Garden 2009

Front Flower Garden

The hydrangeas are still going strong, just with fewer blooms than in July.

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Perennials planted Fall 2007

  • endless summer hydrangeas (blue)
  • knock-out pink roses
  • peonies- raspberry sundae, nick shaylor

Direct Seeded May 9, 2009

  • black-eyed susans
  • seashell cosmos

Back Flower Garden


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Perennials planted Fall 2007

  • white bleeding hearts
  • blushing bride hydrangea (white)
  • blue lace-cap hydrangea
  • opal hydrangea (pink)
  • peony

Direct seeded June 15, 2009

  • morning glories
  • cosmos seashell mix

Victory Garden

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  • spinach

Direct Seeded March 21, 2009

  • johnny jump-ups
  • baby lettuce mix
  • lamb’s lettuce
  • buttercrunch
  • four seasons lettuce
  • rouge d’hiver
  • cherokee crisphead
  • green butterhead
  • red butterhead
  • early white scallions
  • rainbow carrots
  • purple carrots
  • sugar snax carrots
  • st. valery carrots
  • spinach
  • red cabbage
  • sugar snap peas
  • leeks

Started from seed and transplanted April 18, 2009

  • baby lettuce mix

Started from seed and transplanted April 26, 2009

  • chives
  • flat-leaf parsley
  • curly parsley
  • thyme
  • sage
  • dill
  • basil
  • lavender
  • borage

Direct seeded May 9, 2009

  • zinnia california pink
  • zinnia green envy
  • marigold crackerjack
  • mammoth sunflower

Direct seeded May 10, 2009

  • napoli carrots
  • sugarsnax carrots
  • rainbow carrots
  • purple haze carrots
  • scallions

Planted May 10, 2009

  • all-purpose potatoes that had sprouted (as an experiment)

Transplanted May 25, 2009

  • grape tomatoes
  • pomodoro tomatoes
  • dafel tomatoes
  • super bush tomatoes
  • mariana tomatoes
  • bellstar tomatoes
  • brandywine tomatoes
  • german striped tomatoes
  • green zebra tomatoes
  • carmen peppers

Direct seeded May 25, 2009

  • northern picling cukes
  • green butterhead lettuce

Direct seeded June 4, 2009

  • haricot vert maxibel (french green beans)
  • french wax beans isar
  • royal burgundy snap beans

Direct seeded June 7, 2009

  • zinnias- california pink and envy green
  • common chamomile
  • carrots- sugarsnax, napoli, purple haze, rainbow
  • red butterhead lettuce

Direct seeded July 4, 2009

  • red butterhead lettuce
  • green butterhead lettuce
  • cherokee red summer crisp lettuce

Berry Patch

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Transplanted March 21, 2009

  • heritage red raspberries
  • white raspberries
  • jewel black raspberries
  • saskatoon blueberries

Transplanted April 13, 2009

  • royalty purple raspberries
  • chester blackberries

Transplanted April 18, 2009

  • boysenberries

Transplanted April 19, 2009

  • huckleberries


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Planted April 5, 2009

  • macoun apple
  • empire apple
  • jonathan apple
  • snow apple
  • northern spy apple
  • cox orange pippin apple

Wildlife Garden


Planted October 2008

  • daffodil mix for naturalizing, 100 bulbs

Broadcast Seeded May 8, 2009

  • black-eyed susan
  • purple coneflower
  • shasta daisy
  • gloriosa daisy
  • lupine
  • delphinium
  • johnny jump-ups
  • mexican sunflower
  • borage
  • calendula
  • camellia balsam
  • scabiosa
  • cornflower
  • milkweed
  • parsley
  • crimson clover
  • aster rainbow mix
  • coreopsis
  • cosmos
  • prairie gayfeather
  • sweet sultan
  • sweet william
  • bishops flower
  • dill
  • snapdragon
  • yarrow
  • bergamot
  • cleome
  • verbena

Trees and Shrubs

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Planted Fall 2006

  • white pines along boundaries

Planted Fall 2007

  • 2 sugar maple trees (did not survive)
  • dawn redwood

Planted Spring 2007

  • heirloom lilacs from Ed’s parents’ lilacs

Planted Fall 2008

  • 2 sugar maple trees


I participate in the following gardening challenges:

seed2seed_challenge_200x       independancedays20091

9 responses to “Garden 2009

  1. Did you get a gardening journal to organize where and what you’re growing? Just curious. It is something that I’ve seen and wondered if it might help me plan my garden out through the year(s).

  2. Green Mamma- I didn’t buy a gardening journal specifically, but I repurposed an old (and mostly empty) notebook as my journal. That and my calendar, along with my blog, allow me to keep track of everything.

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  4. I have 2 goldn delicioous trees that look healthy and sometimes flower, but never produce apples. A garden site told me I need another tree, either crabapple or red delicious. Do you have any suggestions for getting apples? They are semi-dwarfs, about 5 years old, and the garden store I bought them from had sexed them and told me they were a male and a female. Every year they make leaves, but it’s so disheartening to see no blossoms and no fruit.

    • Hi Ronnie- I’m guessing the folks at your garden center don’t know exactly what they’re talking about… There’s no such thing as a “male” apple tree and a “female” apple tree. Otherwise you’d only get apples on the females, since the apples only develop from the female flower parts. Your trees are both male/female, but apple varieties can’t self-pollinate. You need to get another variety of apple tree, and you want to make sure that it is a variety that blossoms at the same time as the golden delicious. That way, you’ll get the pollination when you need it to occur. The more trees you get, the more likely they will get pollinated and you’ll have a bigger crop. That’s why I planted 6 trees, all different varietites, to start with. If a neighbor has apple trees, then you might be able to get some cross-pollination from them, but it sounds like you don’t have any neighbors with apples, otherwise you’d have apples. A crab apple will work, too, so you could plant one of those.

      I got our trees from Miller’s nurseries, and their website is very helpful. They’re in upstate NY and their trees do well in the Northeast. You can also call them and get some helpful suggestions.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Cary

    Hi Abbie! I just discovered your blog after enjoying your comment this morning on Jenna’s coldantlerfarm blog. My husband and I have just moved to eastern CT after organic gardening for 30 years in Southern California and I wonder if you’d mind if I picked your NE farmer brain? My mother worked at Knott’s Berry Farm (originator of the boysenberry) in the late 1940s and I’ve been a boysenberry lover all my life. We have 6 acres in North Stonington and I wonder where you found your boysenberry plants. The only supplier I’ve found after much searching is Stark Bros. Please tell me where you found yours. Thanks so much for your blog, I think we have alot in common and I look forward to learning how to grow in a very new climate/ecosystem! Keep up the great work :)!

    • Welcome to CT! I got those berries mail-order from Gurneys. I had a 50% off coupon, so I went a little nuts with the boysenberries! I’d never ordered from them before, but everything except 1 raspberry survived the transplanting.

      • Cary

        Hi again Abbie! I have found a local herb farm who will offer boysenberries in about a week. (Gurney’s did not offer them this year. Did get great Meyer lemon trees from them with their great 50% off coupon, thanks!) I wonder how many plants I should get. Can you tell me how many vines you planted and whether they provide an abundant crop for you? I have dreams of preserves, as well as mucho fresh. Thanks alot!

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