The time has come to give our garden a rest. The heat and humidity of our zone 9A summers has done in the veggies. The soil is dried out from not enough rain and my stubborn refusal, at this point, to water anymore since the plants are at their ends. It’s time for clearing out the garden.
We were so excited to try out Camino Europa melons from our seed trials with P. Allen Smith. Evidently, so were the worms. They beat us to the proverbial punch and munched away on our first melon. We started growing these melons in early summer as part of our seed trials. Never having grown or eaten them, we…
While we waited out a pop-up thunderstorm at the big box hardware store, Girl Wonder #2 found a packet of watermelons on the floor. Guess what came home with us? Watermelons. And cucumbers and zinnias and passion flower vine seeds. Guess what had to be planted before we had turned the van off? Her watermelons.…
We had an opportunity earlier this summer to help build a garden at a local assisted living. An Eagle Scout had built 2 beautiful elevated garden boxes for the residents and filled them with soil. A very generous friend of the center, who formerly owned a small nursery, generously donated her expertise and extra plants for the boxes. The Wonder Kids were asked to add a few veggies and help plant out the boxes. It was an offer we couldn’t turn down.
Friends, we’ve gotten to that point in the summer where we have to start purging the non-productive garden plants. We’re hitting the hottest part of the season and there is no room for lollygaggers. The time has come to say “bye-bye” to the beans.
Let’s play a garden game, shall we? After all, it’s Wednesday!
Remember how excited I was a few weeks back about our possible blackberry lily? I was over the moon that I might finally have one to call my own. (Yes, I’m too cheap to buy one but read the previous post and it’ll make sense.) Well, the lily bloomed. I was not as happy as…
Girl Wonder #2 is obsessed with planting the peas. She overhead me talking to our friend and garden guru Mrs. Christine about planting peas all summer because they can tolerate the heat. After we discussed what “tolerate the heat” meant, she decided that the peas were hers and she was going to plant them all summer.
Tropical Storm Colin came through our area yesterday and overnight. We mostly had rain and wind but not much damage from either, thankfully. We desperately needed the rain. A microburst came through about 5pm that knocked down a street-full of branches. The garden remained untouched except for the 3″ of rain.
When you discover that you have a great neighbor, you know you have a treasure. Our little neighborhood has a whole mess of great neighbors. We share plants and talks on the stoop. One neighbor in particular is kind enough to let me propogate her gorgeous French Lace hydrangea over the summer.
It’s hard to believe it’s the last Friday in May. Yet, again, another month has flown by and I’m not sure where it went. As we head into a hopefully long and restful weekend, here are a few blooms to ease the transition.