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Early June In the Garden

The garden continues to grow and evolve, watching for the first tomatoes and hoping for a good crop of basil.  The garden is busy and blooming so get ready for a picture heavy post!  Out in the forest, the honeysuckle is going like crazy.

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The sweet fragrance wafts across the air, and the pollinators are all over these blooms.

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Mountain Laurel is blooming across the property.  Ours are all white, no pink ones.

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The peach trees have a good amount of fruit. These are wild clingstone peaches, not a lot of usable fruit, but a really sweet and intensely peach flavor.  If DH is lucky enough, I’ll get the peaches before the bears do and make him a Fresh Peach Coffee Cake.  The problem is I have to leave them on the trees until they ripen or they don’t get ripe.  So, the bears and I have a race each year to get to them at the perfect moment.

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This red and white petunia sneaked into my basket of bargain white petunias, so I put it with the white lobelia. Both are doing nicely on the veranda.

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The yellow torenias are growing and beginning to bloom more profusely.

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Whoopee, I actually have a nice lettuce plant! This will be a salad soon.

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The red snapdragons are starting another show.

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The celosias are still little, but blooming well.

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The day lilies are getting going, this one with dewdrops in the early morning.

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My favorite pale yellow one with the deep purple throat is blooming profusely.  It is too bad that these gorgeous blooms only last one day.  I like the ruffled edges of this one.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

More ruffled edges on the peachy color ones with yellow throats, there are two clumps of these both putting on daily shows.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

My largest tomato plant has a flower! Hoping for a nice fat tomato.

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The tomatoes planted in a large pot are getting bigger too.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Out in the front flower bed, the white petunias are growing and filling the pots, flowering nicely.

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The larger pot on the corner of the veranda is filling in too. The daisy finished blooming and I deadheaded the blooms hoping it will go again. I like this pink coleus a lot, it adds nice color to the pot.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Another planting of basil in a small pot is coming along.

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Inside, a friend convinced me to try growing another lettuce from the core of one used for dinner. So I did. I thought using a bulb vase would be perfect to keep it just in the water. I cut a thin slice off the bottom and put it in water.

Lettuce rooting

About a week later, it seemed to be doing really well. No roots yet, but I was hopeful as the leaves were growing.

Lettuce in bulb grower

Then, for some reason it died and turned brown. I don’t have a clue why. Another epic fail, LOL!! Also on the failure front, the poinsettia in the large pot on the veranda died too. I guess it didn’t like being replanted, or something was wrong with the light or water. But the blue lobelia and the peachy pink begonia still are growing and blooming nicely.

Lobelia May

The vibrant colors are just beautiful.

Peach begonia with lobelia

Basil and more begonias, both doing well.

White and pink begonias

The fuschia put on a spectacular show!  The two color flowers are so interesting.

Fuschia 1

Last week I made DH a couple of loaves of Apple Bread, and put the peels and cores out in a dish for the critters. It didn’t take long for the crows to find it and steal an apple core.  The others tried to take it away from him, instead of getting their own from the dish.  Later, I noticed it was all gone, so I think they came back and had a feast.

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The goldfinches are wearing their summer colors, so bright and beautiful.


All the torenias are blooming and they are beginning to cascade trailing shoots of leaves and flowers. They are growing larger and faster than previous years, and I think the bone meal and slow release fertilizer I added to the hanging baskets made a difference.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Lovely cool mornings and evenings are nice to sit in the rockers and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a nice evening libation.  The pillow is from my internet buddy Jenna’s site The Painted Apron.   She is such a wonderful artist!  I plan to get another bright pillow soon for the other chair.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I love seeing the pollinators come by, this pretty butterfly rested on the veranda, moving its wings back and forth slowly.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The June blooming lily has one bloom again this year. I wish it would do two like it has in the past, so I’ll give it some fertilizer and bone meal to help it along.  Not bad for a bulb that was a gift several years ago, and has bloomed every year since.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I deadheaded the hydrangea, and it is starting to bloom with lovely shades of pink to lavendar to blue, all on the same bush and sometimes on the same flower.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

So, much is blooming and more to come.  My one little squash plant has a big flower, and I hope for more.  The hostas are filled in and fully leafed out, and should have the tall spires of purple blooms soon.  More day lilies will come into bloom too.  I still plan to move some things around, and will get to that soon.

What’s going on in your garden?



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Last of the Garden

The days are not quite so hot, and the nights are definitely getting cooler, so the garden is winding down.  The torenias will continue to bloom well into October, but they are starting to look a little leggy.  The silver pot on the porch below is the amaryllis that rebloomed last winter.  Click on Reblooming Amaryllis to see that post.

Late August Garden - torenia

I was delighted that my heirloom tomato plant gave me at least a couple of small tomatoes before giving up.

Late August Garden - tomatoes

The little pink strawflowers finally bloomed, just one flower per plant, next to the basil that is still going good. I’ll pick all those basil leaves and freeze them for use all winter. That is after I enjoy some fresh ones with the heirloom tomatoes and some mozzarella cheese.

Late August Garden - pink flower, basil

The marigolds have kept the bugs off those little tomatoes, but they are just about done too.

Late August Garden - marigolds

Here are the last few geranium blooms.

Late August Garden - begonia

Impatiens are still going, but the cooler nights will soon take care of them.

Late August Garden - impatiens

These little petunias have bloomed all summer, but the plants stayed small.

Late August Garden - petunia

The variegated coleus finally got tall, and the begonias filled out a bit. They will last a while longer too.

Late August Garden - variegated green

Yellow torenias still spill over their planter.

Late August Garden - yellow torenia

Lovely cool mornings, with a cup of hot coffee, quietly beginning the day in the rocking chair looking at the late summer view.

Late August Garden - rockers

Looks like this photo I took last year, the clouds were prettier than the plain sky this morning.


Care to sit a spell? Is your garden still going?


July in the Garden

The garden continues to do well for flowers, even though the temperatures are getting a bit warm for our part of the country. Mountain summers rarely reach 90 degrees, but we have had a few days that hot. Most are around 88 in the hottest part of summer, which is now to the end of July, and occasionally about a week into August. Then the highs start going down again. Gladiolas are blooming now, such a pretty yellow color!

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They are so tall that the rain made the flower spires fall over, so I had to cut them and bring them inside in a vase. I added a few of the purple hosta flower spires too.  More glads are ready to bloom outside.

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We had a couple of visitors too. This little guy came by, and stayed a while.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

So cute, and I offered him a piece of my home grown lettuce, but he declined to eat it.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Our other visitor is still here. She came up on the rocker and sat there for a bit. She turned her head to look at me after I took her picture. Later I found her deep in the New Guinea Impatiens.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The strawberries are just pitifully small.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The tomatoes have only two pitiful blooms even though the marigolds are going gangbusters.

Tomato July 2015

The lettuce is ready for harvesting another salad.

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My lovely salad with my friend Laurie’s generous gift of cherry tomatoes.


The squash is growing and blooming, but no vegetables yet. I need to get out and do some weeding, well, when it gets a bit cooler.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The white lobelia and pink geraniums keep blooming.  I just love this planter.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The double begonia is getting huge, with pretty yellow double blooms.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

At last, a few peaches for me. The bear didn’t get them this year!

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A few peaches gathered in a basket. Hopefully, I can get enough peach to make DH a loaf of peach bread. These are clingstones and they are pretty small. It takes a bunch to get a enough to bake bread, so most years I buy a few locally grown peaches to augment my crop.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

This morning I found a few more that the bugs didn’t get.

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And looking up the mountain, I discovered the blackberry bramble is back! The berries are small, but given time they should get bigger with all the rain recently.

Blackberries July 2015

We had them all cleared out a few years ago, and they have come back. Problem is getting to them, they are tangled up with thorns and weeds, and probably poison ivy. But it might be worth a try with DH’s wellies, some thick clothing and gloves.

Blackberries July 2015 -2

How is your garden doing in the July heat?



Working in the Garden in June

Last week I finally got to the garden center to pick up the rest of the veggie plants I wanted.   I got three more tomato plants, one a purple heirloom, a couple of peppers, several herbs and a few more flowers.  The trunk was full.

Trunk plants

Nothing beats a homegrown tomato topped with fresh picked basil, and served with some local fresh goat cheese or mozarella. Hopefully, these guys will grow up soon.

tomatoes and peppers

Here is the heirloom one, hope it gets big and starts producing soon.

tomato heirloom

Hubby bought a potting bench for me. Isn’t it wonderful?

potting bench

So, I got my sage and oregano in the ground, and got the mulch put down.

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The torenias are really growing!  All the baskets now have tendrils hanging below the bottom.  The hummingbirds have been having a field day, but I have yet to get a picture of one.


The yellow torenia is just about done blooming. I’ve not had one of these before so I don’t know if it will start again or not.


The petunias are lovely, and the dark purple lobelias are going wild.

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The pots near the door are coming along.

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My hydrangea has leafed out nicely. I need to take out those brown stems left over from last year. I can’t wait to see what color the blooms will be this year.


The day lilies are just days away from blooming.


Although the ones in the bed are blooming now. There’s a purple one with a yellow throat…

Day lily purple

and a peach color one with a purple throat.

Day Lily peach

My local big-box chain garden center has a clearance rack for plants.   I have learned to check it whenever I am there.  This time I picked up a bunch of geraniums and vincas for 25 cents each.  Yes they looked a little bedraggled, but a little water and the right light will do wonders.

planterbox vincas

Next week I’ll show you my big bargain. I want to get it to bloom if I can.

So, how does your garden grow?