Squirl's Nest

Monday, April 16, 2007

My own garden

Update. Two more pictures at the bottom!

Well, I finally have my own garden. It's been years. I'm not sure how much I'll end up with, as this is my first year at it, but I hope it'll be fun.

I planted bulbs last fall. A few weeks ago the weather got really warm and nice. Then, it got really cold and snowed. Some of my flowers that were just coming up will probably be okay. Some will not.

Anyway, the pictures aren't great, but here's what's happening right now.

This hyacinth seems to be the best of the lot.

The crocus in the backyard did fairly well.

A couple of long shots.

And I'm not sure what this is. I'll have to wait for it to get a little bigger.

I don't know if I've seen this color hyacinth before or not. I was also not sure if they'd survived the frost. And, of course, the scent is fabulous!

I took this just after sunset. I love yellow. And I love daffodils in particular.



Blogger tshsmom said...

It looks to me like you're a successful gardener!
I love the deep blues and purples! I want to plant some clematis, but I ONLY want a dark purple one. None of our nurseries sell them by color.

WOW, this is the first time I've got firsties on your blog!

Mon Apr 16, 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Is that a peony coming up? I love hyacinths and crocus! Guess I'll need to plant me some bulbs this fall.

Mon Apr 16, 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, yay, first! Thanks. We'll see how the rest of it goes. If I see any seeds that are just the dark purple I'll pick them up for you. I hope you can get some. I know someone who has them, she's let me take some pictures. That color is just gorgeous!

Eclectic, is that what the last one is??? I sure hope so!

Yeah, you have to think ahead for the bulbs. I just love having some color in the spring. And the hyacinths smell sooo good.

Mon Apr 16, 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

Yeah, I think that last one is peony.

Mon Apr 16, 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Woo-hoo! Thanks, htgt! I sure would love a peony.

Mon Apr 16, 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I am very jealous! I want a garden too. Thanks for the great photos, the colors are gorgeous.

Mon Apr 16, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Of course, if you hadn't told us, it *could* have been the Secret Garden. But noooooooo, go ahead and SPOIL it why don't you?!

I guess the fertilizer's out of the bag now.

Mon Apr 16, 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

If it's a peony, it would be a tree peony. The regular ones don't have woody stems. A hydrangea, maybe? There are a few species that are rather red like that.

I'm now convinced that my allergies to hyacinths are psychosomatic. I started sneezing as soon as I saw your pics. :P

Tue Apr 17, 02:32:00 AM  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

They are beautiful. I do have a question though. K brought home a merigold. Is that an inside plant or outside plant if I can get it to grow? She got it from her after school program and she just brought the seeds home because she didnt have time to do the whole project and I told the teacher I had soil at home. If I dont kill it first is it an inside plant or out door plant? I am not real good with flowers in general.

Tue Apr 17, 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Squirl, the hyacinth is gorgeous! What a great photo of it. Flowers are always such great subjects for photos, I think.

In that long shot, is there something yellow blooming in the distance? You have me intrigued.

Tweety29, I know you asked Squirl, but I'll give my two cents too, and she can add or correct anything I say. Marigolds are outdoor plants and are usually planted in full sun, I believe. You might be able to check a website. It can be tricky to grow from seed outside, depending on where you live and how warm it is outside right now. Sometimes, you need to start the seed in a small pot, and keep it in a very sunny spot inside your house until it gets to be an inch or two high. (anyone else want to chime in here, go ahead) then you can transplant it outside. The main thing for growing from seed is that it must stay moist continuously. It can be tricky to keep it moist but not kill it with overwatering. It ought to be a good project for your daughter. Good luck!

Tue Apr 17, 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

If that's a peony, then I officially have peonies envy.

Your crocus pictures turned out a lot better than mine did, too. I'll have to come check these out in person.

Tue Apr 17, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

Danielle thanks. Could I just leave the merigold in the pot I have and hang the pot outside? Then I dont have to transplant it and hurt it. I have it hanging in a very sunny window now until it gets bigger. But its only like 50 degrees here NE WI. Thanks for answering my question. I just noticed that she had pix but I dont do flowers usually. I kill them. We have indoor plants. Its a little easier to take care of.

Tue Apr 17, 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Laurie, you're welcome and thank you!

MrB, yup, you're right. The fertilizer's out of the bag. Coulda kept this one secret. Why didn't I think about that???

Courtney, it might be a peony tree. I looked at the picture I took last summer, but it's too far to be able to get a good look. And, here's a Kleenex. :)

Tweets, Danielle says it all. I would keep it outside, whether you transplant or not. They don't have the most lovely odor in the world.

Danielle, thanks for helping out Tweets. I love that hyacinth. I was out sniffing the fragrance this morning. I think the yellow you're seeing might be the lighter colored hyacinths. They look, up close, like they might have been damaged by the frost. I hope not. But there are some daffodils planted, too. Maybe you caught a hint of those. Thanks!

Bucky, that's allowed. I don't care what Freud said. And, please do come over and check out the flowers.

Tue Apr 17, 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

Ok thanks girls. I love flowers but I am not real good with them. I have said that before.

Tue Apr 17, 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

tweetey29, marigolds are very easy...they do like LOTS of sun, and as the flowers die, clip them off. That will promote more flowers throughout the summer. The plant won't last through the winter (it's an annual), so enjoy it this year. If it's a tall one, you can cut the flowers to enjoy indoors.

Squirl, I couldn't hang around much before, but I wanted to say how excited I am about your garden. I miss that very much, and will enjoy watching yours. You've made a good start. I love the scent of hyacinths...just makes me delirious.

Tue Apr 17, 08:08:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Such a wonderful garden, Squirl. You encourage me to again desire my own garden.

Wed Apr 18, 12:10:00 AM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

I am crap at gardening. Everything I touch dies, so I just pay someone else to do it. It seems to be the only way I can have a garden.

Wed Apr 18, 01:45:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...


Oh yes, you can definitely keep it in the pot that it is already in. It is just that the pots are sometimes a little small and once it is really established (4 inches or so big) you _could_ transplant it if you wanted to give it more room to groow.

As it gets bigger and has flowers, if you leave it in the pot, you might need to just water it more than you would if it were in the ground. And when I say water it more, I mean twice a week instead of once a week. You don't want to over do the watering because you can kill plants by overwatering as much as you can by underwatering them. Just stick your finger in the soil and see if it is moist, or if it is dry on top and moist underneath (then don't water). If it is completely dry, you probably should water it.

The good thing is that marigolds are pretty hardy and not so easy to kill (I think).

Wed Apr 18, 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Tweety you're welcome.

htgt, thanks! I hope I do well and you have a lot to enjoy. Aren't hyacinths wonderful?

Nick, that would be great if you could do some gardening. It's therapeutic, if nothing else.

JDR, there must be some things that would do well with you. A lot of plants actual thrive when mostly ignored. But I'll try to put up as many flower pictures as I can for you. :-)

Danielle, thanks again!

Wed Apr 18, 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

When I saw the hyacinth it caused an olfactory hallucination. I really could smell it. Great pictures my dear.

Thu Apr 19, 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Those colours are just stunning. I have never seen a hyacinth that coral colour as well. Really gorgeous.

Thu Apr 19, 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

Squirl! I literally jumped back in my seat when I saw that apricot-colored hyacinth! I've never seen such a color...I'm so enjoying gardening vicariously through you. Keep 'em coming!

Fri Apr 20, 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

Squirl those bottom two are just as beautiful as the rest of them.

Fri Apr 20, 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

OooooooOOOOooooo. I've never seen a hyacinth in that peachy color! How neat. And the daffodil shot looks really nice too. I always like it when flowers are either on a blurred, a white, or a black background (depending on the color).

Fri Apr 20, 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oh awesome!! That daff picture is so dramatic! And I love the color of the peachy hyacinth!!!!!

Fri Apr 20, 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nina, that scent just can't be beat. Thanks!

Thanks, Kranki, I'm glad you liked them. :-)

htgt, yeah, that was my reaction when I realized what color they are. I think I'll pull the bulbs and mark them by color when they're done. I hope I live up to your vicarious gardening expectations. :-D

Tweets, thanks! You're sweet.

Danielle, I do, too. There was one of my orchid pictures that turned out like that and I love it. And that peachy, apricotty, whatever color blows me away, too.

Eclectic, thanks! Glad you like them, too.

Fri Apr 20, 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger cathy said...

the pictures ARE great!

Fri Apr 20, 07:33:00 PM  
Blogger Platypus said...

Wow, did you do something to the blues and purples in the first few shots to make them stand out like that or are they really that vivid? They make me want to get out in the post-nuclear-wintered wasteland I call my garden and actually do something with it this year. :)

Fri Apr 20, 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Cathy, thanks!!

Platypus, I always "fix" the colors in Microsoft Photo Editor, but that's because my camera always washes everything out. I lucked into a beautiful batch of hyacinth bulbs. If you work on your garden this year I want pictures!

Fri Apr 20, 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger lawbrat said...

I think the one you're not sure of is a peony. I have several of them, and they look similar to that one.

All your flowers look beautiful! You're a natural green thumb!

Sun Apr 22, 12:20:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Lawbrat, thanks!

Mon Apr 23, 07:01:00 PM  

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