Rainy Bloom Day

May Dreams Gardens' Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day always encourages me to take stock--stop and smell the roses, if you will. 

After eight years gardening in the Mid-Atlantic, I've noticed that occasionally the summer just peters out early, whether we get really hot weather or not. I wonder if that is why my okra is just limping along? 

I can't complain about all the rain, even though the mosquitos mostly chase me inside. I wait for better weather for transplanting and time to plant the fall seeds. As always, the ornamental garden is a work in progress, with some definite bright spots. 

Like this fragrant little mystery plant, which I determined to be American false pennyroyal, Hedeoma pulegioides. It's nice when something randomly pops up that is not a weed. I think I will move it out of the vegetable garden before the winter squash eats it and let it spread all over, anywhere I can smell the leaves. Until we have "Smell-O-Vision" through the internet, you will just have to imagine a combo of Anise hyssop and pennyroyal mint. It's got teeny purple flowers that I cannot capture.

The mist flower (Ageratum) has begun its late-summer takeover. 

Limelight towers and then flops, with sunburned blooms.

There is enough Joe Pye weed to outrun the rabbits.

Some of my Echinacea survived the marauding rabbits, too. Here it is with butterfly weed and Salvia "May Night."

The rest had to be planted inside the rabbit fence.

I moved these Verbena plants at just the worst time, but they bounced back beautifully. Still on the agenda: more grasses like these.

All this Salvia, but I've only seen one hummingbird this summer. They are probably in the front yard on the honeysuckle.

Happy gardening!

Time Travel

The blog is languishing, but the garden isn't. Still working! Here is a recap of late spring and early sumer.

Next up, chipmunk woes, and the sunny garden takes shape.

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!