This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

garden blogger's bloom day

On the 15th of each month (GBBD) many gardeners post photos of what's blooming in their garden. I usually forget but remembered this month. - of all times(!) Temps are single digits, newscasters are warning not to go out. And nothing's blooming out there anyway. The only thing left in my vegetable garden is a patch of kale. Everything's under a foot of snow.

So I'm posting flowers I photographed from last year's garden. This, as I stay warm and order next year's flower seeds.

flowers

These are vegetable flowers, companions, or flowers I grow to attract bees.

The big sunflower was 15 inches across. Its a variety called Lyng's Greystripe from Johnny's. Its the biggest variety I can find and I'll grow this one again this year. I grew anise hyssop from seed last year for the bees. This perennial did well and I think I'll grow some lavender and hollyhocks this year.

And I'll grow the basic vegetable companions, nasturtiums, marigolds and zinnias again. I'll order several varieties of marigolds. Big ones to mix with my potatoes and small ones with the root vegetables. I'd like to grow Tiger Eyes and Burpee's new giant French marigold, FireBall. Nasturtiums go with my squashes. I like the dark orange I had this year, but will add other colors this year. Probably Johnny's Night and Day mix and Peach Melba. The zinnias attract the bees and add color. I can't decide whether to get only bright purple or the mix. Decisions, decisions....

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18 Comments:

Blogger Stewart said...

The colour of your photos is so rich and vibrant, what kind of camera do you use?
Cheers
Stewart

January 14, 2009 9:46 PM

 
Blogger DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Such beauties! You've inspired me to maybe post my own blooms on the 15th- how does it all work? Maybe I'll start next month, I'm sure everyone doesn't need to see the one bloom of the pansy in the greenhouse...again! :)

January 14, 2009 11:58 PM

 
Blogger Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Kathy lovely collage, I made one over what I'm going to plant and you made one over what you already have planted. It gives you a great general view doesn't it. Great work.
Have you started with your seed?

Take care

TYRA

January 15, 2009 2:20 AM

 
Blogger Daphne said...

Beautiful flowers. Maybe next month I'll have to try a flower retrospective from last year. I'm sure in February we won't have flowers here either.

January 15, 2009 7:43 AM

 
Blogger Salix said...

Yes, even veggies have lovely blooms. That's very beautiful, Kathy.

January 15, 2009 9:26 AM

 
Anonymous Nikki Smith said...

Hi Skippy,

I really enjoy reading about your blog and refer to it somewhat often in my own garden blog.

Have you been by Gardens 'n' Gardening? http://www.whgmag.com/151-nikki/

I'm the editor at Washington Home & Garden and was hoping to get in touch with you to see how we can work together as garden bloggers. You can reach me from the website.
http://www.whgmag.com/151-nikki/

Thanks! :)

January 15, 2009 9:44 AM

 
Anonymous Nikki Smith said...

PS. Not reading about your blog, just reading your blog. :-/

January 15, 2009 9:46 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

HI Nikki, I'll head right over and check yours out. Thanks.

Carol's blog a May Dreams Gardens has all the info on GBBD. Just post your blooms and leave her a comment on her bloom day post. I think she links to everyone one her page. Its very fun.

Stewart, I use a Canon Digital SLR Rebel XTi. I love it. Its a good size and weight for my hand, very sturdy and great photos. I have an all purpose portrait-zoom lens and a nice macro lens. I take the camera everywhere with me. Plus I almost always "correct" my photos with Photoshop.

Tyra, I'm looking forward to checking your collage soon. I'll start planting March 5 (48 days - but who's counting). Then again, maybe I won't be able to wait so long and will move the date up.

January 15, 2009 1:35 PM

 
Blogger Matron said...

So wonderful to be able to review what you were growing last Summer, particularly now when it is drab and gray. I am going to be concentrating on flowers to attract the bees this Summer - they need all the help they can get!

January 15, 2009 2:01 PM

 
Blogger Stewart said...

Thanks for the info on the camera Kathy and Skippy, I've looked it up and it looks like good camera, if I'm a good boy all year Santa might bring me one for Christmas :-)

January 15, 2009 7:03 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Good luck Stewart. Thanks sounds like an awfully long time to be good...

By the way your photos look super. I linked to your blog so I can keep up with you.

January 15, 2009 7:29 PM

 
Blogger The Conservative Gardener said...

Talked to my Aunt back home in Montague, MA and she said it was going to be -5 tonight! The thing is......I miss it! It's going to be 25 here in Ocala, FL tomorrow & I wish it would stay that way for a while. (Although I probably wouldn't have a winter garden too long!)

January 15, 2009 7:54 PM

 
Blogger Jessica said...

Such beautiful pictures! Just what I needed on this freezing cold day!

P.S. I'd go with the mix. I love not knowing what color the flowers will be until they finally open up. I love the drama and the surprise! Maybe I am a total geek, but I love to check on them every day... "Oo wait, I see pink! No it's purple!!"

Hope you stay warm!

January 15, 2009 8:44 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

At the last minute I went ahead and ordered just the purple zinnias. How can anyone have one favorite color zinnia? You're right about the excitement of watching for the color. But I did order the nasturtium mix.

January 15, 2009 11:17 PM

 
Blogger Linda said...

I love garden blogger bloom day. Lovely post.

January 16, 2009 4:11 AM

 
Blogger Carol said...

Those are great pictures. I'm working to add more flowers to my vegetable garden, too. I think I might try that gigantic sunflower for fun.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

January 17, 2009 12:30 PM

 
Blogger Jean said...

Gorgeous flower pics and a real treat for the eyes!

January 17, 2009 2:17 PM

 
Blogger aliceb said...

Pictures like this make me mad at the hungry snails we have in the Bay Area! Beautiful happy blooms.

January 18, 2009 8:07 PM

 

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