May 2017 Bloom Day

Thanks to May Dreams Gardens for encouraging this sharing!

The native honeysuckle awaits hummingbirds.

The native plant garden has scent from sweet shrub.

The sunny garden is in its usual state of disarray.

The vegetable garden is in bloom too!

Happy gardening!

What's happening in Dinkydo garden?

Well, spring zipped by as usual. A rainy day gives me time to reflect.

The overwintered fava beans did great--I love the flowers! I have one little harvest already and am hoping it will keep producing until summer heat kicks in. We love to grill the pods whole.

Another overwintering success was this broccoli. This cold weather means it might just reach a respectable size before bolting, though those flower clusters are looking pretty large already now that I see them up-close. This variety, either Piracicaba or Di Ciccio, is bred to produce side shoots, so we should get a good harvest either way. I've been battling aphids, which also overwintered, on my kale--a good spray of water seems to temporarily knock them back. 

I'm looking forward to making some rhubarb desserts. The variety that does better in this area has stems that are more green than red, but rhubarb is best when mixed with strawberries and raspberries anyway.

Soon I'll be picking lettuce, peas and pea shoots, garlic scales, and a smattering of greens,  roots, and herbs.

The flower garden is still a work in progress--so much rearranging to do, and I need to divide the floppy irises.

The native honeysuckle is ready for hummingbirds!

Seed Starting Update

I started my tomato, pepper, and tomatillo seeds around the same time as usual (early March), but strange weather has prevented me from getting them into the ground--now some of the tomatoes are flopping all over the place, as is their habit. I barely have room for them on the dining table anymore. Just a few nights with temps in the 40s to get through!

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April Wildflower Walk: Turkey Run

A walk in one of my favorite places was the perfect antidote to a long flight and a nice welcome to spring (fo reals this time). Here are some of the common spring ephemerals you can see in local woods: Dutchman's breeches, toothwort, trout lily, bluebells, swamp cabbage, mayapple (the swirly emerging one), bloodroot, and a couple unknowns (my skills are rusty). I'll have to get back soon to see Trilliums. 

This time of year makes me excited to plant, of course, but especially for local native plant sales. I'll miss my favorite sale this year, but many of the plants I have purchased there have thrived in my garden. One of my favorites is bloodroot. The bloom time is short--they are called ephemeral after all--but the cool wavy leaves make up for it!

Check back soon, my little patch of bluebells will be in bloom, plus native Anemone, Geranium, and many others. Happy Spring!

Call It a Comeback

Just last week, all of the blooms on my Magnolia ("Betty") appeared brown and shriveled from the late frost. While it was bred to bloom in May to avoid this, it always blooms early, and this year that meant February! There must have been plenty of unopened buds hidden, because I went away for five days and returned to nearly full bloom. Now I'll get my favorite part--pink mulch, for a few days at least!