Friday, May 21, 2010

Before and After

Weeding is such a satisfying activity!  My little box beds were full of the weed called devil-in-the-garden and it was crowding out the lettuce that was the rightful occupant.

I planted snow peas along that wire support weeks ago but not a single one did I see. There were, however, quite a few volunteer tomato plants -- I'll take what I can get!



There! That's better. the next step is to thin and spread the lettuce plants out . . . another day.




 It's always pleasant to stagger to the house after a long day in the garden and then look down and gloat over what was accomplished. And lucky me! There are more weeds waiting in the main part of the garden below -- as well as tomatoes, peppers. squash, and cukes to set out, corn and beans to sow . . . 

And, of course, more roses to smell! 
 The yellow rose by the greenhouse door . . .
 
A chorus line in scarlet . . .

And Her Majesty La Reine des Violettes . . .




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22 comments:

Eliane Zimmermann said...

nice to watch your weeding success and feeling my bones, every single one, as i was weeding most of the day yesterday. and both our dog and cat were lying in the open boot of the car having a joined nap! unfortunately it usually is too damp and not warm enough here down at the sea to plant quash, tomatoes and the like, i wish i could. even pumpinks (more for halloween than for eating) don't grow well. i wish i had a paly tunnel...

Victoria said...

Vicki, it looks like you're getting the upper hand...for the moment anyway! Until the garden is put to rest in the Autumn, it's an ongoing battle, isn't it?

Miss Susie Hutchins looks adorable (as usual) in the photo in Thursday's blog post. And the photo of that apricot colored rose is so beautiful it took my breath away!

Martin H. said...

If you start to flag a little, that "..chorus line in scarlet.." should be enough to rejuvenate you!

Pat in east TN said...

What a wonderful difference you made, and I like your raised beds. After years and years of gardening I'm still amazed at how quickly weeds can take over, but it's good therapy to get out and get rid of those suckers!!

Brian Miller said...

cute mini roses...love your garden beds too. ours is starting to come up pretty good and the deer are actually not getting it this year...

June said...

Our vegetable gardens look exactly like your "before" pictures. :-\
There! There's one thing to make me happy that warm weather comes later here . . . I have time before taking on the weedy mess.

NCmountainwoman said...

However do you find the time to maintain such a lovely garden? My physician husband says that if more people would undertake the therapeutic benefits of weeeding there would be less need for medications.

I do love your garden, veggies and flowers.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, Eliane -- my bones, muscles, joints are all aching. A long winter of writing is no preparation for gardening.

Victoria -- Ongoing, indeed! Just now it's marginally possible to keep up but as the summer progresses, there'll be a green tide of weeds and by August I'll be thinking fondly of frost.

Aren't they a charming sight, Martin? Kicking up their heels to the sky!

Mentally, it feels great, Pat. Physically, it has me reaching for the ibuprophen and smiling because it's raining and I can't get out and ween just now.

Brian -- I really enjoy those raised beds -- there's more garden below that's not in beds but long rows for corn and tomatoes and winter squash and such.

June, Oh just wait -- the warm weather's coming!

Mountainwoman -- Time, where does it come from? There's never enough and sometimes I despair of ever catching up. And then I realize that I won't -- but I can go pull the weeds out of the lettuce. I operate on the triage system -- taking care of the worst cases first.

Reader Wil said...

A day in the garden when the sun shines is lovely and rewarding! Your garden looks great!

Joyce said...

Hi Vicki,
Your garden looks beautiful and your weeds look very familiar. My father (from the Winston-Salem area) called it Old Woman's Tongue. I'm not fond of the name, but I'm afraid it has become as firmly implanted in my head as the weed is in my garden.
Allen and I have been enjoying the Foyle's War series, also and we are down to the last in the 5th season. What great news that we have 3 more to look forward to. Now we don't have to ration the last one so carefully.

jennyfreckles said...

Devil-in-the-garden is a wonderful name, not heard that one before. I hate weeding, so you deserve congratulations for all your hard work. The harvest will come...

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Wil! As long as I don;t point the camera in the wrong place, the garden looks pretty good...

Joyce -- Old Woman's Tongue is a new name to me -- love these folk names!

Jennyfreckles -- I like weeding because I do it sitting down and skootching along. And it was a Gorgeous day -- sunny, not too hot.

Merisi said...

Do I see a White Flag down there amongst the garden beds? Remaining weeds ready to parlé?

You did a great job, I am impressed!

joanny said...

Lovely Garden and wonderful raised veggie garden beds. I adore that Rose La Reine des Violettes . . .she is quite the Queen now isn't she. I bet her scent is divine and all the other pretty little roses in your garden cannot forget them. It has been raining so much here in the PNW my rose bushes need to be tied up straight they are so bowed. More weeds in my garden now then veggies-- I wonder if they are edible weeds?
Have a good week end Vicki,
Joanny

dogsmom said...

Weeds are what I grow best!
Good thing there are some lovely flower variety of weeds.
I really enjoy seeing your photos and seeing what a difference a day (of weeding) can make.

Jingle said...

lovely garden,
I admire your patience and relaxzations regarding keeping it cool...
Hope that you have a beautiful Friday!

Star said...

You have been busy in the garden and it all looks wonderful. Isn't this a lovely time of the year.
Sunday is my gardening day.
Have a great weekend.
Blessings, Star

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, no, Merisi, there is no truce. The weeds are massing for attack just beyond the edge of my photos.

Joanny -- I've seen pictures of PNW gardens that remind me of English ones -- all that rain produces a lot of beauty.

Dogsmom -- there are quite a few weeds that I welcome (though not in the lettuce.) Queen Anne's Lace, Joe Pye Weed, goldenrod . . . weeds that are also wildflowers!

And a happy weekend to you, Jingle!

It's a fine time of year, Star!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Yes, weeds can take over a garden when you are not looking. By the end of summer I have made lots of new friends -- my weeds -- they are my constant companions!! barbara

Tipper said...

You've got it looking good! My peas all came up-but Peter Cottontail is making short work of them : )

Cergie said...

It would be good for my daughter to do the same than you because she moved in their house in last october and her garden is rather a meadow. She would like to have first tomatoes and so on, good vegetable in fact.

Vicki Lane said...

By the end of summer, I'm usually praying for frost to come get rid of the weeds, Barbara!

Tipper, I have some snap peas in another bed that are thriving -- if it doesn't get too hot before they produce.

Cergie - If I could only plant one thing to eat, it would be tomatoes!