Happy Earth Day  
I thought I'd take this opportunity to share a little something I did in our apartment complex. We have a very depressing area in the front of our building that looks like this:

Dead ground, nothing going on. For some reason I got it into my head a few months ago that if no one else is going to do anything about it, then I will have to beautify it myself. So I started planting things.

I planted a small lavender bush that was dying on my balcony. Now it is that giant shrub on the right. That mess of green on the left is the quickly sprouting seeds for wildflowers I planted only two months ago.

There's a calla lily that someone else planted, and on the left is an onion plant that I stuck in the ground after finding a very sprouted onion growing in my pantry (and I'm not sure what to do with it now, in fact - I'm not sure if those flowers means there's a new onion growing below or what).

And KABOOM! A whole mess of wild flowers that just started blooming in this last week. Two months ago this was all barren dirt. There is a rose bush in there too which I saved from death on my balcony. It's already way happier than I've ever seen it and I think after four years of nothing it might actually bloom this year. These cell phone pictures don't do it justice but I am very proud of my little wild garden that managed to bring a bit of color and sweetness (and butterflies!) to an otherwise dreary front area. Hooray for Spring!

6 Comments:

Beautiful!!! That's so great that you turned that wasteland into a living and thriving area.

The bloom on the onion means that you couldn't really harvest and eat the bulb any longer but it sure is pretty.

By Blogger Lisa, at Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:11:00 PM  

Thanks, Lisa!

Do you happen to know if the plant itself is now doomed or if there's some way to keep it going to make more onions? (can you believe my ignorance here, I'm not even sure how to phrase what I'm trying to say) I feel like maybe I can take the seeds in the flower to re-seed but I really don't know.

By Blogger adriana, at Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:41:00 PM  

The plant won't make more onions, but as the flower head dries you can collect the small black seeds and plant those and get lots of onions. When they are first growing, you can harvest them as green onions or leave them in until they bulb up and the greens turn brown and dry.

By Blogger Lisa, at Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:47:00 PM  

Thanks for the tip!!

By Blogger adriana, at Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:33:00 AM  

What a nice improvement and others are able to enjoy it also. Maybe this will spark an interest in someone else also! Way to go!
Aunt Evie

By Blogger Evelyn, at Friday, April 24, 2009 7:27:00 AM  

You are amazing. Was that the little rosebush I brought you some time back? Glorious!

By Blogger tifanie, at Sunday, April 26, 2009 9:43:00 AM  

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