Next week is my one year garden blog anniversary! Last year, my new year’s resolution was to learn how to grow a vegetable garden and chronicle its ups and downs on this blog. Amazingly, I was able to keep my garden going and even kept up with writing, missing only two weekends of blogging. I had my doubts as I am not the most patient, but I’ve come to really enjoy gardening and reading about all the other gardens and gardeners in the world. This year, my hope is to expand the garden with more fun vegetables to grow from seed as well as add more perennials. (I am also determined to grow a carrot that’s longer than two inches!)
In the meantime, the weather & squirrels are keeping me busy. On New Year’s day, it was so cold that the water in my bucket froze. Sadly, my nasturtiums didn’t fare well, nor did my beans. I’m hoping the warmer week will help defrost what is left. I was hoping to start some new seeds during the holidays but it was too cold and my greenhouse is tiny and already full.
While I was at work this past week, the squirrels decided that they enjoy eating salad greens so ate a few of the leaves despite them being covered with a row cover. The next day, my in laws saw the squirrel pulling off my row cover and trying to pull it up the oak tree. I came home to the cover wrapped around the trunk and with squirrel bite marks all over it. Very determined squirrels we have.
I have high hopes for the 2015 garden despite nature’s challenges. Since I didn’t take any photos this weekend, here are some Camelia flowers from Descanso & Huntington gardens from this past week as well as a pretty bloom from our surviving succulents. I’m also working on some paper flower decorations for a friend’s bridal shower. Flowers make me smile.