Lots going on in the courtyard.  Here is what I planted around the sundial!

A little path going to the arbor and we put in the flowers on each side.  Hoping Coco doesn't run through them and ruin a plant.

Plants on the ladder to the left of the arbor with the rose bush they put in the corner and the lemon thyme I planted by the edge of the arbor.  I thought this wasn't the ideal growing condition so took a chance and put the lemon thyme in the ground hoping it won't take over!

Flowers potted up on the chairs in the arbor.  Not sure if eventually something will take the place of the bird house but for now it is left there!  "Wonderful Gardener" and I don't always think alike!  For the right side of the arbor we have ordered a David Austin Climbing Rose Bush.

On the right side of the arbor is a plant in a wheelbarrow that my friend gave me a few years ago  Her husband made it and I love it  In the corner is a bleeding heart that takes shade.  It said on the tag Bleeding Heart 'King of Hearts' (Dicentra Hybrid).  We had a row of them behind our screened in porch when we lived in Michigan.  They were in the shade of the porch and an old apple tree and did well.  Bloomed all summer with little care!  I hope it does as well in my little courtyard in Indiana!

The plants are doing well in the Farm Fresh barrels.  My pepper plant was getting little black specks on the back of the leaves and the leaves starting to curl.  I sprayed some Neem Oil on it today and hope that takes care of the problem.  

This is on the left side starting down
towards the potting table.  In the long box is cooking thyme, oregano and sage.

Continuing down the path on the left side is lemon thyme in the biggest long box and basil coming up.  In front of that I planted lettuce, spinach and kale.

The last containers on the left is Rosemary, in the middle, kale planted on one side and turnips on the other side in the larger box and lettuce is coming up in the smaller rectangle box.

Down the right side of the path I have planted perennials.

On the potting bench is a pot of  chives up high so Coco doesn't eat them and a couple pots of  Sugar Peas that I am trying to grow up strings!

My long bed is flourishing now!

Can you see the peas growing around the edge.  I planted zucchini seeds in the middle today.  The peas will be eaten as pea sprouts in my salads.

In the other green pot around the edge is turnips growing.  I am not sure what I will plant in the middle yet.

Lettuce growing around a geranium in the other Farm Fresh barrel.  I tried to save the geranium from last year and it doesn't look all that great but maybe it will improve as the summer wears on.

The strawberry bed is still doing great!

I planted a patio tomato plant on one side of the front porch.  I am hoping it will get more sun there and of course, Coco can't eat it!

And I put a sungold tomato plant in a pot on the other side of the porch.

Lavender planted on each side of the sidewalk.

This is a Roma tomato plant in a bed on legs in the courtyard.  (up high so Coco can't eat this one either!)

My one yard long bean plant in a pail that I am growing from seed from Chris Fisher.  Of course the cardboard is surrounding it so Coco doesn't eat the leaves.  I sure hope I don't kill it myself!

Sue and Craig brought us dinner from The Olive Garden for Mother's Day.

They also got these beautiful two hanging asparagus plants we hung on the shepards hook.

Mike and Melissa and girls brought me a beautiful hanging basket of Begonias and the pretty blue pot to transfer it in.  In doing so it flopped.  I tried to prop one branch up and it broke off.  Woe is me.  I best leave it alone and pray it flourishes  It is a Rieger Begonia 'Solenia' and the tag said full sun.  I thought Begonias liked shade but in googling this particular kind it does like part sun to full sun so it was put on the front sidewalk.

We were happy to have Travis and Amanda stop by with our great-granddaughter!  I was selfish and held her most of the time she was here!  She is just the cutest little thing!!!!!!

Usually it is Cali that is loving on Coco but Sunday I caught this picture of Gracie giving her a little attention.  Well I imagine your tea is long gone so thanks for reading.  Please leave a comment as I love visiting with you! 


Granny Marigold said...

You've done an amazing job doing up the courtyard. I can't believe how many veggies, flowers, and herbs you have planted! I especially like the picture of the 2 of you in the arbor.
That little great grand is the sweetest!!!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Granny Marigold, Thank you. I am trying to fit in as many veggies as possible and still have it look half way decent. I have to remember to leave room though for Coco to wander and do her duties! Nancy

Betsy said...

Oh my goodness! You have a veritable farm! And I just have my lonely rhubarb plant. :-). It was 33 F this morning and although it is supposed to warm up next week, I think I'll forego a garden this year since I can't do any bending. I'll just enjoy your photos as my greenery instead of planting my own, if that's okay. Chicken Alfredo is also my favorite from Olive Garden. Yours looks yummy!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Betsy, Thank you! I am sorry you are having trouble with your back still and can't do your gardening this year. I guess I live too far from you to share but may be someone around you that gardens will share. I hope you start healing soon. Nancy

Margaret said...

Everything is looking wonderful - so very pretty! As my daughter would say, I can feel the love :) I wish I was that organized - maybe someday! Oh, haven't been to the Olive Garden since they closed up shop in Canada about 15 years ago or so - must make a point to go to one next time I'm in the states.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Margaret, Thank you! Organized! LOL I think you are super organized with all your records you keep! Olive Garden is a special treat. Yum! Nancy

Pom Pom said...

You've been a busy bee!
Everything looks very pretty.
That great grand is adorable!

NanaDiana said...

Wow! Everything looks just wonderful. You have done lots of work out there! You have my very favorite Olive Garden meal right there in front of you! I ALWAYS get the chicken alfredo AND I ask them to put extra alfredo sauce on it. lol I can almost taste it now!

I am just trying to figure out if I have a first name for you anywhere. Do you have one posted anywhere? I hate to just call you Cozy. lol

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. xo Diana

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Pom Pom, Gardening season is always busy it seems but I love gardening! We are thrilled with our little grand daughter! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Nana Diana, Thanks! I do love gardening! I didn't realize you could ask for extra alfredo sauce. Mine on Sunday didn't seem to have enough.! My first name is Nancy. Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Henny Penny said...

You have more vegetables and herbs and flowers growing than we have in our actual garden! Everything looks so pretty...and healthy. I know it has been fun decorating and planting in the new courtyard. Sounds like you had a good Mother's Day.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Henny Penny, Thanks! I hope your Mother's Day was nice also. It has been fun but we found digging out holes for the perennials was a lot of work! Nancy

Julie said...

Hello Nancy, everything is looking so healthy & lush & beautiful in your part of the world. Your flowers will be wonderful when they all grow & you will have so much colour for the summer & lovely vegetables. Your great grandaughter is just beautiful - I would've wanted to hold her too, so precious. Have a lovely weekend Nancy, thanks for your visit to my blog. Julie xxx

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

I can't believe how much you have planted in that little courtyard, Nancy - wow, you have been very busy!! Looks great, and your grands are gorgeous!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Julie, Thank you for your nice comments. It is a little colder here now but hoping my flowers will still grow. There is something special about holding a small baby! Especially a great grandbaby. Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Debbie from Mountain Mama, Thanks! I have tried to pack in as much as possible and hoping for the best! Miss our larger yard but not the work! Nancy

Gloriade said...

Hi Nancy, You sure have been busy. Everything looks so wonderful and seems to be taking off. I am impress at how many different plants you have going in your courtyard. I have been caring for my mother these past couple of weeks after a surgery and am barely able to even get things weeded let alone planted. So we will just have to enjoy what is already in the ground and that's ok too. Blessings!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Gloriade, Yes, been busy but the gardening season doesn't last long enough and I want to grow and do as much as possible! I hope your Mom heals quickly and you can get back to gardening Nancy

Rain said...

Hi Nancy! :)

Your flowers are so pretty, I haven't been able to plant one flower seed yet, it's still too cold here! Yes, we went from a heat wave back to November weather, sigh. I had such high hopes lol...your whole arbour area, the plants and the decorations are so cute and cozy! I love it! It's funny you mention Coco...my Charlie is famous for barreling through things where her feet don't belong, I could never plant flowers anywhere near where she might be treading! And when I brought my seedlings out the other day to harden off, I caught her sniffing them and I'm sure I saw a little lick of the lips lol! When they finally make it outside, they'll be fenced. I don't need to worry about rabbits and deer, only huskies! :) That photo of you and your hubby under the arbour is beautiful! :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Rain, Thank you! Lucky that you can fence in your plants so they are safe from Charlie. My courtyard is so little there is not room to fence them in so I have to figure out other ways to keep them safe. There is no way we would ever get rid of Coco. I love her too much! I don't know how that picture of us in the Arbor with the strawberries got taken! Nancy

baili said...

wow your plants are so pretty .
loved the way you arranged them in your yard.loved the long bed specially.
you great grand daughter is cutest little angle!
thank you for spreading spring in my day

Carolee said...

It's nice to find another Indiana blog! I'm behind in my gardens because of the rain and cold, but catching up now that we have finally had some sunshine. Your veggies look terrific, and I love all your containers.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi baili, Thank you for leaving such a nice comment! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Carolee, Thank you for commenting and liking my containers. I love the raised beds. It is so nice to meet a new blogger and especially one from Indiana also! I wish our weather would just stay nice! Nancy

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