Wow- we had the most participants yet for last week’s TGP! It was sure fun to visit all the gardens linked up and see what is happening all over the country (oh, and I did visit all the links, but with 43 blogs linked up, I didn’t have time to comment on all of them…).
I enjoy getting new ideas and inspiration, learning about new things and plants I’d like to try. Here are a few that stood out to me from last week:
Wendy at The Local Cook is working on her herb beds and had some great tips she’s learned- including some about transplanting herbs, which should help as I move my herbs from pots to my new herb garden!
Adrienne at La Vie Quotidienne made me covet something I’ve never even thought of before: a little bridge. Who knew?
Esther at Fleur Cottage posted about this Akebia vine that covers an arbor in her backyard. I was happy to see it’s hardy and it’s definitely going on my to-buy list. Love. It.
And every time I see the photo of Debbie’s Potager I am filled with garden envy. It’s so neat and tidy- I just want to hang out there. *smile*
As for me, the tomato saga continues- I managed to find most of the varieties to replace those I lost, and for $1.09 each, it’s not the money pit I feared. Plus, my sweet cousin, Faun, gave me two new tomatoes for my birthday because she felt so bad about my decimated ones.
And speaking of decimated tomatoes- guess what did all that damage?
Slugs. Hundreds of them- I can’t remember when they’ve been this bad. I inadvertently made a trap for them when I stuck the new tomatoes I bought in their cardboard tray under the row cover over the tomato bed. I meant to plant them Saturday, but it rained (as in, poured- I’d plant in light drizzle, after all, I’m an Oregonian!).
Then I went out to plant them on Sunday and was driven in by heavy rain – and HAIL – before getting them planted.
I finally looked at them on Monday and found about 50 slugs slumbering in and around the pots on the cardboard. Aaacckk! Dead, dead, dead, each and every one- plus many more that I went looking for.
And you can bet I liberally applied the slug bait after planting which I managed to finish right before…
Being driven in by pouring rain. Again.
Please, rain- please go away…we’re drowning here.
So, yes, I’m looking forward to seeing your blooms and harvests and even your sun to remind be that it’s still out there- somewhere.