Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

May 29, 2011

What a Week for the Garden

Remember what my garden space looked like a couple weeks ago after I cleaned it out?


I spent yesterday from about 9 am until about 5pm (with a break for lunch) weeding (yes, they did manage to invade after all the rain we’ve had), raking, digging and planting.  It was probably one of the warmest and most humid days we’ve had so far this spring (86 degrees F), but I finished planting all my veggies:

planted garden.

It doesn’t look like much right now, but there are 18 tomatoes, 33 peppers (varieties of both bell and hot), 12 zucchini, 6 yellow summer squash and 12 cucumber.  I hope I haven’t overplanted my garden space this year!  I started putting down some landscape fabric too (you can see that along the foundation of the house where the tomatoes are planted) in an attempt to keep weeds down a bit this year.  I got too hot to finish that job; the black fabric just seemed to be throwing extra heat my way.

In addition to the veggie garden, my flower gardens have had some beautiful blooms this week too.  Rhododendrons, woodland hyacinth, bearded iris and just this morning, poppies have all opened up.  Do I have pictures for you? Of course!  I even spent sometime with my extension tubes and tripod.

Woodland hyacinth

These are woodland hyacinth.  They are not a large, showy flower.  Those little bells are about 3/4 of an inch.  The plants themselves are only about 6-7 inches tall.  I thought they might make a nice extension tube subject, but my tripod,  of course doesn’t go that low and resting the camera on the ground would be too low.  So, I got down on my belly and parked my elbows on the ground as I held the camera.  Here’s the best shot I got:

woodland hyacinth

The rhododendron is in full blown bloom now:


and so are my beloved bearded irises:

 bearded iris

bearded iris 2

bearded iris 3

Of course I played with the extension tubes on these also:

bearded iris

bearded iris

bearded iris 2

The bright orange poppy got in on the act this morning:
crazy poppy

My crazy poppy!  I must admit the light was just right for this shot this morning, and it has its own beauty, but it does look a little crazy where it is planted – take a look:
poppy with iris

Right next to the delicate irises.  Oh well! They are here to stay.

I just love this time of year.  Don’t you?


  1. Gorgeous colors!! Nice work with the extension tube! 😉

    Comment by Photo By Holly — May 29, 2011 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks Holly. I don’t quite understand how and why extension tubes work – there’s no glass or optics of any kind in them – but I like what they allow you to do.

    Comment by Karma — May 30, 2011 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  3. That is going to be some great garden once everything gets growing. Can’t wait to see it as the summer goes along.

    Beautiful flowers, all of them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woodland hyacinth before. It’s wonderful. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — May 30, 2011 @ 11:08 am | Reply

    • It could be a great garden! I will try very hard to keep those weeds down!
      Thank you!
      The woodland hyacinth came from a “collection” I ordered years and years ago from the Breck’s catalog, in the early years of my marriage.

      Comment by Karma — May 30, 2011 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  4. Félicitations! Tu as fait un travail extraordinaire 🙂 pas mal au dos ? Le landscape fabric est une bonne idée, moi aussi je l´utilise. Ton jardin fleuri est un vrai plaisir á regarder. Bonne chance avec toutes tes plantations.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — May 30, 2011 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

    • Merci Isa! J’ai un petit peu mal au dos, mai je suis d’accord!

      Comment by Karma — May 30, 2011 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  5. Well haven’t you been busy… and all worth while too on the flower front… D’ya fancy popping round and casting your magic wand over my garden… You’ll definitely appreciate it, as I can almost guarantee it will be a lot cooler… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — May 30, 2011 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

    • Yes, I have been quite busy – hasn’t felt much like a holiday weekend here, except for the fact that I didn’t have to go to work today.
      I will try to cast my magic-green-thumb-fairy wand across the Atlantic… 🙂

      Comment by Karma — May 30, 2011 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  6. This is my FAVORITE time of the year, so optimistic, before garden bugs, drought, monsoons and weeds wear you down. I’m in the process of weeding myself, we are a bit behind you, my poppies haven’t popped yet.

    Comment by Dawn — May 30, 2011 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    • I’m honestly surprised to see my poppy popping! I didn’t think it usually popped til some time in June, but my poppy is crazy so who knows? 😉

      Comment by Karma — May 30, 2011 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  7. Now you just have to wait for all those veggies to grow…
    Beautiful flowers! I have some cannas left, that Greg didn’t mow down, but no flowers yet. But, my prickly pear cactus is blooming! Maybe I’ll go fight the mosquitoes and get a few shots.

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 31, 2011 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  8. Every single year, the transformation our N.E. landscapes go through simply astounds me. Long forgotten are the cold, snow-covered days as we revel in the warm sunshine. Happy gardening! (We planted our veggie garden, too!)

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 31, 2011 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  9. Love the poppy, Karen. I so wanted to plant one this year but time got away from me. 18 maters!? Wow! Will you can some?

    Comment by Becky Sue — June 15, 2011 @ 8:59 am | Reply

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