Happy Tuesday peeps! Let's catch up...
After a few questionable days, I'm finally starting to feel better. I'm hoping to try to go on some walks this week and ease back into running next week. When a cough is involved, I try not to mess around and go back to my routine too soon especially since I have asthma.
Tonight, I'm serving at the moderator in a panel discussion with two local bloggers who are releasing cookbooks... YumUniverse and the No Meat Athlete. Both their books focus on a plant-based diet and I'm excited to learn more from them. If you are local, it's at 7 o'clock at Malaprops.
My party I was planning on hosting last weekend got moved to this weekend because of the sickness running through the house (nobody wants that!) and I'm looking forward to doing some planning for it this week. There's lots of great food to make.
And finally I got all my New York photos edited and posts written... they'll be taking over the blog for the rest of the week. I'll be sharing the highlights tomorrow, the best eats Thursday and a Broadway themed Fashion Friday. I'm kind of excited.
What I'm Growing This Year...
Because of my frequent traveling, I actually planted my garden a little earlier this year. It's been so warm, that that it's done fine so far. Normally I'd be worried about a late freeze, but this year has been so warm.
Makena and I thought it would be fun to share what I planted and give some updates as the season goes on. She's practically a master gardener now... ya'know! 🙂
For my flowering post I did a combination of red, purple, yellow and white! Last year I thought I'd try to be edgy and artistic and got everything in a dark purple and a month into the season I was missing the bright and cheerful plants... so I went back to my roots.
The plants are still pretty tiny... but I should soon get a big red flower at the top and bottom. I'll share more photos when it grows in. This is a tough spot for me because it gets some sun, but not a lot... so we'll have to see how these do.
I also got these gorgeous planters! I got two for each side of my deck. So cheerful.
For my deck boxes I did this combination! There are two red ones and two yellow ones.
I also did this stunning red petunia along my pathway to my raised bed.
The flowers are pretty, but my favorite part of gardening is fresh herbs and vegetables all summer long. I was actually bummed because our New York trip kept us from going to the Herb Festival this year, which is where I normally get my plants. It's one of my favorite things to go to in Asheville, so I was sad! But traveling one me over.
This year, it was so mild that my thyme, oregano, rosemary and chive plants all came back. In really cold winters, I'll need to replant.
I also put fresh parsley, cinnamon basil and dill.
I never seem to have enough basil, so I planted a big pot of it this year. Maybe I'll finally have enough... MAYBE!
I added a few things this year including fresh lettuce...
... and this leaf basil. We'll see what happens!
For my vegetables I did tomatoes in pots. They are so finicky that I like to keep them on my deck where I can watch them and away from the rest of my garden. I have yellow pear, plum and cherry!
I'm super excited about my raised bed garden.
This year I did a few new things. In this shot you see the kale, squash and zucchini. I also planted some broccoli seeds in that corner that looks bare. The kale and broccoli are new for me.
On this side I have a bunch of green bean seeds (which are always a favorite) and peppers! This year I scaled back and did poblano, banana and bell.
In this shot you can see my one eggplant plant! That's another one I haven't grown before, so it's an experiment.
You also see my cucumber plant. Right in front is where I put my rainbow carrot seeds. Last year they worked really well so hopefully I'll get more this year.
So it looks like my gardening assistant approves! Now I just need to teach her to stop eating the dirt in the pots- doh!
Hope you are having a great Monday.
Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I'm sharing my first of three posts on my trip to New York.
Do you do any garden stuff or flowers?
I'm linking up with Marvelous Monday and Foodie Friday.
Wow! You have an epic backyard my dear. I am loving it! All of your flowers are so gorgeous, but I'm partial to the boxes - they are so pretty, you got a good mix together.
And all of the herbs! Tell me about basil, I'm the same, can never get enough of that stuff. It's just so versatile. I even put it in my smoothies!
And so many veggies. You are so lucky to have so much space to grow so many things - you are quite the gardener.
Since moving to California we sadly don't have a backyard, but I hope to have one again someday so I can plant some things again.
I'm really glad that you're starting to feel better! <3! Your garden is absolutely gorgeous--I love the flowers and yayyy for herbs! I'd love to have an herb/veggie garden someday!
Gosh I wish I had your green thumb - your plants are gorgeous!
Thank you! I think it's genetic. 🙂
This is awesome Julie! I need you to come help me! I try to have a green thumb, but it has yet to really take off.
I had to set up a new garden this year at our new house, and I am not sure it will grow much. I think there might be too much heat and sun 🙁
Thanks for linking up with us!
Oh bummer! Gardens normally love sun!
Kristy from Southern In Law says
What a lovely garden you have!
We have a veggie patch (which didn't end up amounting to anything last season as we were too busy to replant it!) and at the beginning of Spring we usually refresh all the flowers in our garden and buy new plants so we're ready to entertain over the warmer months!
Me too! They make so much difference.
What a pretty, diverse garden! Best of luck with your harvest-ing 😉
Mary Beth Jackson says
Beautiful yard! My pineapples are growing and I planted tomato and green bean plants, now the waiting.........
Thank you!!!! You know I wish I could have a pineapple plant!
Blane Sherer says
Hope all goes with your gardening this year !
Me too! thanks!
Beautiful planters, I love your yard!!!
Me toooo!!! 🙂 Thank you!
Lisa Ballantyne says
You wear the green thumb very well, Julie! And I've fallen in love with Makena! Gorgeous photos!
Me too... she's crazy but pretty cool!
Carrie this fit chick says
I'm so jealous you have the ability to do this!! I i don't have a garden or patio or anything, but one day, when I do, I'd love to grow my own plants! I would definitely love to grow fruits and veggies.
It's such a joy!
Andrea on Vacation says
I have boatloads of tomatoes in pots that are going gangbusters. My herbs are doing really well too, peppers just okay.
They seem to take off late in the summer for me.
Wow. I love your gardening setup. i kind of want to go to the store now and see if they have any herbs left; I love growing fresh herbs! 🙂
I bet they do!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
For a vegetarian, I do not have a green thumb at all! The no meat athlete cookbook has a ton of buzz should be a fun panel
Oh cool! I'll have to let them know!
heather @Lunging Through Life says
Oh goodness they are so pretty! Love the flowers on your deck next to the turtle, haha. I am hoping one of these years I'll be able to plant a garden!
Susie @ Suzlyfe says
Goodness I wish I had your skills. Makena is definitely a better gardener than me!