It was another busy two weeks in the garden for us. The spring weather has been gorgeous for getting yard work done. The highs have been in the mid-upper 70s with cool winds. Absolutely perfect!
We’ve been meaning to get the flower beds mulched again, but for one reason or another, it just wasn’t happening. Finally, two days before Ryan’s banana birthday party, Justin went to the store to get the mulch so we could have it laid and looking nice before having a bunch of guests over. Of course, the color mulch we wanted was out, so he had to get something different. We’ve always done the red/brown mix, but this year had to go with black mulch. I wasn’t sure how it would look, but now that it’s down I really like it.
I don’t have any pictures of the mulch or laying it because I was inside getting a few things in the house ready before my mom came into town and we had the party. But you can see it in all the photos for this week. The mulch makes such a difference in the look of the yard, and also helps to cover up a lot of the dead branches that were still in the ground.
This past weekend, we went to the Houston Garden Center Saturday morning for a few things. After changing out all the bushes in the front beds, we needed a few more to fill in a couple spots. We had no idea what the plants were, so I took a few photos and the staff was able to help us figure it out. Turns out the new bushes are called Sweet Viburnum plants. We bought those, as well as two hanging plants that are called Ipomoea Goldie or Sweet Potato Vine to go on the front porch, and a pack of Basil seeds since mine died.
Justin had cleaned out the old herb garden to use as planters for the boys to grow their own gardens. They planted a few pepper seeds, squash seeds, and tomato starters. I know those won’t all grow well together, but they are leftover plants and the boys are excited to see what grows. We decided that they can have their own garden areas so they can water them and take care of the plants themselves without possibly killing something in the “family garden”.
In the vegetable garden, we have the mint growing in fast again. We lost some of it during the winter, but it is bouncing back without any issues. There are also a few of the onions that we planted weeks ago starting to show through the mulch now as well, along with a few sprouts of the spinach, arugula, and romaine lettuce.
I had plenty of bell pepper seeds from peppers that we either pulled from the garden last year or bought at the store. I didn’t keep the different colors separate, so they are all planted together. Since the tomatoes never seemed to grow in the corner of the vegetable garden, we decided to try the peppers in there this year.
The monkey grass, asiatic lilies, ginger plants, canna lilies, and banana trees are all doing great. So far, the canna’s are the only plant that is starting to flower, and it’s only on one, but that tells me that we will soon have a lot of color in the backyard!
Our blackberry bush seems to come and go every time I look at it. Right now, it looks like it is growing well with quite a few patches of leaves on the branches. I transplanted the last of our aloe plant to the base of the orange tree because it was not doing well in its original pot. We also went ahead and planted some squash and zucchini in the last planter that we tried to grow strawberries and pineapple in last year (both died in the freezes this winter). Last year the squash and zucchini didn’t have enough space, so hopefully, this is enough now.
The herbs are doing ok inside so far. The basil had completely died, so I bought a pack of seeds to put in there, and after only a few days it is already starting to grow!