Front Parkway Timelapse

Haven’t updated this site in awhile and am behind on posting pics. I have been taking a timelapse of the front parkway since March 24 and put together a current cut for the Bucktown Garden Walk.

Garden Status

I’ve been too lazy to photograph and too lazy to garden so no pics, just status for future reference.  Garden is basically all planted and about 10 days later than the latest I have ever been but it should be OK.

Front parkway seeded and reseeded.  Cleome growing wild on street side.  Catnip is very strong with seedlings in multiple areas all over front.  A 3 cu ft. container of catnip growing wild on veranda.  The objective for this garden is to have it reseed itself with little to no human intervention other than the occasional watering and weeding.

Planted 5 dahlias purchased at Aldis and all 5 have sprouted and are starting to get big.  I didn’t know how big these plants get but they’re taking up a sizable area.   Added two new boxes in front and in back side parkway.  Moved container of chives from main roof into new front side parkway which should be easy to maintain and have some utility.  That container was falling apart up there anyway and it reduces watering on the main roof.  Yay.

All hot peppers planted in containers as well as 4 tomatoes.  I had to buy tomato singles for $2 per because that’s all they seem to sell around here nowadays.

Lots of new garden construction.  Tore down all caged positions from previous years and rebuilt them in a much simpler fashion.  Only 8 positions this year, 4 of which are tomatoes, one Cleome.  SE corner planters got a 6 pack of peppers and a 3 pack of peppers and 2 Cleome for bees and appearance.

Shouldn’t have left so much hose stuff outside but didn’t lose too much compared to previous years.

Used 20 cu. ft. of pine bark and 6 cu ft. mushroom compost and even with the reduction I’m somehow running out of potting mix with only 5 cu ft. of decent old stuff available that was pulled from main roof.  Main roof has all new potting mix so that should last a couple of years.  Not sure if I’ll downsize main roof again next year.  Watering seems to be easy so maybe this is now at a good level.

Lots of new debris clumps with native plants but I’m considering cheating and seeding them this week and I might water them this year since there is so much less other plants to water up there now.

That is all for now …  I hope to get pics up next time if I get motivated and the light is right.  It’s kind of hard to photograph seeds sprouting however.

PS.  Forgot.  The raspberries are 6 feet high and have been on a timelapse since the beginning of march.  I will timelapse them until they’re done in fall.


IMG_0014Tulips are in bloom.  I planted red and purple tulips last October in the front parkway from bags of 35 that were on sale at Home Depot.

14 packets of seeds from the Dollar store (American seed brand) were planted in front parkway.  Catnip and raspberries are strong.  Front parkway may take center stage again this year.  Bought 20 cu.ft. of good pine bark and 5 cu.ft. of mushroom compost so all set for planting in the next few weeks.  Might be able to skip a trip to Gesethemane this season.

Forsythia Blooms 4/13/2015

IMG_9877Forsythia bush is back from the dead.  It did not bloom last year due to dust from road construction that seemed to have killed this 30+ year old bush.  It spent all of last summer regrowing branches and all those newly regrown branches have bloomed and it looks like this bush may be back from the dead.    Forsythias are the first bush to bloom around here in zone 5 Chicago.

IMG_9818Here’s another shot and past articles from 2011, 2012, and 2013.  No pic was taken in 2014 because it didn’t bloom.  In 2012 it bloomed on March 22 and in 2013 it didn’t bloom until April 28.  Forsythia blooms are the official kick off for spring gardening projects.  So here we go…

Note: The banner header of this Forsythia with Magnolias in the background was taken in 2012 when we had a very early Spring.  The Magnolia isn’t blooming now and doesn’t always sync up with the Forsythias.