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.
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: