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Heather's Garden
CT shoreline
I'm a married gardener in zone 6b. I live on the 1st floor of a 2-story rental house with my very patient husband (VPH) and my younger step-son (SS2). We are in our fourth year of gardening so we're no longer novices, but we still have a lot to learn.
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I get a lot of emails asking why I have so many containers. Or where did I get the beautiful containers and why do I have so many? I'll get to that, but first, let's follow my Sunday foray into... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Heather's Garden
Kim -- I love that mental image! D -- Thanks, I am happy to be back in my garden again!
Toggle Commented May 17, 2012 on Happy Mother's Day at Heather's Garden
Mom -- I talk to you all the time. You miss my photos, not me! Katie -- It's not a bad thing in the slightest, just made me a little crazy because I'd been hearing how awful the job market is, but knock wood I didn't have that experience at all. I actually got the first job that I applied to and withdrew myself from the application process at the other two places where I interviewed when I was offered that first one.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2012 on There Will Be A Garden at Heather's Garden
Mom -- You know you're the biggest fan of the blog! Katie -- It was such a satisfying day!
Toggle Commented May 14, 2012 on Happy Mother's Day at Heather's Garden
You may not remember, but this blog came about because I needed a way to show my mom everything I was doing in the garden. All these years later she still hasn't seen the garden in person! She's the only... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at Heather's Garden
There hasn't been a whole lot of gardening going on around here still formerly Hurricane Irene hit at the end of the summer. We pretty much packed away the garden and didn't look back. We were very lucky that we... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2012 at Heather's Garden
Only five years? It seems like I've known you for much longer!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2012 on Five Years and Counting at Ledge and Gardens
I think 2011 was the second year of the butterfly house. It is seasonal as well, opening in April again this year, closing in October. I hope I have a chance to visit again. Such a lovely place.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2012 on Happy New Year! at Heather's Garden
Will 2012 bring a renewed interest in posting for me? Unknown, but I can share this year's calendar with you. As I began to review 2011's images an obvious theme emerged -- butterflies. Well to be exact 10 butterflies, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Heather's Garden
My mother has been begging me to post, "People are probably worried about you." And I just got an email from an on-line friend asking if I was okay. I am, but this fall took a lot out of me.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Heather's Garden
How is it possible that I haven't posted since August? Post Irene we've really just ignored the garden, but I have a good excuse. I'm co-chairing a fundraising event for my local library. Please check out the website (I designed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Heather's Garden
We just got power back today, 7 days, 11 hours in "the dark." I had lots of catfacing on my tomatoes this year, thanks for letting me know what it was called and how it happened.
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2011 on Irene at Ledge and Gardens
Katie -- Thanks, we just went back on at 5:00pm today (Sunday). So that was 7 days, 11 hours for those who were counting. Mom -- I don't think I could take another hurricane. Jan -- Just came out of it with a couple of issues like the fractured relationship with a neighbor over generator noise and hurt feelings. Hopefully it will pass. Dawn -- We just came back on today (7 days, 11 hours out). If I had anything that I cared about enough to save, I would have tried to find someone with power to keep it for me. However, it was a little bit more complicated down here since Branford, Guilford, and Madison were 100% out. We didn't have too many resources beyond that. Our town was also giving out ice and water, but they asked that those of us with the resources to get to a store and buy them do so and leave the limited number of supplies to those without that ability. Interesting experience...yes, fun
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2011 on Feeling Lucky at Heather's Garden
Irene has been a major pain in the you know what, but basically we came through untouched. One large limb down (which Lee got down to bare wood on Monday): And a tree that fell into our neighbor's yard (but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Heather's Garden
Mom -- Well our neighbors have power and we now have an extension cord to their house powering our internet, tv, phones, and computers, so I guess Tuesday sort of. The shoreline is kind of a battlefied. I will do a post with some of the stuff I photographed after the storm. Commonweeder -- I've heard about the insane flooding that's going on in northern New England. Some of my work colleagues in NH can't get to the office from their homes because bridges are out.
We came through Irene just fine. A tree down, but it fell in neigbhor's yard. No damage to house or garden, but like the rest of Branford, no power. Luckily a good friend in North Branford still has power so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Heather's Garden
Well, I really wanted to go, but Lee convinced me to stay put, thus giving me plenty of fuel for I told you sos later on. Yes, mom, the storm has lost some intensity, but Goeff Fox is saying comparable or worse damage due to more rain with this storm. We'll see. I'll probably do a post on our storm prepped garden before we lose power!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2011 on Should We Stay Or Should We Go? at Heather's Garden
Hey everyone, first we're alive and well, just very busy and not really gardening much. But here's something I wrote for my local Patch and thought I'd share here too. Tomorrow morning we'll be preparing the garden for Irene. Not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Heather's Garden
Sage Butterfly -- Thank you, our veggies have been delicious. Mom -- My tomatoes are pretty darn ugly too, but they keep giving fruit! Paul -- I had ornamental edible peppers pop up all over the garden for 2 years after growing them, but last year they were very slow to develop and I don't think they actually got to seed because I haven't seen any this year. Aren't bonus plants fun?
Rhonda -- Our first year growing kale and we quite like it! Bernieh -- I like the coleus flower spikes too, but they tend to get leggy if I let them bloom. HB -- I keep waiting for a cooler day that's not muggy and overcast (cue the swarm of mosquitoes), but it hasn't come, or if it has, I've been stuck in the office that day! Kim -- I know, I laughed too. I'm sure I planted the right nasturtiums in the right pots, but I guess they had a mind of their own. Definitely a banner year for basil in our garden. Larry -- Thanks! Lee -- Thanks, happy GBBD to you too! Christine -- It is nice to finally have blooms on those darn zinnias. Bom -- It's a great year for basil...not so much for some other plants though.
Wendy -- Everyone enjoyed it, even the picky 4 year old son of my friend. Mom -- Thanks, but I'm not overly fond of sweet potatoes, but it's going to be a good long time until we see you next, which leads to the no on the peanuts.
Layanee -- That's no help! Yes, I love harvest time the most. Literally having more fresh produce than we can eat is nice problem to have. Nadia -- Thanks, I'm leaning that way too.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2011 on Harvest Photo? at Heather's Garden
Carol's been hosting GBBD for ages over at May Dreams Garden, and now I'm a monthly participant after years of observing. I have to admit I've rather been ignoring the garden other than to pop out and harvest veggies. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Heather's Garden
Of course I plant tomatoes! Only I plant starts from the nursery because despite trying I have yet to successfully grow a tomato on a plant from seed. And I can plant a little earlier than you here on the shore, I think around May 15th they go outside. Yes, they're ready and coming in fast and furious! So far the winner this year for taste, looks, and amount of fruit is a new one to us -- Lillian's Gold. The black varieties are still the tastiest, but they're a little more finicky to grow.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2011 on Tomatoes' Promise at Ledge and Gardens
One of my high school friends wrote that on my FB status over the weekend. The status in question referred to the Swiss Chard salad I attempted on Sunday. It looked great boiling in the pot: The recipe said boil... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at Heather's Garden