- I planted a hill of cukes and a hill of zukes. Both are up and on their way.
- I managed to revive ten of the tomato plants from the paste collection, and in the process of transplanting them to the garden, mixed up which were which. I doubt the individual fruit will be that distinctive visually, but one can hope. Then maybe we will be able to have a taste test.
- The snap pea vines are about five feet tall this year, and starting to sport pods. The Blue Lake bush beans that I planted inside the pea fence on one side are up. I planted Provider on the other side this past week, and only then remembering that I was going to plant the Provider first because they are supposed to be a good cool-weather bean. Not that it has been very cool around here.
- One of the garlic varieties developed scapes, which I dutifully trimmed off. Both varieties are starting to turn brown at the tips. All the onions are in the ground.
- The potatoes are finally shoving their way through the straw. I was beginning to get worried. There is one more variety that needs to be planted, and they are going into more grow bags.
- More grow bags means I need to blend more container mix. Vermiculite and perlite are kind of difficult to locate, and then can be found only in smallish amounts. Does anyone know a good online source? If you buy baled packages of sphagnum peat moss, Menards is the cheapest, then Lowes, then Home Depot.
- The baby robin in the clematis flew the nest last Thursday while I was dragging the mower past the front door. Still unable to fly properly, it scrambled through my open garage door, so I had to (gently) chase it out of there. It continued down the driveway and across the street, parents in hot pursuit. I hope it found a good bush to hide in. The three eggs in the juniper nest are now one naked birdling. Wonder what happened to the others.
- Robins take baths even when it is raining.
- The wrens were showing an interest in the bluebird house where the sparrows live, so I put up a second wren house. Within minutes, wrens, sparrows, and goldfinch arrived to check out the new digs. It was like an open house in a seller's market. Only the wrens could fit inside.
- Still no takers for the bird bottle.
- I think the cardinals have a nest in the "John Clayton" honeysuckle.
- Hummingbirds are back. They seem interested in the wave petunias, but I'm not sure they actually get any nectar from them.
- From where I am sitting in the West Wing, I can see a young rabbit in the garden, nibbling on whatever. As long as it leaves the good stuff alone!
- My SO and I filled up one side of the compost bin with Canada thistle, and there is still more!
- While chatting with my neighbor the other day, I witnessed two carpenter bees duking it out over the prime real estate of said neighbor's shed.
- Most of the marigolds have been transplanted.
- The smoke bush is starting to smoke.
- The blooms on the 'Chicago Luster' viburnum lagged the ones on the 'Blue Muffin', so I don't think there will be berries this year. I wonder if it is the difference in the ages of the two shrubs, and in future years, their bloom time will overlap?
- The phlox are about done. Now they look kind of ugly.
- The Stellas are blooming, as are the coneflowers.
- Roses are red, and so are keys of heaven and columbine. Tiger lilies, on the other hand, are orange.