I know, I know – it’s been too long! But it’s Spring, the gardens are calling, and I must answer!
Or get further behind than I already am!
The weather has tripped us up once again, this time in a pleasant way. In a ‘normal’ year (is there such a thing?) the apples would just be dropping their blossoms about now, the oak leaves would be tiny, just barely there-green nubs. We’d worry that it might still be too cold at night for setting out tomatoes, and the daffodils would be finishing up.
Not this year! Take a look at the front walk:
This is more like mid-June! The last 2 years, I have taken prom-night pictures in front of the rhododendron (pink flowers) and Kousa dogwood that you can see in the background, in late June, and in full-bloom. This year, the rhody is almost finished now.
Two more early flowers for this year:
Also a month ahead of schedule:
The rampant early growth is, sadly, not limited to the ‘good’ plants – the weeds have gone crazy. Don’t look too closely at the foreground of those last two. I’ve had bigger fish to fry in the last week. James is going to help me get that stuff out next week.
The kitchen garden comes under the ‘Bigger Fish’ heading. It needed to be weeded, raked, planted and staked. As of this morning, it’s about 90% done. The front bed has the tomatoes this year, and my most recent idea for containing them. We’ll be checking up later to see if this one works. Tomato varieties for this year are, from left to right: Fourth of July, an early-producing type; Cherokee Purple, an heirloom previously referred to (by my children) as ‘Frankentomato’ because of its rampant growth; Brandywine, best flavor; and Cupid, a cherry tomato. Hereafter, to be called (in the same order) Julie, Cherry, Brandy and Cupid.
Next week’s chores – annual bedding plants, containers, and weed, weed, WEED.
But, I promise to take more time for you guys, too.