Filed under: flowers, garden, summer | Tags: amsonia, bee balm, black-eyed Susan, coneflowers, crocosmia, daisies, David phlox, day lily, phlox
The black-eyed susans are starting their annual invasion. This year the phlox are showing signs of spreading too, despite some mildew and munching by the deer. And those coneflowers!
Bees are happy, butterflies are happy, hummingbirds are happy. I’m happy!
Some shots on what is supposed to be a scorcher of a day:
The lovely crocosmia are now in three or four spots, and they need to be divided again this fall (well, some of those baby bulbs dug out with fingers?).
Dividing the amsonia (below) could add the feathery leaf structure to another spot. More phlox (white!) needed in the center of the long front bed. Daisies from the side bed could work too.
And I WILL break up the black-eyed susans into sections, promise!
Filed under: garden, vegetables | Tags: broccoli, shallots, tomatoes, vegetable garden
First tomatoes of the season (nicely hidden), plus broccoli and shallots. A couple of hot red peppers. Oh yeah, zucchini too.
I’ve harvested five oversized zucchini from the garden in the last few day (and I think there was a sixth that we grilled). Now I need to decide what to do with them.
Zucchini bread? Chocolate zucchini bread? Even better, chocolate zucchini cake?
Work them into a lasagna I need to make for Friday night?
I’m taking suggestions.
My sister-in-law just told me about a spiralizer/Veggetti that turns (normal-sized zucchini) into spaghetti with a few twists of the wrist. Could I use a mandolin to slice mine finely, then cut them into fatter-than-spaghetti strips and make a version of Pad Thai?
The tomato plants are shooting up and the first Indigo tomatoes are ripening. Zucchini flowers are warning that a glut is on the way. And the walking onions bend and twist as their seeds mature and create another generation.
Filed under: flowers, garden, spring | Tags: allium, black-eyed Susan, coneflowers, coreopsis, hostas, red-hot poker, rose campion
I’m looking out the window and seeing rabbits in a neighbor’s yard. Just don’t let me see the groundhog! We have at least two, and they have done enough damage in the raised beds.
Still, tomato plants are generally thriving, and I’m hopeful we’ll have some early ones in time for the Fourth of July. Zucchini and potato plants are shooting up. My favorite flower, rose campion, is blooming, as is another favorite, red-hot poker (a little late, I think, but then spring was late and started off cool). And I’m excited about this new red-yellow Rudbeckia that blooms much earlier than the traditional yellow black-eyed Susan. I’m guessing it comes from one of two places where I plucked a flower head and then planted it. I’m hoping it spreads like crazy.
Here’s a look at some of what’s blooming in the garden just a few days before the official start of summer:
Rose campions are in lots of places:
Day lilies above and below:
The first of the many coneflowers to come:
A faded allium:
A new addition to the hosta collection:
Filed under: fall, garden, vegetables | Tags: cold frame, salad greens, vegetable garden
It’s Dec. 6. We had a dusting of snow just before Thanksgiving — thankfully it didn’t stick. This week will be the last time the township collects leaves and yard debris until March, so we did our best to send them off with a few big piles (and that’s after the really big pile of leaves turning into compost behind the forsythia at the back of the yard).
But what’s still growing in the cold frame?
There’s plenty of red (bee balm) and white (daisies) — and if you look closely, you might find a speck of blue-ish nepeta walker’s low tucked in there. Well, it’s there, if not in the photo.
Or if you prefer it all spread out, also across the garden:
Happy Fourth of July!