So nice to be out in the garden today. It was lovely and sunny, if a bit windy.
Last week, between rain showers, I did manage to get some gardening done. When we were in Cornwall, visiting some very good friends, we went into the bush behind their house and dug up some trout lilies, red trilliums, and some jack-in-the-pulpits which I planted in my shade garden the next day. I also planted some red and yellow trilliums which I purchased the last time I was in Brantford. I was pleased to see that my hostas are finally popping up in the shadier part of that garden. A rabbit (dagnabit) ate one right off last year and there were a few holes here and there in the ground, so I was worried that moles/voles/mice/rabbits had dug them up and eaten them over the winter.
In the vegetable garden, I planted some strawberry plants given to me by another friend. The asparagus is ready to pick now and we had some for supper the other night. This coming week, we should be able to pick spinach (the Regal, anyway, the King of Denmark isn’t quite that far yet) and rhubarb. Yeah!
On the weekend, we put up the two portable greenhouses bought at Home Depot two years ago for $25.00 each! It didn’t take long to fill the first one and the second one gets more in it each day.
I picked some of the Egyptian onions on the weekend and used the bigger ones in with a pork roast. I figured I had better learn to use them or get rid of them.
In the flowerbeds, so many things are blooming now. I just love May and June in the garden. One of my new Pasque flowers is blooming. The purple sand cherry tree is blooming. The bleeding hearts are blooming. The primroses are blooming. And tons of other things are either blooming or getting ready to bloom in the next week or so.
Today I potted up my broccoli seedlings. I kept 16 for myself and also did up 6 for my daughter-in-law. I was pretty proud of myself for composting the rest. Usually I pot up absolutely everything and then have a hard time finding homes for them.
This afternoon, I planted 8 Mortgage Lifter tomatoes into the vegetable gardens and covered them with my water bottle cloches. It’s an experiment. I’ve been gathering these bottles for two years now with this idea in mind. If it works this year, I may try it a week or two earlier next year. Of course, I still have some Mortgage Lifters in reserve in case things go terribly wrong!
Photo 1 – my greenhouses
Photo 2 – tomato plants in water bottle cloches
Photo 3 – Virginia bluebells
Photo 4 – tulip in pathway garden
Photo 5 – old apple tree blooming. The tree itself is actually behind the big spruce tree and two branches of the apple tree wrap around the spruce and come forward.
Fragaria x ananassa
Prunus x cistena
Allium cepa var. profilerum