How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Spring has finally sprung in New York State. It has been really late this year. Just this past week the leaves have opened, the buds have dropped and sprouts are rising from the ground.

This past week was glorious, so I went out a few days ago and took some pictures of the flowering plants and shrubs in our yard. Above are our shrubs coming to life.

I am pretty sure we are going to lose this shrub though.

Hubby is now onboard with getting rid of the thorned blackberry bush and replacing it with a thornless bush. He bought hunting land, so I suggested he take the thorned bush up to the land to feed the deer. He pointed out that there was an apple orchard next door, and they are probably feasting there. I offered up the blackberry bush as dietary variety.

We shall see what happens in the next few weeks.

There are signs of life all over out front and backyard!

This flowering bush is gorgeous! And, to be honest, I didn’t even know we had it. How sad is that?

So, how does your garden grow? Are you planting one this year? Sticking with a CSA? A flower or herb garden perhaps? What’s happening in your green-world?

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  1. Regardless of the cold weather.. my plants are coming along.. I noticed I have asparagus coming up.. I need to get out there & clean up the asparagus bed a little bit. There is a wild blackberry bush in it that I need to either corral or get rid of too. They’ve always been horribly sour so I’ll probably get rid of it.
    I brought back a really gorgeous rosemary plant from Texas and got it planted this week.. Its looking good..
    Everything is coming to life.. I need to get out there & cut off the flower stalk on my rhubarb too.. My garlic is just kinda sitting there though.. no real growing going on.. guess its waiting for warmer weather.. It should be happy today.. its beautiful out there. I’ve got lots of chard seedlings coming up in the garlic.. I let a chard plant go to seed last year & it blew seeds everywhere..

    I set out a few more tomato seeds in a winter sow bucket on my deck this past week. I probably should have done more but I didnt.. I have more than enough tomatoes & peppers, & broccoli… I need to get some more brussels sprouts started though.. I dont seem to be in any hurry though. 😉 All in good time I guess, even though its time now… I wont be able to get into my garden till close to Memorial Weekend (end of May) so I still have a few more weeks to get some plants up & happy.

    I do need to make some containers and transplant my tomato plants from their starter sponges.. they’re getting big. I’ll do that one day this week…

    • I’ve got strawberry plants I need to plant too.. I’ll do that this week too.. its more than time for that!

    • Kim has your rhubarb come up yet? I want to take a drive for some this weekend if it is out, otherwise we paint a bedroom.


      • Ann, Looks like it is Paint the Bedroom. My rhubarb is all leaves, no stork yet.

        I have done some plantings. I still have to till the newer section but it has been to wet. Hoping to get that done by this weekend. I had left a couple of celery plants in over winter it died but now has new growth. I was surprised by that.

      • Oh Yes Ann.. sorry I didnt answer sooner. The rhubarb is all over the place.. You should start seeing it very soon! I’ve got a couple plants ready for cutting and a couple that arent.

        • Thanks Kim! Wasn’t out this past weekend here (at least not that I saw) … asparagus was everywhere though!


  2. Down here in TN we are well into spring. But I am well into procrastination. My excuse is that the wheat isn’t ready to harvest yet…yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket. I need the seeds for wheat grass for the cats all winter–they love the stuff! Just planted onion sets yesterday.the cabbage I let over winter is 4 ft tall and blooming. One lettuce plant survived all winter under a rose bush and was 2 ft tall until I decided to make a small salad the other day and it’s now half it’s size. This week I may dig up the parts of the garden that don’t have the wheat. And the stick is still growing. I pulled it up and there are no roots. I put it back and realized that being next to the downspout it’s real moist there and not the ideal place for root veggies like I originally planned. Good thing for the stick!

    • Wow Marie! Sounds like, in spite of your procrastination, things are really blooming for you!


      • Yep. The tulips are done and the irises are starting. The cats have spring fever and run out the door for me to catch them (they are indoor cats). Me and one of the cats (Noodle) were watching a lizard on the back porch.

  3. My motto has always been “Be depressed kill a plant”, but I don’t need to be depressed I have a black thumb. My mom was the gardener in the family, from orchids, roses and hibiscus to just about anything. I bought her a miniature rose, sparing no expense I paid $1.99 for it, and she stuck it in the ground, and I do mean stuck because she didn’t want to dig a hole. That was six years ago. That thing is now five feet tall and has the most beautiful orange miniature roses on it. I haven’t managed to kill it yet, but I don’t touch it for fear that Candie Black Thumb will kill it.

    Earlier this year I got into making succulent terrariums and they have come out so beautiful. I went to the thrift stores and for about a dollar each bought any kind of bowl, dish, jar I could find to build these in and they have turned out beautifully. I will try to take a picture of the rose bush and the terrariums that I have left and send it to you Ann. I want to start a windowsill herb garden but I haven’t found the time yet.

    By the way your picture taking abilities have gotten quite wonderful. You are a pro now.

    • That would be great, Candie! I want to make this a regular feature on Ann’s Entitled Life. I am not thrilled with dirt … or bugs … or work, but like your mom I have a super green thumb and stuff grows for me “just because”.


  4. Garden is almost done due to the fact I am almost out of rum. 🙂
    Love it and can’t wait to harvest.

    • What did you plant, Nichele? Will it all be ready at the same time, or did you stagger for different harvest times?


  5. Stephanie B says

    All of my flowers and my tomato and pepper plants are started. Everything else is getting planted this weekend. Broccoli, zucchini, green beans, carrots and pumpkins

    • Sounds like a good sized garden, Stephanie! Pumpkins so early? It takes them that long to grow? I had no idea!


  6. That thornless blackberry sounds great. I may have to look for some of those. Nice pics Ann!

    • Shell it gave a TON of berries last year (year 3, not so much year 2), they were big, juicy and easy to access. If you have a sunny area and can contain the bush, I’d recommend it.


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