Monday, October 10, 2011

It's A Jungle Out There



This is what my lovely courtyard garden looks like right now. Not so lovely.

When I say it's a jungle, I do mean jungle. We have multi-generational bunny families living in there. Snakes. Chipmunks. Weeds taller than I am. Overgrown shrubs and vines. At some point during the summer (early) it got out of control and I was afraid to go in there and weed and prune because the baby bunnies kept hopping around.

Underneath the jungle are hostas. Somewhere on the left I think? Hee hee! I had tons of Johnny Jump-Ups (which the bunnies ate with great relish). I still have oregano (another bunny favorite), lemon balm, basil. The chives have disappeared. 

As far as horticultural goals, this is an epic fail. But since I don't like to focus on my failures, I am already looking ahead to next year. I'm going to have a highly organized "potager" style garden, with a brick in-lay and gorgeous terracotta pots. 

In the meantime, I can still enjoy the nasturtiums I planted....poking out next to the lemon balm......


I also have some nice African blue basil.....



And some pretty hydrangea flowers, seen here with a zebra grass.....


Even though my lawn guys mowed down ALL of my morning glory and sweet pea seedlings this year--TWICE! (I tried to replant them)--a few from last year self-seeded, and they survived.....




Sometimes I think my garden is sort of like my life....out of control. But with good stuff floating around in there. :^)

I hope that everyone has a great week....filled with gorgeous flowers, minimal weeds, and even the occasional cute baby bunny.

All my best,
Penelope

6 comments:

lemonverbenalady said...

You mean it's not good to have a jungle, Penny? 'Cause I have one as well! Good company, huh? The nasturtiums and basil have survived. Always a good thing in my book. xxoo Nancy

Penelope said...

Nancy, this garden is a good example of survival of the fittest. If the plants can survive bunnies, snakes, chippies, 6 foot tall weeds, excessive heat and cold, and my kids flinging toys in there, then they are true survivors! And the best part is....the tender perennials like bleeding heart, which disappeared several months ago, will pop back up in the spring. Impressive!

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

My Dahlias are down for the count. Now I have to wait a bit and then dig them up and put in the daffs. With any luck I will have had my surgery by then and it will be a husband thing. S

Penelope said...

Hi Steph! I LOVE dahlias. In fact, they were on my wish list for this summer, but I didn't get to them. I had mini ones in my window boxes. Hopefully next year I will get the big ones for my perennial garden. I love the colors!

Nina Pierce said...

I was never good with a garden. But I love green and color ... lots of color. If only it wouldn't die of fright between the garden shop and my house. :(

Penelope said...

Hi Nina! I like TOUGH plants, that can basically be ignored and still survive. :^)