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This week in the garden

 

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Above are the very last of the tomatoes. The tomato plants were pulled out, the soil was turned and garlic bulbs were planted (Spanish Rojo & Inchelium Red). The gourds were harvested  and the last of the herbs were picked to dry and store. There are a few flowers still surviving in the yard. I collected enough dahlias, roses and hydrangeas to put together a nice fall bouquet. There is still some clean up to do in the yard to prepare it for winter. Over the winter I will be planning for next season’s yard projects, reading seed catalogs in the bathtub and putting a “garden year in review” post together. I will miss my yard for the cold months but look forward to a winter of  good books, good movies and soup. Lots of soup.

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Around the Yard: understory update

The other day I was out in the yard admiring the back-lighting on the plants under the right fir tree.  1.5 years ago this are was barren — it has been satisfying to experiment with new plants and watch this spot grow in.

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Two years ago I started transplanting neglected ferns from other parts of the yard to this area and slowly I have added hostas, epimedium, more ferns, Heuchera, spiderwort, hellebores, trillium and crocus. Back in February of 2013 the Right Fir understory looked like this:
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Over the past couple of months a few of the tiny, new ferns have put on some impressive growth.
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The third fern from the top is is a crested male fern “Crispa Cristata” – not sure about the two above that. Need to get better at documenting these things…that is what the blog is for, right? Not sure what that plant is directly above — I thought it was a baby fern at first but…not so sure.  Below are some shots from the fir tree on the other side of yard. I recently expanded the planting beds here and all the transplants are still quite small. New plantings in this area include blood grass, bishops weed, variegated St. John’s wort, Mahonia aquifolium, along with the existing rose campion — basically a hodgepodge of aggressive spreaders. Anchoring this area are a small hardy fuschia, ostrich fern and a arching Japanese holly fern I picked up at the HSPO sale. Also – the ugly pottery collection is clustered under this tree next to the new-ish Fatshedera ‘Gold Heart’ planted this past spring.

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This week in the edible garden 1

Check out this pretty tomato:

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Ugh! Dammit! Brown on the bottom, mealy on the inside. Thankfully that is not true for all of the tomatoes – just most of the big ones
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Still harvesting greenbeans and I’ve had success ripening some of the larger tomatoes indoors in a brown paper bag with apple peel.
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Pumpkin is big and getting its orange! The vine, however, looks like it is dying and getting moldy – I need to read up on this situation.
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This week in the edible garden

20140728-090205-32525842.jpg Harvesting: Green beans, summer squash, herbs, kale, chard Planting: Nada Growing: tomatoes, green beans, beets, cucumber (tiny cukes this week – see above), zucchini, summer squash, pumpkin, chard, kale, grapes, blueberries, sweet peas, herbs of all sorts Gave up on:  Nothing this week – the garden seems to be in a happy place. 20140728-090229-32549112.jpg   Above – Pumpkin! It is putting on rapid growth – I need to put some netting up before I lose it to crows. This week is also my first harvest of green beans. 20140728-090227-32547014.jpg 20140728-090228-32548074.jpg   20140728-090259-32579700.jpg 20140728-090353-32633331.jpg 20140728-090352-32632423.jpg 20140728-090352-32632003.jpg 20140729-093210-34330267.jpg
Yes!!!! I see some reddening happening on that tomato! Speaking of which – the tomatoes are out of control but last night I checked out our friend, Sarah’s, tomato trellis system and I have some ideas for next year. I should have taken a photo – below is our tomato tangle. The scale is off but the plants on the right  are nearing 7ft tall. 20140729-093211-34331008.jpg 20140729-093209-34329423.jpg   One last pumpkin shot with my shoe for size reference.

This week in the edible garden

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Harvesting: Potatoes, lettuce, herbs, baby chard,  carrots, the last of the shelling peas.
Planting: Nothing this week
Growing: tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, lettuce, grapes, zucchini, fall squash, cucumbers, beets, carrots, strawberries, chard, sweet peas, arugula, herbs of all sorts
Gave up on:  The shelling peas – short season this year and a very low yield. We tried a new variety this year (need to confirm the type) and it did NOT do well in the garden.
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Nice crop of volunteer potatoes this year.  The potato above might have been left in the ground a wee bit too long. Carrots are loving the new raised beds – this is the best crop yet.
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Above — Clearly there was no  tomato pruning regimen — whoops. Below is the volunteer pumpkin vine with green beans and grapes in the background
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The green beans and gourds both flowered this week.
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Summer squash above and the garden haul below. We had a great garden feast on Sunday – Roasted carrots with honey-thyme butter, green salad, roasted rosemary potatoes and minted peas — all from the garden!
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This week in the yard

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This week’s yard update is flower-heavy. Above – the first of the poppies arrived – a very colorful round up. This week also brought the very first sunflower:
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Above a lily I purchased at the 2013 HPSO sale from Judith Freeman of  The Lily Garden –  I don’t recall the name. Below is a bouquet I rounded up from the backyard:
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Hike > Angels’ Rest

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Saturday was a beautiful day to head up to  Angels’  Rest in the Columbia Gorge.  The 5mile RT trail was busy in the morning but so beautiful with lots of wild flowers in bloom.
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Around the yard

Some views of the yard from the deck…Below is the left fir with the expanded planting bed followed by a wide-shot of the veggie garden and a pic of the right fir tree with the experimental understory.
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The peonies are sweet and fluffy with a subtle odor that seems camphor-ish?….it smells like the ointment used for diaper rash. But not in a bad way.
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Below is the new Fatshedera Lizei not sure what this thing will end up doing…it is not quite a shrub and not quite a vine from what google says. Maybe it will be trained to grow up one of the old lilac trunks nearby.
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Some gladiolus are on the rise — couldn’t resist the bulk pack  of bulbs at the box store.
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Too many pictures of this arrangement but the rose campion is making me happy with the fushia blooms even though it is still plotting to take over the yard.
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This week in the edible garden

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The rogue potatoes are flowering above and below the shelling peas have put on some nice growth – the vines are nearly a foot tall now.
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The bed to the left below was planted with the first of the green beans (bush variety Jade II and ??)
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Still haven’t put up the grade trellis but the vines are filling out – they even have tiny grapes forming! This year I will remove the fruit before it matures and concentrate on training the vines for a healthy first harvest next year. Here is a picture of when the grapes where first transplanted in March 2013 – It seems like they have been here longer.
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Tomatoes above and lettuce below … all making slow but noticeable progress. Not sure if the red mulch is helping much. I added a tomato to a different bed without the red mulch and it seems to be growing faster (?!)
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I found a sprouted beet in the compost bin
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So I broke off the starts and planted it…an experiment
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The blueberry bushes have never really thrived in the garden – they were planted in March 2013 and are still a year out from producing (hopefully) fruit. The blueberry below is Brigitta.
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Below is a hodgepodge area – oregano, a dahlia and some over-crowed poppies:
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The Rhodies are in full blow and provide a nice backdrop for the edible garden – I like the freckles on this one:
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Wednesday Ramble

Wednesday’s ramble route started in the Hawthorne District, went up and over Mt. Tabor and ended up at Beer Bunker in Montavilla for pints. About 1.5 hours and 3.3 (leisurely!) miles in total.  I liked these two front yard combos – still collecting ideas for the parking strips:

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The roses above remind me of the “Joseph’s Coat”  rose I am thinking about planting in the garden nook.  There are tons of flowers in bloom – the walk smelled good and was so colorful:
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Check out this flower….
 
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It is on a tulip tree (Yellow Poplar) Liriodendron tulipfera….
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A giant tulip tree with a tree swing in front of a pink house! I love this part of town.
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I would be nervous if this was my neighbor below – notice the running bamboo coming up through the lawn… yikes
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I do have a slight fascination with pollarded trees and pollarded catalpa in particular – which I think this is below. Hmmm…maybe in some future yard.
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