gardening 2018

Yup, it’s august- can you believe it?  Our garden{s} have already gone through a few different phases this season.

Gardening 2018

The season had a weird start, which was unusually slow & cold for these parts.  In turn i was also slow on the uptake.
§veggie garden

Gardening 2018-1

Mr. Masterpiece is a high energy guy so he actually got the veggie garden up and running in a timely fashion.  It’s his happy place.

Gardening 2018-2

We remained par for the course as far as our selections are concerned.  We planted the usual herbs, several varieties of tomatoes, peppers and lettuces.
Gardening 2018-3
We enjoyed the lettuces early on in the season and they were so great to work with.  This year we planted read leaf, arugula {my fav} and mache.
Gardening 2018-4
We’ve been enjoying the tomatoes for the last few weeks, including varieties of cherry and pear.  I prefer the smaller tomatoes for our salads.

Gardening 2018-5

I’m still waiting on our peppers although i don’t believe it’s going to happen this year.  we swapped the location of where the peppers and tomatoes were planted this year because the tomatoes did not do great last year and the same thing happened to the peppers this year.
Gardening 2018-6
Hmmm.  I’m thinking something is happening with the soil in that area of the planting boxes.   I’m hoping we can amend it for next year’s planting season.

§container gardening

Gardening 2018-7

With the cold front I did not start filling my containers until about June.  I know!  Super late.

Gardening 2018-8

I chose to use yellow flowers for the  green plant etagere and the other areas on the same side of the patio.

Gardening 2018-9

On the other side of the patio sits my distressed door with the collection of galvanized containers which I planted with white blooms this year.

Gardening 2018-10

The yard bloomed early before the cold front settled in and overstayed its welcome.

Gardening 2018-11

The blooms were beautiful but unfortunately they were short lived.

Gardening 2018-12

One of my all time favorites in the backyard are our limelight hydrangeas, which are going crazy right now.

Gardening 2018-13

I’m hoping to plant additional flowering shrubs this fall.

Gardening 2018-14

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.“
~Audrey Hepburn~


  1. Thanks for sharing your gardening. Loved seeing your ideas and your garden pieces.

  2. Joanna says:

    Mary Jo, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your 2018 gardens and all your little vignettes. Happy gardening!

  3. Mary Jo, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your garden. It is lovely and you have wonderful ideas.

  4. Thank you do much judy! xo- mj

  5. I am so glad you enjoyed a peek into our garden Joanna. Thanks for stopping by. xo- MJ

  6. Thank you Sandra. I love experimenting and evolving with the changes. xo- MJ

  7. Carol says:

    Love all the can planters – beautiful garden!

  8. Thank you carol for your sweet comment and stopping by. Have a great day. xo- MJ

  9. Mary Jo, I so enjoyed visiting in your beautiful garden. We have had the same problem with peppers. I love the bread box planted in flowers. Your lady banks rose is gorgeous trailing down. I too love limelights! Thanks so much for linking at Gardens Galore!

  10. Jann Olson says:

    Mary Jo, your garden is lovely! I have one Limelight tree. It is just about to bloom. I love it too! I have gotten a lot of peppers all of a sudden. I made stuffed peppers for dinner last night and hubs and I had the leftovers for lunch today. Nothing like fresh produce from your own garden!

  11. I just love all of it! We have a similar vegetable garden, and the same limelights! I’ve always wanted a white picket fence…….love that arbor, too! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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