For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Caroline and this is my gardening/food/life blog, Extravagant Gardens. I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be featured on this week’s Growing NOW Garden Tour sponsored by the fabulous Beth Bilstrom of https://morethanoregano.com. She has an amazing blog that you truly need to check out. It’s a great resource for all things garden and trust me, you’ll love it! And now I’m so happy to welcome you to my garden…
A few tidbits and photos so you can get to know the garden:
I’m a zone 6B in New Jersey, U.S.A. (the Garden State!), and no, for all of you who have landed at Newark airport and then driven through the wasteland into NYC, nothing is radioactive and glowing in my neck of the woods. I’m blessed with fabulous, mildly acidic soil and verdure.
A couple years back I added (meaning my husband dug – and then re-dug) a small pond at the back of the house. It’s one of those black tubs that you can purchase on-line or at garden centers and it’s been terrific. We have a couple of resident frogs and 4 goldfish that I purchased at Walmart a couple years back. It seems every time I sprang for expensive fish, they either were picked out by raccoons and herons, or they literally committed suicide by jumping out and baking in the sun. Not pretty. My .99¢ goldfish might not be pure breeds but they’re certainly tough! They survived last years crazy winter as well, with the help of a heater of course, but wow!
I’m truly a lazy gardener. I love plants that self sow which is crazily obvious when you see the profusion of Verbena bonariensis (and fennel, dill, liatris, borage, sweet william etc.) around my garden. I really need to start deadheading more!
I am plant obsessed and love to buy flats of anything. I’m currently going through a Piet Oudolf stage and trying to create a mini meadow around my fruit trees. Since so much of what I want is unavailable in mass orders, I start from seed.
Potted plants are a big favorite as well. I started garlic chives from seed a couple years back and they’ve just flowered this year. There are a pair of these that I’m hoping will grow large enough to flank an entrance to the pool garden. They’d be outside the gate and the deer won’t touch them (did I mention I’m plagued by critters?).
I’ve staggered plants so that there is always something blooming in just about every season.
My veggie garden has been a bit of disaster this year but it’s still producing.
And it’s that time of year where I start to collect seeds for next year. This includes everything from the hyacinth beans above, to a french green bean I adore to heirloom tomatoes that have been handed down to me. It’s a great way to be certain you have what you love. I’ve found that I occasionally get hooked on a certain plant, only to find it’s been discontinued or sold out.
And no tour of my garden would be complete without a final stop at the girls coop. I have 8 chickens who not only provide fabulous eggs, but loads of manure for flowers and vegetables. They are super friendly and love visitors – especially if you come with treats!
Thanks for visiting my garden and enjoy the rest of the summer! That first frost will be coming soon enough!