Hey hey hey! i’m back! This time with the conclusion (yeah, that’s right) of my vestibule story. This is the third of three blog posts that have been postponed because my life has been hell for the past seven months, not just because of the cat drama. Daffy was back in the hospital because of a recurring seizure, went home for two days, then was hospitalized again with symptoms from the stress of the seizure (she stopped peeing). , they still don’t know the exact reason). Luckily, it looks like we’ve adjusted all our meds (at least for the time being) and can finally bring you some pretty pics of the space we’ve been talking about for over a year (and me We started construction two years ago). I talk about it all the time, but things take time. Especially those that literally have to grow :). Unfortunately it was a very long process so here are some iPhone pics I took scattered about. We talked, talked, talked about it last year. down to farm.
Summer has come and gone, and I’ve had good luck with herbs, chard, cherry tomatoes and peppers. There was an early heat wave that dampened the yields a bit and there was a learning curve on my part. It had to be cooled before planting in the garden around pollinators. Passion fruit grew very fast. Especially with all the opinions in the comments section about taking over all of Los Angeles if you’re not careful. It was going to be my new fig hedge (the hedge I planted in 2018 is now easily 15 feet tall, don’t worry I’ll see it later). Here is a photo from his iPhone two months after planting.
Passionfruit has figured out the task: cover behind your neighbor’s ugly fence as quickly as possible. This is a summer planting, just before harvest, mid-October. It was finally cool enough that I could plant in planters and along the perimeter of the garden without worrying about all the plants burning.
I know my glorious fence! And passion fruit! A box under my stairs for someone to trip over!
Autumn planting was my favorite. Here is the list for Eden down to farm I sat down and planted her ears off while talking:
- redbane sorrel
- Romaine & Little Gems
- red leaf lettuce
- parsley, coriander, rosemary, dill
- calendula and pansy flowers
Lots of leafy greens and herbs. I was always picking food. We had herbal salads almost every night for months. It was perfect because I could pick and choose as I wanted and I didn’t feel guilty about lettuce going bad before it was put in the fridge. I’ve never had better luck with coriander. Whatever Eden does to his soil, it’s magic.
Around the perimeter of the fence and along the front wall I planted every kind of sage a person could plant. Russian, White, Texas, Baby Sage. all sages. Oh, and my favorite, Mexican Tarragon. They all smell wonderful, bees and hummingbirds agree.
I let it grow a bit and shot the space in December…
Wreaths, window snowflakes, and wreaths tell the season 🙂
Table (vintage) | Chair (vintage) | over-the-table rod | | Gilded Botanicals Iron + Velvet Garland | | solar light
Before we talk about the garden, let’s take a look at my flea market vintage folding table and fully patina 40/4 chair. Like the one I found in 2013, it’s called the 40/4 chair because it can stack 40 chairs at 4 feet. Both had past lives before me and spent time in different parts of their past homes, but they sat in my garage for years. I was doing (a must if you’re stocking up) and had an epiphany moment. I thought it was more like a garden work surface than a place to sit, but it’s actually quite nice here at sunset and I find myself here many times for happy hour.of desktop rod It’s from Anthropologie and is like a stylist’s must-have. For tabletop shoots where you need to hang things like flowers or candles, Ole is a handy tool to have in his kit. But this is living here through torrential rains and everything.hung two solar lights On top of that, along with some iron botanical garland It gets better with weathering.
Look! I set the scene for you. Can’t you harvest a simple salad without setting a scene??
The left side of this photo is the passage to the gate. In one of his previous posts, I talked about having a bit* too much space in my opinion.These L-shaped corten steel planter Veradek’s two were perfect to fill that empty space and delineate between the walkway and the garden.
Steel will tarnish with time and exposure to weather. These were underway in his December, but the rains changed it even more.check out my instagram story today You can see current snaps of the garden and planters.
The planters on this side of the garden also help keep people from falling out of this space. (I know, shocking). Add a little height. The plaster walls are a few feet high from the pavement, but they had to be a few feet higher. The plant in front of the wall adds a few feet of height and, obviously, a raised garden bed blocks part of the sidewall, but this particular corner felt a little dodgy. , is a much cheaper fix than adding to the wall.
I used pots I had around and mixed them with Veradek’s lightweight and versatile pots Pure Kona PlanterWe used one in our backyard remodel in Backhouse and two here. As a side note, you can also see the difference between the corten steel planter when it was in the process of being modified and this shot (that was taken about 6 weeks ago and it rained about 300 days).
As you can see from the updated pics, my blueberries are coming in now! Apparently I was worried that I would need another blueberry bush nearby to pollinate to get the berries? Hmmm, I think my bush is with children! smile. I’m no garden scientist, but credit to all pollinators for attracting very well-grown large numbers of bees and hummingbirds…
I could write an entire blog post about my love mexican tarragon (not tarragon at all)… but I’ll help you. I just say this: if it grows in your area: get it.
The benefits of using it have been discussed earlier. down to farmThey have many service options. Building custom beds, seasonal planting, irrigation, maintenance and care, harvesting. In December Sarah caught her now one of my favorite characters, Eden.
Sorry for the harsh shadows. It was December. We chased the light all day long. But what an urban dream?? This 16′ x 16′ space has been reborn. It’s great to have an atmospheric sitting space and a garden that literally feeds us. Practical and beautiful are my words of love. A more glam shot of Eden… that is, the garden…
Also, look how crazy the garden is. I live for purple and green Like I said, I used to go out and pick salads every night. Can someone please calculate how much money I’ve saved, but for the most part it’s honestly a shame it was saved for not throwing away the unused bag of lettuce. I have found the salads to be much tastier when I buy from them because they try to use fewer ingredients so less of it goes bad before you eat it all. When I went out into the garden, I could choose more or less this and that, which made each salad more novel and therefore more exciting to eat. I made my own dressing for each day.
My personal favorite is spotted red mizuna. It’s the red lettuce in the basket on the right. Tangy and, dare I say it, meaty? And yes, obviously I grew edible flowers. Yes, it’s for looks.
And we ate salads and lived happily ever after.
Of course, there was also the garden drama.
OK. This one is still hard to talk about… While filming this I noticed that the right side of the passion fruit looks a little sad. Like, was it dying? perhaps? but why? ? I didn’t really understand it at the time, but I planted two, so I didn’t really care. To be honest, one was enough. Passion fruit vines are no joke. We’ve talked at length in the comments section about this garden. The next week I was convinced it was dead and cut it out.
look? I was fine. The other vine knew there would be more than enough to fill the space in no time. February March…
By the time we harvested in March, the whole garden was getting wilder. I was out of town twice for a long time and couldn’t keep up with the rain in the garden. It was a complete jungle and most things were sown.
Wild, right? This is why I should have at least paid Eden for upkeep while I was away. I feel like I was lazy and wasted a lot of money. Lesson learned. But if you can look out over this huge garden, you might be able to see…my other passion fruit vine was dying. told my husband how proud he was to smoke grass-killing gophers.
And obviously, in my garden.
I immediately called a gopher exterminator. I wasn’t playing The guy was like, “If we take it off, you’re cool.”
He also took out some of the plants around passion fruit.He peeled and replanted, but this time gopher guard around the root ball. The good news is that I planted it this time last year and it has grown very fast and well. Also, I now pay the guy to come once a month so that it never happens again.
This is where we are now…
It’s definitely a little sad, but hopefully it’s growing faster and in the meantime all the other plants are helping to cover the fence better than they did last year, so that’s great.
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* Design and style Emily Bowser
**Photo provider Sarah Ligoria-Trump (unless otherwise noted)