Larry planted tomatoes this week, 75 plants that included several varieties: Early Girl, Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Amish Paste, Yellow Pear, Mr. Stripey, Lemon boy, Delicious and Siberian. He left a row for peppers, which I'd like to hold off on for a few more days to let them grow a bit more.
The early garden is thriving: in this garden are onions, beets, peas, leeks, radishes, stonehead and savoy cabbages, celery (far at the top), spinach, chard, carrots (barely up), and Romaine lettuce. Half-runner beans are just coming up at the far left. Those are grapevines up against the building in the rear.
Corn, more beans (Royal Burgundy), and the potatoes are in a different, larger garden. We still have one small area and one more garden to plant: squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, pole beans, and Indian corn will go in there. I will also plant a row of flowers--and some ornamental cotton--in front of the tomato garden.
This is a "volunteer" flower bed. Seeds and plants left from last year seem to have it pretty well taken care of--mostly cosmos, parsley, and honesty (also called money plant). I may need to enlarge it because I have a lot of plants in the greenhouse that need to go somewhere.
The herb garden is out of control. Here you can see from bottom center, thyme, feverfew,purple sage,lemon balm gone amuck, bee balm also mucking about, lemon thyme, and in the back but not visible baby's breath, copper fennel (which is seeding itself everywhere), rosemary, and chives. Somehow I've got to conquer this mess and make room for more herbs--like dill, basil, etc. Once the spent daffodils are out, there will be space. There WILL be space. (I have to convince myself.)
I got a nice surprise the other day when I noticed a bright spot of pink by the bird feeder. I'd planted this clematis two years ago. It struggled along and I'd forgotten it was there. Now it's in beautiful bloom. I found the second one I planted too, doing well although no blooms yet.