These are the firsts of the back garden. I live in a small space. The frontscape was completely ripped out last year and refitted, sans grass. I’ve blogged on it frequently. Just throw “men with tools and machinery”  or “wee paver project” into the search bar. You’re good to go.

The back garden is tiny and L shaped. There have been many variations on a back garden theme, but the current one accommodates Gracie Allen Golden Pup. Translation: Perennials hug the fence. Grass is Golden friendly. Experimental farming is done mostly in containers.

It’s just better that way. Trust me.

First Blue False Indigo blossoms. This is my, hands down, favorite perennial.

This is the Nearly Wild Rose shrub rose. We have two of them. This first blossom popped yesterday, along with an aphid or twenty. These are disease and bug resistant roses. If you know of a gentle way to get rid of aphids — short of whacking the rose at the root — please leave a comment below.

The first peony blossom. It’s almost there. I love that color. We planted a Bowl of Beauty Peony in the frontscape, but it is just showing a hint of bud color.

Strawberry! This is my first attempt at container gardening strawberry plants. This pot is resting on inverted garden pot for more height. So far, so good.

First tomato blossom! This is an heirloom tomato — golden yellow — enjoying the container life, snugged up against the corner of the house. It must be getting just the right amount of sunlight. There’s a trellis close by, just in case it becomes an heirloom tomato gone wild. You know. Something that needs a cape…or a force field.

My first attempt at spinach. You’ve already seen my first attempt at kale. Wahoo!

I’ve had big gardens and small gardens. But I’ve never had a wee garden. It’s a work in progress. Always.

And that’s how my garden is rocking Thursday.

Back to work. #amwriting

3 thoughts on “Firsts…

  1. Lovely peony! They are one of my favorite flowers.

    As for the aphids…I hate those little buggers. I’m an organic gardener so I’ve always used insecticidal soap (often available in garden centers now, directions are on the bottle) or neem oil. Neither of these options will kill them all on contact. They will suffocate many of them, but you’ll need to apply more than once and they’ll die and stop reproducing over a period of a few days to a week. If you use neem oil, follow the directions on the bottle for diluting it and only apply in the morning or evening. Direct sunlight reflects off of it and it will act as a mirror and burn your plant leaves if you spray it during the day. I’ve used both of these options with success…no hacking required. 🙂


    • Oh, thank God! Someone with aphid wisdom!!

      Thank you so much for commenting. I shall be sprinting to the nursery to search for these products. I think I’ll start with the first one.

      The peony family speaks to me. Love them.



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