Tuesday, May 4, 2010

the whole universe is here in this garden


i just finished the embroidery on these gloves for a local customer who needed them personalized so as not to have them lost or mixed up among everyone else's gloves at the greenhouse where she works. we were out doing errands so we stopped by to pick the gloves up in person...it was so nice to actually meet a customer! the greenhouse was amazing with all kinds of organic and heirloom varieties so i took the opportunity to get a few odds and ends to round out our little balcony garden—little being the key word. i can't wait for the day when we'll have our own home and can have a big garden...maybe even some stone walls and wooden gate with a big clanky lock so i can pretend i'm mary lennox...

"just like in the story. it's like the whole universe is here in this garden."
—The Secret Garden



we definitely have more than last year now that we aren't right in the middle of the city (can you believe someone stole my plants off our stoop one year..who runs down the street with a big pot of geraniums?!). apart from our cacti and the geranium, i've got an italian heirloom tomato for general gobbling (because they are a bajillion times lovelier than grocery store ones), some romas for canning, a northern pickling cucumber, shallots, lavender, basil, rosemary, thyme, catnip, and spearmint. i still have a few of the plants indoors at night but hopefully by the end of may the danger of frost will be completely past. this will be my first year canning...my mom gave me her pressure cooker with the warning, "just don't blow yourself up katrina lynn." yeeeah, so stay tuned for that!

what are you planting this year?

6 comments:

Christina said...

My husband just planted small flowers in our year. We have a small mulched area for that. He just buys the small flowers like marigolds and is better at remembering to water them than me! :) A friend gave us a pot of growing green bell peppers. If they actually grow, that'd be awesome! In Florida we have sand everywhere instead of dirt, so it's sometimes difficult to keep flowers or plants alive without a lot of work! :P I am not very garden-y though I LOVE the look of one, I just wish I was more into the hard work part.

Jen said...

Why do parents always have to use your full name when they warn you about things? :)

I LOVE the Secret Garden. I actually want to try to get climbing roses going in our back yard this year. We have three little "Garden" areas in our yard, but they were really neglected by the time we moved in, and it's been a constant battle with weeds since then.

DK said...

I planted mostly non-fussy little perennials and a couple of shrubs :) The stars of the bunch are a pair of icelandic poppies and two lemon thyme plants which smell amazing. The veggie garden will have to wait for next year I think.

geschichtenvonkat said...

christina...good luck battling the sand! my mom used to give us a corner of her garden but only if we promised to keep it weeded...ah..haha..that was not always the case but i did learn to love playing in the dirt :)

jen...i don't know! and they still do it now that i'm an adult which is funny to me. the climbing roses sound so gorgeous and romantic...good luck! have you ever been to the Dumbarton Oaks gardens in DC? i used to work there in the library...the gardens are as close the the secret garden as i have ever gotten....totally awe-inspiring and a hidden DC treasure!!

DK...icelandic poppies, wow, those sound neat. and i love the smell of lemon thyme, it's so nice to have fresh herbs on-hand for cooking!

cabin + cub said...

oh, i really really got to get on that gardening! i need to plant stuff!

Artist said...

Last year we planted 8 young fruit trees, this spring they look so strong and healthy. The universe is the garden.