2010年6月22日火曜日

they're taking over....

The view from my front door looking out to the left:


and to the right:


We have a big porch area. It started out with the four big pots on the left decorating it: one of chives, one of thyme, one of seri and one of violas and baby's breath. (OK, so only kind of decorative and rather kitchen gardenny but still...)

Then I was sent the beautiful snapdragon seeds from Ibaraki and the directions said they should only be watered from below not above. So, no watering cans and no rain. Hmmmm, I couldn't decide where to put them and then- lightbulb moment- the porch!

Well that was the beginning of the end...

To the left of the door we now have: the original four pots, the snapdragons, a planter full of transplanted coriander babies waiting to find a home, a seed starter tray over-full with over-started marigold seedlings waiting to be planted out in the veggie garden to ward off aphids, Meg's three pots of morning glory and Amy's umpteen pots of mystery plants. Some are sunflower seeds, some grass (she went through a stage of transplanting chunks of the lawn into pots. You can bet that has been stopped short!) and some are random things like a snail shell and a chunk of wood. She has great faith that with enough love you can grow anything. K's contribution is the plastic bucket of items the girls use as toys that he thinks should be chucked. That's why he put them on the porch....

To the right of the door we have a seed starting tray full of basil babies, a seed starting tray full of over-started cucumbers, a beautiful terracotta pot with a loquat I killed and a whole lot of self-sown violas I am trying to grow up to look as though that was what I was going for, a random planter of Amy's and Meg's shiitake mushroom log. Just off the porch the bamboo stakes are for Meg and Amy's cucumber plants and the green netting is our green curtain of morning glory flowers I am imagining being a fabulously artistic trailing wall of green, blue and white all the way to the roof. Maybe even eye-catching enough to distract you from the rest of the stuff on the porch?

Because at the moment I really think it's getting out of control...

It's day of the triffids...

The plants are taking over!

4 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

I always wonder where to put my seedlings too. For me though it has to out of the way of two little boys who think mummy put all that dirt in pots for them!! So I use the top of the airconditioner! Won't be doing that soon!

Maybe you could have hubby build you a seedling house!!!

玉苓玉苓 さんのコメント...

Many a little makes a mickle...................................................................

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

love the planting bits of lawn, snails and wood. I should take a pic from our porch - although it is Granny K at our place who is queen of the pots. I'm not a planter fan really - but she won't get rid of any, not even the flimsy black ones that are stacked up in 20s and that all have creaks in them. I tried to biff them and she got all pissed and told me to wait till she was dead! Bloody hell. I hope I don't have to wait another 20 years to biff those pots.

Happy porch clearing - in the rain...

thefukases さんのコメント...

achan- I have a great picture of a planter, Amy, a trowel and a very dirt encrusted mouth. She was ohhh about two months too early on eating the carrots.... I used to say that the biggest threat to my garden wasn't caterpillars or slugs but toddlers!

GW- you need to find yourself a market gardener. The woman who gives me left over seedlings by the hundred (literally) also takes any and every empty pot I can give her. Win-win situation! And I am not really a planter person... it just happened...