Weather-wise, this weekend was a real mixed bag, nearly 90 degrees on Saturday plunging to the 50s on Sunday. We are safe from freezing by now, knock on wood, and the plants seem to be weathering the weather. Once again, the alphabetical approach:
Annuals: The marigolds I planted from seed are flowering now – miraculous! I got a calibrochoa and some celosia too. Last year I had some lobelia and verbena and poppies, which I loved. Perennials make more sense in terms of money and time, but a few annuals are so nice for their bright colors.
Berries: We got to eat one beautifully red strawberry, but that brings the score to Humans: 1, Squirrels/birds: 1+????? I’m going to have to put netting around the berries if we want to eat any more this year. The raspberries and blueberries are developing too, but not ripe yet.
Coral bells: New! I read in the garden catalog that they have colorful foliage and do well in part shade, so I got one each of three varieties to plant in the back yard, between the daylilies and the hellebore.
Herbs: The rosemary in the ground had been thriving, but then suddenly sort of shriveled and shrunk and wilted/dried up. I got another one and put it in a pot. Got some parsley, too. Basil is in with the tomatoes, still on the small side, but looking healthy for the most part.
Peas: The sweet peas never did emerge, but the Wando shelling peas are growing. None have quite latched onto the teepee yet, but they are sending out little tendrils…
Sunflowers: The seeds I planted in the ground sprouted and were looking good and healthy, but they have disappeared. Critters!
Tomatoes: Mine that I started from seed are much smaller than the ones in the nursery now, but I’m hoping they’ll catch up.
Wildflowers: The wildflower mix has sprouted! I can’t tell what everything will be yet, but it’s nice to have a little mystery in the garden.