Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Garden Update

Seeing my dad's garden photos made me realize that it had been a while since I'd taken some pictures of our garden where things happen so quickly this time of year!
Our beautiful pomegranate bush is still blooming and now carrying quite a bit of fruit - for the first time since we put it in. I'm going to have to collect some recipes to use all of them. If you have any ideas, let me know!
Our fig tree is loaded with small figs and I can't wait for them to get ripe and see several fig tarts in our future...
The blueberry bushes are still small, but already filled with blueberries. Maybe we'll get enough for one pie this year...
Our peppers are growing beautifully,
as are our tomatoes. Some of the little ones are already getting ripe (and are oh so sweet!),
and the bigger ones are still growing.
In the herb department, we have lots of lemon balm (which makes excellent iced tea),
and basil. More than enough, although that is almost not possible!
One of our wild leeks is blooming - such a gorgeous flower.
And our kumquat tree is about to flower prolifically. When it does, the scent of the flowers is intoxicating!
Speaking of flowers, our vitex is in full bloom,
as is the yarrow and the yellow lantana.
Our oleander really suffered in the freezing weather this last winter, but is finally getting going. One flower has already opened.
Our lilies are doing well,
as are the balloon flowers,
our hydrangeas,
and our creeping gardenia.
After I took the above photos and while I was watering, I had two delightful surprises. First I found this little white mushroom in the yarrow,
and a few minutes later, a plump toad kept me company.
It's the little things that make our day, isn't it?


  1. It IS the little things! Thanks for sharing your garden! Everything looks wonderful!

  2. Aaah, the sight of these beauties warm my heart. Nothing more pleasing than a plant with a bloom or fruit. I am lucky, my son has gardening heart and hands. He also planted herbs. He studies the plants and experiments with pollination, germination...Finally something he loves to do and study. Hope all is well with you Silke. You have been busy!!!

  3. oh Silke...exquisite gardens!!! I must say I adore pomegranates...just to look at their form outside and then their luscious jewels inside!

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed the garden tour and am amazed at how big your peppers are already...that's it, I moving farther south.:)

  5. Thanks for sharing your garden photos and the sweet toadstool and toad!!

  6. What a wonderful collection of plants, flowers, fruits and critters you have! Thanks for sharing.

  7. In my next life I want to be a fairy living in your garden, Silke...


  8. Yes, it is. I love the little things you showed us dear gal! Thanks for always spreading such cheer! Blessings.

  9. I love to compare your garden with ours. Your tomatoes are so much farther ahead-you'll be eating them soon you lucky girl.

  10. Your garden is amazing! Look at all that goodness!!! :) I so wish I had fresh figs. I just love them. Thanks for sharing all these goodies! Theresa

  11. What lovely photos of your garden's bounty. What a nice variety of edibles you have - and the toad is just too cute. You can tell the garden is healthy when you find toads in there...