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Flowers and Vegetables in a Michigan Garden August 2009 deedsphotos

Updated on September 5, 2009

A Mighigan Flower and Vegetable Garden

This has been a good year in Michigan for flower and vegetable gardens, cool and plenty of rain. Perhaps a bit too cool for tomatoes which were late but well worth waiting for. Here are some pictures taken in late August 2009. Note that vegetables can be mixed in successfully with flowers and shrubs. Some of the vegetables' beauty equals that of flowers. The amount of vegetables that can be grown in a small space is amazing. We've had more than we can eat this summer and passed on plenty to our neighbors.

[The garden is strictly organic--no pesticides or chemical fertilizers--manure, worm castings and our yard  mulch only.]

Nasturtium
Nasturtium
Begonia
Begonia
Black-eyed Susan and Coneflower
Black-eyed Susan and Coneflower
Lobelia/Cardinal Flower
Lobelia/Cardinal Flower
Turtlehead
Turtlehead
Anemones
Anemones
Catchfly & Buttercup
Catchfly & Buttercup
Dianthus (also called Pinks)
Dianthus (also called Pinks)
Echinacea/Purple Coneflower
Echinacea/Purple Coneflower
Coneflower (white swan)
Coneflower (white swan)
Helenium/Sneezeweed
Helenium/Sneezeweed
Impatiens
Impatiens
Variegated Euonymous
Variegated Euonymous
Ostrich Fern
Ostrich Fern
Hosta August Moon
Hosta August Moon
Salvia
Salvia
Sedum Autumn Joy
Sedum Autumn Joy
Catchfly
Catchfly
Feverfew
Feverfew
Salvia
Salvia
Clivia
Clivia
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns
Hosta August Moon
Hosta August Moon
Rudbekia Goldsturm
Rudbekia Goldsturm
Geranium
Geranium
Ficus Little Fiddle
Ficus Little Fiddle
Begonias, Daphne, Nasturtiums
Begonias, Daphne, Nasturtiums
Pole Beans
Pole Beans
Pole Bean leaf after beetle attack
Pole Bean leaf after beetle attack
Anemones
Anemones
Toad Lily
Toad Lily
Anemone
Anemone
Mallow (Zebrina)
Mallow (Zebrina)
Joe Pye Weed ??
Joe Pye Weed ??
Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed
Spinach & Green Onions (second planting)
Spinach & Green Onions (second planting)
Lettuce & Arugula
Lettuce & Arugula
Swiss Chard (rainbow)
Swiss Chard (rainbow)
Arugula and Lettuce (late planting)
Arugula and Lettuce (late planting)
Cress & Lettuce
Cress & Lettuce
Kale, Parsley, Swiss Chard
Kale, Parsley, Swiss Chard
Parsley
Parsley
Mini Coneflower
Mini Coneflower
Pink Turtlehead
Pink Turtlehead
Mint
Mint
Heuchera Chocolate Coral Bell
Heuchera Chocolate Coral Bell
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed
Coral Bell Marmalade
Coral Bell Marmalade
Bee Balm
Bee Balm
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Bee Balm
Bee Balm
Bee Balm, Coneflowers & Sneezeweed
Bee Balm, Coneflowers & Sneezeweed
Sneezeweed
Sneezeweed
Hosta August Moon
Hosta August Moon
Bumblebees like Sneezeweed!
Bumblebees like Sneezeweed!
Bumblebees like Coneflowers, too!
Bumblebees like Coneflowers, too!
Globe Thistle (lavender) & Rudbeckia Nitida Herbstsonne
Globe Thistle (lavender) & Rudbeckia Nitida Herbstsonne
Holly
Holly
Holly
Holly
Arugula in former cat litter box.
Arugula in former cat litter box.
Out of control tomato patch
Out of control tomato patch
Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Hydrangea Matilda Gutges
Hydrangea Matilda Gutges
Mini Coneflower blooming in full shade
Mini Coneflower blooming in full shade

The Payoff!

Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard

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      John David LeCoq 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Mr. Ralph, this is an impressive array of plants. I am in awe of what your wife, and I am sure you help, have done. I may have to get some lessons from your wife. Everything just grows so well it seems. When you have a green thumb it just shows. Again, an impressive garden. I will try my best to make mine look half that good.

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      jolened 7 years ago from Midwest

      Ralph, I believe your "invasive weed" is Joe Pye Weed. It is fairly common for midwestern gardens. A number of people I know of in Iowa purchase the plant to put in their flower beds. It is very drought tolerant plant but prefers moist soil. The butterflies love it. Happy Gardening! JD

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Gorgeous pictures of your crops Mr. Deeds. My mom also is big on organic gardening, and I always look forward to the tomatoes she brings me.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks, George. Always good to hear from you.

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      George Nagle 7 years ago

      A remarkable garden and remarkable photography, both surely a labor of love. I especially like the equal respect paid to vegetables and flowers.

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      Gary Eby 7 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Beautiful pictures which give us all a change to connect to the power of nature. I was born and raised in Michigan. Now I live in Cave Junction, Oregon. For fun, hope you will visit my HUB about cruising....Gary.

      https://hubpages.com/travel/ebywaycruise

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      Wiz 7 years ago

      A well deserved embarrassment of riches, Ralph and lovely photos of such!

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      My wife is responsible for the garden. She gardens while I go sailing! I hauled a few bags of manure and peat moss from Home Depot. My wife has a green thumb, but I'm not familiar with the term "master gardener."

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      JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA

      Beautiful Garden Ralph Deeds. Are you and your wife Master Gardeners?

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the compliment! I'm glad we don't have to disagree about my wife's garden!

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      cdggt 7 years ago

      Wow, absolutely beautiful garden. Great photography too.

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      sonia 7 years ago

      Ralph:

      The garden and photography are both outstanding.

      You both have enhanced an sense of beauty, you

      have the artist's eyes. Thanks for spreading the beauty

      and gracing our lives.

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      H. Ralph Rawls 7 years ago

      What a proliferation of plant life! We did't have enough rain in San Antonio this summer to keep the grass from dying, much less grow tomatoes. I remember Tucker used to make candles. When did she switch to flowers and vegetables? Great photography. -- H. Ralph

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Re the guy with the .357, it takes all sorts I guess. Hopefully he will realise some day that a world without .357s is better than one with them.

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      Joel and Mason 7 years ago

      What an awesome garden! Nasturtiums are one of my favorite flowers, and we can't grow them here without expending tremendous amounts of precious water.And then there are the tomatoes, also very hard to grow here, and yours look scrumptious. Tucker, I could almost give up sailing for a garden like yours.

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      George 7 years ago

      Great job with that Garden! I grow tomatoes every year and this year has been a pretty long year to wait. It is worth it though!

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      Gordon Morlan 7 years ago

      Super pictures (as usual from Ralph) of a well cared for garden . . . thank you for sharing this neat part of the world. gem

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      It's your mother's garden. She gardens while I sail!

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      Looks great dad!

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Sabu, Deb,Diana, Tucker thanks you for your compliments. (One all the way from India!) I believe the Internet has the potential for bringing about greater understanding and respect among people around the world. Sometimes, Some of the comments on HubPages cause me to be less optimistic. E.g.,

      "I've had a guy say to me, 'Why should I be afraid of a liberal when I have a .357?'."

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Absolutely magnificent is all I can say. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      diana Pancioli 7 years ago

      Yummy garden.

      D.

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      Deb Weatherston 7 years ago

      Gorgeous garden, Tucker. You have a green thumb, for sure and there are NO WEEDS! I would love to see it. Debbie

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      Tess 7 years ago

      Ralph, you and T. are surely aware that the most invasive weed in your lovely garden pictures may not be the one you labeled as ??? Invasive Weed ??? , but the mint.

      Like bamboo, mint is only non-invasive if it is surrounded by a serious expanse of concrete! It's been lo, these many years since I planted mint and lemon balm in my herb garden, feeling all virtuous and authentic. And it was lo, those many years it took me to get it out, long after the biblical herbs and the medieval herbs had been clubbed to death by the mints! I still can hear it plotting, sometimes, on a moonlit night.

      ;0)

      Tess

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      surfzen 7 years ago

      Beautiful Ralph, I am fighting the cabbage worms that were attracted to my tomatoes but they hit my habaneros and my mint and some other herbs. I had to Sevin my natural organic garden to stop it. Just awful.

      Chuck

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Doc, we live within a couple of miles of Royal Oak. Look us up if you're in the area.

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      Doc Snow 7 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

      Thanks, Ralph--more nostalgia for me; the garden looks a lot like my aunt's place in Royal Oak. (She passed away in March.)

      Beautiful--and for me, a little bitter-sweet.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      It's my wife's garden. I took the pictures. Thanks for the compliments. (We live in a Detroit suburb.)

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      Ralph, your garden is awesome. I don't know what part of Mich you're in, I lived in Toledo for many years, and I remember the smell of the Lilac trees in our back yard. I couldn't wait for them to bloom, I would sit under them to do my homework. Unfortunatly they do not grow here in Fla. Thanks for inviting us to your home, the pix are beautiful.

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Ralph, You have a beautiful garden, I wish I had the patience and money to plant nice gardens.

      Keep on Hubbing.