I can’t believe I said 2015. Where has the time gone? It’s almost the end of 2014 and I am planning my summer garden already. I love the time between Christmas and New Years as its so quiet at our home. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is gone and we are planning our future goals. I don’t make too many resolutions as I need things to be simple and uncomplicated. I want to start the new year slowly with just a few goals in mind. One of those goals is to get my book editing done and an outline sent of to a publisher or two. Okay, that sounds a bit complicated now. The second goal is to grow more plants. I know, I grew lots last year. This year I want to try my hand at some unusual plants. Why not grow stevia, lemon grass and chop suey greens? There are so many choices as I peruse the seed catalogues. Cucamelons are on my must try to grow list this year. Many of my friends grew them successfully so I have to try. They are a tiny melon that tastes like a cucumber with a hint of lime. They are bite sized and perfect for snacking. As I read over the new seed catalogues I make lists. So far I have 11 seed types checked off from just one catalogue. The lists may need some paring down later. It’s not like I don’t already have a huge stash of seeds in the garage. Seeds are like clothes, you don’t want to keep wearing the same old thing. We all like something new.
I have also made it a point to cover my garden in colour everywhere. Yes, there are some ugly spots in the garden and they need help. One of them is the end of the driveway garden. You know the one that the garbage guys toss the cans on or the one the pedestrians toss garbage into. I am determined to make this garden pretty once and for all. So be forewarned truck drivers. I am on the warpath. So far this garden has a head start with hundreds of spring bulbs already planted. If I could replicate the Zinnia planting above it would certainly be a showstopper. I took the above photo at Westham Island Herb farm last summer. Zinnias bloom all summer long and require little deadheading.
I also need to work on the ‘back forty’ vegetable garden. Using straw as mulch worked well. That is until the straw began to grow. You see no matter how hard they try, a few seed heads are left in the bales. Yes, I had oats growing everywhere. This year we hope to build a raised bed garden with bark mulch along the paths. Its called the ‘less work’ garden. Right now this area is a wash of mud with all the rain we have had. I just found my kitchen garden plans and hope to get started soon on this area.
So I am on the hunt for new plants for my garden. This rose will never be gone as it’s a favourite but I will be looking for new perennials to add to my shade garden. I seem to have more and more shade in the front garden so we have started collecting Hostas. I love them but they need companions. I think I see some Heucherellas in my future.
My shade garden is all about foliage after the initial spring bulbs are finished and the trees leaf out. The oak tree provides shade for the Hostas in the heat of summer. As I look at the photos I long for spring to arrive. We are lucky to live in an area where gardening begins again in late February.