This is the second Spring I’ve seen in this house, but it’s the first time I feel like I’ve got a shot at a proper garden. After a month of rain that would make Seattle weather look like a faucet drip, the time has come to get my hands dirty. Printed here for your enjoyment, the list of what’s growing im Garten:
The comeback kids
There are a surprising number of volunteer plants, come back for another season.
- Lily of the Valley – poisonous to critters, but smell heavenly.
- Aster – we completely cut these down last year, but they’re back en masse.
- Knockout Roses – There are at least 800 rosebuds on two plants. Eye candy.
- Cannas – Tropical flowers that you’re supposed to dig up during winter. Oops.
- Strawberries – No fruit last year, but there are several blossoms this year.
- Woolly Thyme – Not only did it survive the Winter, it is healthier than ever.
- Rosemary – This was a close call. It looked damn near dead, but decided to green up again.
- Corsican Mint – This scrubby character was supposed to be an annual. Smells nice when rubbed.
- Sweet Pepper – Might be a seed from the compost pile. We’ll never know.
- Roma/Beefsteak Tomatoes – How would we live without them.
- Sweet Basil – I have to resist using every leaf on the plant before it has a chance to grow.
- Japanese Eggplant – I’m working on a surface-to-rabbit missle system to protect this guy.
- Red/Yellow/Orange Pepper – Ditto the missle defense system.
- Oregano – Plays nice with the basil.
- Chives – I don’t use them all that often, but they’re pretty plants nonetheless.
- Catnip – Good for sending the cats to Mars. Also drives away pests.
- Runner Beans – My first try at growing beans, plus it gives us some privacy.
- Edamame – These little soybeans + soy sauce= deliciousness.
- Blackberries – I like the fruit. I love the thorns (read: annoying neighborhood children).
- Spirea – Some nice color for in front of the house.
- Phlox – To stop erosion around the patio.
View all of the photos of the garden here.