Garden Blog Bloom Day…and lasagna beds

sb158 | March 15, 2011


Over at May Dreams Gardens, the 15th of the month is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Here’s what’s blooming in my garden today…

Don’t you just love the pretty blue color of this ageratum? I know the beneficial insects do. Planted this way last summer in a container, but it didn’t do much in the heat. Come fall, I cut it back real hard and fed it real well. Saved it from a few freezes, too; I had no idea if it would work or not. Apparently it did, as it’s been blooming for a long time already.


Love nasturtiums; unfortunately, they don’t love it down here too much once it really warms up. They usually fry and die in a month or so. This one is an Alaska nasturtium.

Alaska Nasturtium

The gazania I divided from a container and planted in this bed is already blooming again. Love these guys; they take pretty much whatever you throw at them and just keep blooming.


Repotted pink jasmine vine I bought a week or so ago. Looks like it’s doing fine; has a few new buds on it. This smells so yummy when it’s blooming!

Jasmine Vine

Another nasturtium. This one is “Moonlight,” I think.

Nasturtium 'Moonlight'

Of course the Laura Bush petunias are blooming. Once they start, they really don’t stop for a very long time. Even in mid-summer, all you have to do is cut them back, feed them, then wait a few days for more blooms. And they smell wonderful!

Laura Bush Petunias

Mums bloom twice a year down here; in spring and then again in the fall. These two are planted in the whiskey barrel with the night-blooming jasmine. It started getting windy again as I was taking pics; sorry about the blurriness.

Burgundy mum

Yellow mum

Don’t know if the next few pictures exactly qualify, but here they are anyway. The night-blooming jasmine isn’t blooming yet, but is does have buds and will bloom soon. Ditto the zinnia.

Night-blooming Jasmine


And this is, of course, a tomato plant. This one volunteered in my compost pile way back in late January; I’ve babied it along all this time. It even has a baby tomato – looks like a Roma.

Tomato sBlossom

Tomato Blossom

Phew! I think that’s finally it. I was going to post a pic of my new “lasagna” tomato bed, but that can wait till next time. I think enough is enough, already…

April Bloom Day

sb158 | April 15, 2010


We live on a tiny, long. skinny mobile home lot in extreme S. TX. The soil is alkaline concrete clay, unless it rains. Then the soil turns into soggy, sticky, stick-to-your-shoes gunk. I haven’t got the energy to mess with it, so most of my garden is containers. I have a small L-shaped raised bed for veggies, though I grow a bunch of them in containers, too. Not much of a garden, really, but it makes me happy to think I’m a gardener. I’m working on making it prettier as arthritis, time, money, and weather allow.

It’s really windy and cloudy; we’ve had rain showers all week so far. The plants didn’t want to stand still and smile, so the pics might be a bit fuzzy. Here’s what’s in bloom in my yard this month:

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These first three containers are in my side-of-the-stairs container garden.

This container has blue sage, a Blackie sweet potato vine, and yellow lantana.

Tahoka Daisy, alyssum, and Blue Daze convolvulous.

Pink ‘N’ Blue Bachelor Buttons.

Like I said, nothing special, but it’s mine…