The Shady Porch: A Garden Stroll: Flowers and Vegetables

8.12.2014

A Garden Stroll: Flowers and Vegetables

It's been awhile since we've strolled around the Shady Porch and talked about the gardens. We continue to add to the flower gardens, and we've been experimenting with the vegetable garden, as well...both with seed selection and water and drainage issues. I'll show you how things turned out this year so you can see for yourself our hits and misses.

Garden Time: Flowers and Vegetables


I love the explosion of colors from all of the various blooms. When we first moved here, I toyed with the idea of a two-color garden plan but every time I opened a garden catalog, visited a friend that gardened, or went to a garden center, I fell in love regardless of the bloom color and now I have a crayon box of colors all around the property. I can look out any window of our home and see these various beauties. How blessed and thankful am I...very!

Cornflower
Cornflower 

There are butterflies everywhere....this one likes the zinnias
There are butterflies everywhere....this one likes the zinnias
Daylilies
Daylilies
Calendula
Calendula

Green Envy Coneflower
Green Envy Coneflower

Dahlia
A new addition this year....Dahlia

Moss Roses in a hanging basket
Moss Roses in a hanging basket (another new addition)
This beauty popped up where we planted sunflower seeds and  I have been unable to identify it...
This beauty popped up where we planted sunflower seeds and
I have been unable to identify it...help me out if you can!
Zinnia Magellan
Zinnia Magellan
Unidentified Pink Flower and  Aztec Marigold aka ‘Crackerjack’
 Unidentified Pink Flower and
Aztec Marigold aka ‘Crackerjack’

Red Rose
Red Rose
Sunflower
Sunflower
Gladiolus
Gladiolus

Black-eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susan
 Southern Daisy Fleabane
 Southern Daisy Fleabane

Zinnia Magellan
Zinnia Magellan

And now for a look at the vegetable garden.....
The cauliflower and broccoli bolted this year during a stretch of 90+ degree weather. I recently read that hot weather does not cause the bolting but hot soil does and had we known, we could have prevented it by adding a thick layer of mulch in addition to the extra watering.  Lesson learned.
We have enjoyed a harvest of strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, beans (half-runner and Ky pole beans), and onions. We're looking forward to seeing how our first pumpkin fares and hoping our watermelon will survive as well.


Strawberries
Strawberries

Lettuce and beans
Lettuce and beans
Lettuce - Buttercrunch
Lettuce - Buttercrunch

Cucumbers - Straight Eight
Cucumbers - Straight Eight
Deer...#1 enemy/ fan of the garden...
Deer...#1 enemy fan of the garden...
Pumpkin turning orange
Pumpkin turning orange
another view point of the garden
Another view point of our slopped vegetable garden...we use rain barrels to help us keep it watered and we've added drainage pipes to direct the rain water as well. It is a work in progress...always.
Watermelon - Crimson Sweet
Watermelon - Crimson Sweet
I would love to hear about your gardens! As gardeners, there are always trials and triumphs. I would love for you to share them and any tips you may have so we can learn from each other! 
Happy gardening!

http://www.theshadyporch.com/2013/06/10-garden-harvest-recipesfresh-is-best.html
Here's a collection of some of 



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