Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
These are more photos from my parents' garden. Buttercups (Ranunculus spp.), creeping veronica (Veronica umbrosa) and ajuga (Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea') grow at the edge of in the woods. The vegetable garden is protected by 5-ft high deer fence.
This is a special posting in honor of Memorial Day. The photos are from a visit to Mom and Dad's house. In the flower border, the columbine is in full bloom. Iris and poppies are fully budded. In the lawn, the mower has left tall patches of buttercups and ajuga covered with honey bees. Dad has planted the tomatoes, basil, pumpkins, peas, cukes, beets, spinach, etc. in the vegetable garden. Best of all are all the nesting birds. Wrens are nesting in the house at the edge of the yard, chickadees in the green birdhouse, a robin has made a beautiful mud-lined nest in the lilac (no eggs yet), and a catbird is in a hemlock near the deck and has laid 4 bright blue eggs.
garden birds (Hortus Aves)
Sunday, May 28, 2006
This is my gardening partner. I'm not sure how helpful he really is. On a hot day, he digs in under a cool bush near me. He walks through the gardens like I planted them just for him. And I worry he'll discover the vegetable plants are more tasty than grass. But, no matter, there is nothing like a friend who follows you everywhere. My buddy, Skippy.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
The tomatoes are in the ground. 16 plants: 6 early girl, 6 supersonic, 2 bradywine and 2 yellow brandywine. The ground still seems cold, but sun and warmer weather are forecast. I planted 6 egglants in with the flowers in the border against the house, hoping they will stay warmer there.