What's going on in the garden? By this time of year you'd think we'd be up to our ears in garden chores. The rain and cooler temperatures have kept gardening at a minimum this year.
Here's what's going on now:
The seedlings have been moved out to the greenhouse. They should start growing well now. I've opened their "ziplock" individual greenhouses so they can really stretch. Even some of the lavender seeds came up! Now, can I keep them going? I've never had much luck there, but if I can get even one plant a seed packet is cheaper than buying plants.
Onions, snow peas, broccoli and cabbage went in the ground this week. We got our first radishes of the year and the lettuce is not far behind--it's still later than usual due to the cold.
In the flower gardens, the bushes and fruit trees are in full bloom. The little fruit trees planted last year-a cherry, a plum, an apple, a peach and a mulberry-all survived the heat and drought of last summer and the cold and snows of winter. The peach and mulberry were seedlings in the yard and are coming along quite well in their new home.
Daffodils are almost done and the tulips are blooming. I added some new ones this year and it's so nice to see them in bloom. I want to add more next year for more color variety. Anyone want to trade daffodil bulbs for tulip bulbs?
Larry put down 10 bags of mulch on Saturday and it looks really pretty. We need about 30 more before we're done but this is a good start. He's got 10 more bags on the truck, ready to spread when the weather is more cooperative.
In the "wild garden" that surrounds us, the violets are blooming, the redbuds are peeking out and the bees are very, very busy. Larry walked into the woods on Sunday and came out with these:
Morels! Also known as mollymoochers, muggles, wild fish, hickory steaks and probably other names too. That was dinner for Sunday night, with fried potatoes, a salad and a bottle of Shiraz. Perfect. Derek and Amy and boys came over to enjoy it with us.
That's about it for the gardens. I've been busy getting my retirement paperwork completed--and a confusing maze it is. It's enough to make a person want to just keep working! Not really.
What's going on in your garden? Anything exciting to report?