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The BIC Plant and Gardening Thread

Hello BIC friends and fellow gardeners! Whether you have a container on your balcony, some indoor plants, a whole garden, or even if you just happen to visit a botanical garden or see a lovely space or plant in your neighborhood you want to share, this is the place! Please share pics, tips, plans and tricks about all things gardening!  

 

For many years I had a container balcony garden with mostly flowers and herbs (when travel allowed), and I am now embarking on my first backyard landscaping and gardening journey. 

I am often taking inspiration from the natural world around me and have recently had some spring inspiration for the Makeup Challenge of the Week and have loved chatting about gardening in our other threads, so I thought a new thread would be nice. 

It’s always so interesting to me to see plants and gardens from different regions and countries, so I hope you’ll join the conversation!  

PS: if you create a makeup look based on some plant or garden inspiration, please feel free to post your look or flat-lay here, too! 


Here are a few pics of my spring bulbs to start and I’ll share more soon (kindly ignore the weeds)! 

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My old balcony (from the outside) - I’ll try to find an internal pic too:

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@Titian06 These ones bloom mid-summer here. Most of the time they’re just leafy foliage but the green/white makes them look really interesting.

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Yesterday’s harvest. I have a lot of work ahead of me!

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Oh wow! Incredible! I have some cherry tomatoes to make a caprese salad,  but I also keep eating them first, lol. @Ispend2much6 

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@sister13 Why didn't I think of that? With burratta!

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Oh yes, as long as you have basil, too? It’s soooo good! @Ispend2much6 

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Oh man I’m so jealous @Ispend2much6 👌👍👏. We only have Armenian cucumbers so far. My husband is trying to figure out why our tomatoes has no fruits so far this year. 😩 

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@blackkitty2014  I love Armenian cucumbers!  This may be our best tomato year ever- very few cracks in the cherry tomatoes, and we actually have some unblemished full-size tomatoes which never happens.  They're very tricky to grow.

 

I'm using this brand of fertilizer for the first time; I wonder if that's why the tomatoes are doing so well.  I also sprinkle all the plants with "fairy dust," (Epsom salts,) and that seems to help.

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Thx you @Ispend2much6 . I send the info to my hubby 🌹♥️

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@Ispend2much6  My husband just got the very same one a week back and he said after feeding the tomatoes they started making fruits now, thx so much again 🌹♥️

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@blackkitty2014   I'm so glad!!  Yes, it must be good because this is the very first year we've harvested large tomatoes with no blemishes.

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This is awesome, @Ispend2much6 !  It all looks so tasty! 🤗

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@Titian06. Fresh vegetables are a treat!

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@Ispend2much6 whoa 😲.  Thassa lot...

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@CookieGirl1. Agreed!

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Now that’s a haul @Ispend2much6! What are your plans for these delicious veggies?

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@JoSometimes  Thank you!  Right now marinated cucumbers, zucchini bread, pasta alla norma sauce, my family loves eggplant parmesan, and using the Hungarian wax peppers for beef stew.

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So I see a road trip- what time should we show up for dinner?

 

 Do you ever can the vegetables for future use or do you prefer to use them right away?

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That sounds so yummy @Ispend2much6! Bon appetite!

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A few updates from around the yard. Everything is still in containers because the landscapers keep getting delayed! Hydrangea progress pics, it’s so pink and pretty!

 

I originally bought the Tahiti hibiscus ( pink double bloom) but then I saw the Fiji which is tree form (white with pink center/edges) and had to have it, I want to put it on the corner with the mock oranges. Now I don’t know what to do with the Tahiti.

The ranunculus are so odd looking and not like I expected, or anything like their pics on the package, not sure if that’s because of the conditions, but who knows.

 

I’m obsessed with the poppies, they’ve been blooming constantly! 

Not pictured, but the cherry tomatoes are looking good, and I have three jalapeños close to harvesting! Mint and parsley are flourishing, all the rest of the herbs are hanging in there.

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All so pretty @sister13 🌹♥️🥰

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Thank you! @blackkitty2014 

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