Last year I bought a white azalea at one of the stores in town. I planted it next to the fern and white calla lilies growing behind the front yard gate. There was a small pink azalea that was planted in a rock area with not much else growing. I transplanted the pink azalea next to the white azalea. The flowers are different shapes and both are starting to bloom heavily even with the rainy March weather. There are a number of white calla lilies blooming throughout the backyard area. Many are located directly under the holly trees in the shady area. The lilac in the backyard is starting to produce leaves and blossoms but no blooms yet. The kiwi vines were cut back in early spring. I really don't know much about taking care of kiwi vines yet, but they certainly are growing big leaves already after their spring trim, so far so good. This last weekend I potted up a start from a fuchsia I had growing in a hanging basket I potted up last year. Like the other hanging baskets I added some hanging blue lobelia to the new fuchsia basket. I'd better get started taking cuttings from my fuchsias so I can add more to my garden.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
The coastal air is really wonderful and a great place to grow some of my favorites such as rhododendrens, fuchsias and ferns. The first few months of gardening the spring rains kept me from getting very much gardening done. Good thing I like the rain because there's plenty of it in Humboldt county. I've discovered here that any sunny day that arrives on the weekend before summer is your opportunity to dive into gardening before the rain starts up again.
Walking up to our house the first thing you notice about our front yard garden is the white trellis with a pyramid shape at the top of the structure. Green hedges sit at either side of the trellis. The large home built white trellis has purple passion flower vines growing up through it. The many blooms in summer on the vines are gorgeous. I'm very surprised the passionflower vines do so well in this coastal climate. I have discovered over time the trellis boxes also have pink jasmine planted in each of the trellis boxes. The previous home owner loved pink jasmine, it is growing up the side of the deck in the back yard and up another tall trellis that is part of the deck. I love jasmine too but this variety likes to send out a huge amount of runners. I have to cut them back a few times during the year. The jasmine are not so easy to train up the wooden stakes I placed inside the trellis but I'm doing my best to get the runners to go upward. They have a tendency to flop out and hang from the white criss-cross boards of the trellis.
There are also two large passion vine growing over the front fence, part of which hangs into our backyard. These vines do not flower very much. Since I'm learning along the way about what to do with passionflower vines I decided a good trim in early spring is needed since the plant gets huge by summer. I'm hoping cutting it back will help cut back on the number of seedlings dropped by the vines into the front lawn.
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I moved to Eureka with gardening in mind. Ever since I first lived in my own home I had always wanted a large garden area in order to create a scene of beautiful flowers and plants and here I am with that very garden at my new home. Our first home was a tract home with adobe soil and not the best layout for gardening. It was always a struggle to grow plants between the hot weather and the adobe soil. Our new Victorian home is on the historic registry of Eureka, California. It is already very exciting to have a Victorian home but to have such great garden structure to work from is pretty exciting to say the least. I hope to include some garden photos along the way to show plantings of my garden.