The Life of Erin

Married life, home projects, music, travel, movies, politics, random stuff I think of on a daily basis

Clean Slate April 12, 2009

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 6:57 pm
Tags: , ,

Goodbye azaleas! Goodbye rhododendron! We’re sorry we pulled you out but our house is going to look so much better without you.


















State of the garden in Fall October 19, 2008

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 4:20 pm
Tags: , , , ,

We’ve had some good ole fall weather lately, so the garden is changing and we are preparing for winter.

Remember these bushy flowers than ran wild all summer?

Obviously they love to propagate, and seeded to create tons of tiny ones in the pots they used to be in:

So I tried replanting some to see if I an keep some alive through the winter for next year. I’m not very optimistic. If anyone wants a seedling, let me know!

The lavender has spread as well:

Anyone want some sage? If anyone can tell me what to do with this, please give me ideas. I’ve already dried a whole bunch. I don’t want to waste the rest.


End of summer garden status September 16, 2008

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 8:14 pm
Tags: , ,

Well, I can tell that the summer is coming to an end. My once lush marigolds are dying, we are eating the last of the tomatoes, and I am trying to make as much pesto as I can before the basil goes completely to seed. We are getting a few fun striped tomatoes and some of my plants that seemed dormant all summer are now growing like wildflowers. Nature is so unpredictable!

Dead heads! So many of my marigolds are brown and moldy.

I planted these little pink and green guys in May and they are just now growing like vines.

Still life with tomato and clippers:

Someone gave me these bean seed pods and I planted them in June. Now they are producing their own seed pods–anyone want some?


Garden Update: we have red! July 24, 2008

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 6:38 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Finally our tomatoes are turning red! Our garden(s) are also getting a little out of control. I’ve already pulled out some herbs that went to seed, and we prune back the tomato plants almost every day, and still the plants keep a’growin’.

Bursting from the seams!

What do you think–is the lavender taking over? And maybe the sage, too? Pretty soon the mint will also be competing for space! We had no idea!!

The bees love our garden.

Matt is training the grape vine to wrap its cute little tentacles around horizontal pieces of twine:

And in the back we have a tropical jungle:

My favorite part–the mint I use for my minty ice water!


Closeups: After the Rain July 5, 2008

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 4:04 pm
Tags: , , ,

We finally got a proper downpour last night. I was so sick of watering so it was a relief. I took some closeups of our “grounds” after it stopped raining this morning:


June Garden June 25, 2008

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 8:46 pm
Tags: , , , ,

I think it’s about time for a garden update! My mom came over yesterday to help me clean up some areas and she also taught me how to edge–thanks Mom! I could have gardened all day. We were gone for 4 days and everything just went out of control–especially the tomatoes! We need to tame them with some chicken wire and stakes this weekend. We also planted some plants that Matt’s grandmother gave us, and the bean seeds that Mike gave me a few weeks ago are starting to sprout.

The day lily bloomed today:


Heat=laziness June 11, 2008

Filed under: Home and Garden — erinp @ 11:53 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

I get so antsy and lazy when it is over 100 degrees outside. My regular June activities included going to work (obviously) and then rushing home to tend the garden. Weeding is like therapy for me. I love watching the progress of our plants grow, especially the herbs and vegetables this year. (Andrew? Mel? Do you need any basil?)

Since Friday I have felt like a prisoner. Without the window a/c units, it was so warm that I felt sick. The more healthy alternative, which is trying to cool down the house by closing up all the windows and turning on the window units, makes me closter phobic, antsy, and frustrated.

Today was wonderful. Just hot enough–about 85–but the humidity was down and I left all of the downstairs windows open. I just feel much more free and able to deal with the outside world. This morning I even went outside and cut some of our flourishing herbs for my co-workers. They were so excited, but Esther demanded some tomatoes. I told her to calm down and just wait.

So my mom gave us this really cute wildflower paper cone to plant outside. I also have some seeds from Mike, my old co-worker, that need to be planted “right away.” I’m sorry Mom and Mike. I have not planted either yet. This weekend will be the prime opportunity.

We have lady bugs who love the wildflower cone! I hope the lady bug sticks around and kills all of the bad bugs I don’t like.

I can’t wait to do more planting and weeding on Saturday!