The lilac down in the far east corner of the property is still blooming beautifully. I brought a few branches in along with one raceme of the wisteria that is decking the pergola in blue-violet lace. Here is the resulting bouquet.
It really smells delicious.
We have spent the weekend getting the vegetable garden whipped into shape. This is how it looked when I was almost done with the job this afternoon.
As you can see, we got the cold frames picked up and put away on the fence. I have promised not to throw any rocks that direction. Or even near that direction. At present, the greens that we ate on all winter are now busy going to seed. If I just let this go for a couple of weeks, I’ll have all the seeds I need for planting next year’s winter garden. I think the idea of saving my own vegetable garden seeds really turns me on. It’s like getting automatic food.
We had to do some serious speed weeding in this garden, getting the broccoli bed ready to cover with floating row cover. In addition to getting the weeds beaten back (using my favorite weeding too, the Cobra Head Weeder), I spread mulch from the compost pile that has been cooking all winter. The robins, blue jays, and brown thrashers think that mulching is great, since I throw all the japanese beetle grubs that I find over the garden fence into the plum thicket. I think the contrast of that black compost with the lettuces makes the bed extremely photogenic.
Those hoops have floating row cover installed over them now. I anticipate the broccoli becoming lush and tall under the protection of that filmy polyester webbing. I did not get back out and get a picture of how the garden looks now that the row cover is up. Mañana. After I got down on my knees for that artistic shot of the baby lettuces, I stepped to the far corner of the garden. I am standing under the grape arbor for this shot, looking back towards the barn.
The bed on the left has the garlic going crazy in it. This is about the fourth generation of garlic we have put in. By now the variety we have selected for is uniquely suited for the microclimate here. Right in front is the trellis where the pole beans will be climbing. I got them planted today, too. Behind that bed is the bed that has the potatoes in it. The area with hoops is destined to have the eggplant, and in between there will be melons. The bed on the right contains the onion patch. The section of bed right in the foreground got planted with shallots yesterday, and I mulched it lightly today. In the background on the right you can see the cold frame garden going berserk. Jim installed all that drip tubing. It really does a great job, and when the plants get a little bigger I will spread some clean straw mulch over these beds to conserve water.
Tomorrow I am going to have to get busy and plant my daffodils out in the labyrinth. I also intend to fill in the line I have planted in the City’s right of way. I’ve got a lot of bulbs I had to clear out of spots they were too crowded. Here they are waiting my attentions under my potting bench.
I spent some quality time out in the pond the other day. It had gotten way over populated with gold fish, which have been busy breeding like rats. I ran a bunch of the pond water out using the pump that makes the waterfall work. The big evergreens on the other side of the fence got a nice deep watering. Meanwhile, I chased the fish around and freaked out the occasional salamander newt that I caught in my dip net. I caught a couple who were clasped together in the throes of passion, and felt very sorry I disturbed them. I went out to see how the cleaned out pond looks, and caught a sun dog reflected in the surface of the water.
Never a dull moment around here.