Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Get It While You Can
I guess this is just a little photo update of what's going on around here now. Whole different set of plants blooming now in the driveway flower bed. The daisy-like flowers in the foreground is Feverfew. I need to pick a good supply of the flowers to dry for tea. It funny 'cause last summer these disappeared but I guess the seeds survived in the ground and came up this year.
I FINALLY got a clematis vine to bloom! It's not very big but has lovely flowers on it. I'm not sure why I have such trouble with these.
Most of the garden is doing quite well. On the right you can see the first bits of the peas and green beans coming up.
The broccoli has done much better this year; larger heads and all. I have harvested about 4 quarts of the stuff so far. Ate two and froze two. I still have about 6 plants that I have not touched. I may pull up some of the ones I've cut and use the space to plant some more hot weather crops and leave a few broccoli to produce the occasional side crop, if it will. I'll sow another crop towards fall to try to have some for the winter.
The raspberries are doing great!! Fingers crossed! The birds have been rough on my strawberries and I had to put netting over them; may have to do the same with these. I'm not much on preserving raspberries so I'll probably just gorge myself on them fresh! It's a fine trade-off to me. Fresh, plump berries for a few weeks as opposed to mushy, mediocre berries all year round.
Good bug or bad bug?? He didn't seem to be eating my plant; just kinda hanging out. Beautiful design work on 'em. Maybe a warning symbol to birds not to eat?
Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird have raised one brood already this year and have started on their second! I moved their nesting box into the fenced garden area after those damn raccoons ate their babies last year. Now all those coons will get is a handful of hot wire if they try to get at them. The bluebirds really seem to enjoy this area, even with us occasionally working in the garden. And they patrol the garden regularly for bugs to feed their babies and themselves. The garden is really starting to deliver the goods and all the critters like the birds and worms and such are very active in it. I think I'm almost as proud of the garden as I am of the house.