this week in the gardens

The daylilies are pushing their dazzling display. While the basic orange “ditch lily” has mostly bloomed out, the special varieties are just hitting their peak. Also, the crazy orange triple bloom just made its first appearance yesterday.

The spring radishes and baby bok choy totally got away from me this spring and have gone to flower and beyond. The image below is to serve as a reminder to plant some of each out of the raised bed as a flower feature moving forward. I will watch the pods develop and save the seeds as I am able.

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The crocosmia has past its bloom peak and is developing those delicious looking pods. I planted the bulbs under chicken wire to protect them from squirrels but I think I will have to move them next spring to save them from the encroaching bee balm.

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The everything over four foot wild flower beds are continuing their mostly yellow craziness. The salvia I planted last fall and the few butterfly weed that showed up will have to be rescued. Somewhere I have a list of the flowers that were included in the native seed pack, but its location currently escapes me.

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The most welcome not-yellow of the bunch just showed up over the past weekend: pink coneflower. It is not a fast thing grown from seed.

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The butterfly bush in the front yard is into its third year. It is still tiny but it otherwise flourishes.

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The veggies are coming along nicely. The peppers seem late but happy. The tomatoes are producing fruit and are covered in blossoms.

The blauhilde bean volunteers are filling half the arbor. The beans have to be harvested faster than we can get to to use as string beans which we would prefer. And we have yet to eat the shelled beans, but I will keep saving the seeds and sowing them anywhere we add trellising as we move forward. The plant to lush and full and prolific and provided a fair amount of shade for the plants that need a break from full sun.

The pinot noir peppers yielded fruit quickly and are covered in buds for more.

The herbs love our dirt and love our garden. They self seed and walk across the borders is such a delightful way. The perennial herbs spread and sprawl and make quick and early green in the early spring beds.

The lemongrass has established itself well. So has the pineapple sage, my favorite herb I have yet to use. Do yourself a favor and look into it: it is lush and green and blooms brilliant red funnel blooms late in the fall until the first hard frost. It sometimes returns from the root clump/trunk after mild winters. I hope to test cold frames soon to help a few of the almost hardy herbs survive our winters.

I have learned that nasturtiums thrive better in part sun than full. I have already allotted a larger appropriate space for next year.

The basils are slow this year compared to last. They are so delicate regarding cold and our late winter delayed my previous planting time for them. This years varieties: sweet, purple, Thai, and cinnamon.

The dill is finally blooming. Lots of tiny plants in a sprawling cloud of fluff.

Other herbs are thriving as well, but I missed them when taking photographs: the Mexican tarragon is massive and covered in tiny yellow flowers. The sweet marjoram are small but happy. All of the thyme have been growing all of the time…

Still other herbs are waiting to go in and have been a bit stunted by the heat in their grow pots. With some luck and productivity, most everything will be in the ground by week’s end. Oh yeah, I have this week off from work. w00t! I will be working about our house and grounds, digging in the dirt, helping things grow, setting things right, and soaking in the greenness of the wonky lopsided gardens of our wabi-sabi life.

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