Saturday, May 2, 2020

How the Garden Grows

Hi friends,

If you are here from Skywatch Friday you can find that post here. Otherwise welcome. I'm always glad you have paid a visit and even happier if you are able to leave a comment.

It's been a wet, cold week. I was expecting rain but it turns out to have rained more than I was expecting. Consequently I didn't get out to the community plot. I am so very late this year and I already know there is no more soil or compost left for me from what the garden club orders each year. I haven't been that successful in finding appropriate starter plants either so not only am I a bit late to plant, I will be sowing seeds directly into the ground. I've decided to keep it simple and plant only a few things anyway so it should all work out.

In my little patio garden I've planted some vegetables and some flowers. I've got fewer containers this year and many of my terracotta pots are cracked broken.  I couldn't find replacements pots in the correct size when I looked last week.

We haven't started summer yet and the city has already announced water restrictions which will last until mid-October.  The month April was very dry compared to the norm although we managed to make some of shortfall up in the last week with heavy rains.  Watering can be done 2 days a week from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. Even numbered homes can water on Wednesday and Saturday and odd numbered homes on Thursday and Sunday.  I remember I checked last year about whether the restrictions applied to condos or only to homes with lawns and the answer was the latter. This year it looks like vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees can be watered anytime if done by hand or with a spring loaded nozzle.  This is how I do my watering so it means I will have the flexible to water when I want.

I took the first set of photos in mid-April and the second set  of photos on May 1, 2020.

April 14, 2020

Solomon's Seal

Black Eyed Susan
Unidentified Tree

Two Weeks Later

Black Eyed Susan
Solomon's Seal in bloom

The tree is unfolding new green leaves every day.

The shoots coming up in the photo below were planted about 1 week ago and are now coming up. They are wildflowers and I've never planted them before so we'll see what comes up.  I planted them for the butterflies and birds.

The vegetables are not yet showing any signs of life but hopefully they will spring up soon.

The next photo is of some sunflower shoots. They have taken 1 week to get to this point.

I bought the potted fern last year and it was quite lovely. I let it stay out over the winter and most of the leaves died.
I cleaned it up a few days ago and already there are many new shoots coming up.  If you can the knobby "balls" in the center of the plant those are the new shoots that will unfurl into nice leaves.

I found 4  or 5 very small pots of pansies. I've mixed them in with the petunias.
I do have some pansy seeds and hopefully I might yet start some. Pansies seem to be a hardy little flower and have a long growing season compared to some flowers.

The next two photos just show the sky for the past week or so. Just because I never get tired of sky photos.

Sunrise and a seagull flies overhead
Where I live we are still under strict restrictions until May 15th. At that time or possibly just before we will learn what comes next. We expect some lifting of restrictions as we've been given hints but there will be no larger scale gatherings.
I believe different countries are already seeing restrictions lifted in various ways and means.
We should all remember that the virus is still out there. So please continue to be careful.
Stay safe and stay happy.
This too will pass.


  1. Have been raining here for the past few days. So nice to see new shoots coming out from the ground. Beautiful pansies you have in your garden. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. You are ahead of me in the garden. I got mulch down today and will also get some seeds started in pots. Well done. Thanks for identifying Soloman's seal. I think that's what Rick has and it's lovely.

  3. Rain puts a damper on good gardening but is very necessary later on.

  4. Winter hangs on longer every year.

  5. We've had a mix of sunshine and showers, which the garden has liked :)

    Happy May Wishes

    All the best Jan

  6. Oh, I can't wait to see your patio garden when it's in full bloom! You are doing a great job. Thanks for your visits to Writing Straight from the Heart, too. Love them! Have a peaceful weekend. Susan

  7. We've had very rainy days and somewhat chilly weather but today was cloudy but warm for the first time.

  8. Your flowers and others plants are doing so well! It's wonderful to see things growing again.

  9. Gorgeous sky shots and wonderful garden photos too ^_^

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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