My oh my.
Mother Nature has been good to us so far this gardening season. After a gorgeous long sun day, we had a gentle rain start right at bed time. It was so perfect, so soft, and just the right way to end the day.
Our rain barrels were filled this morning, and all of our gardens looked happy.
Ocean came to check on things with me this morning. She likes to check our raised ‘greens’ boxes first. We had baby bunnies in one raised box a few years ago, and she loves bunnies, raised ours, and loves to be with them. So each morning, she checks, just in case. This particular greens box has already been cut back twice, used everyday, and we have two frozen bags of green cubes for winter use. Small but mighty!
Our pond that we built last year, is used more than we thought. Our dogs love it.
$eeker and Story go in after they have been worked, or just to cool off on a hot day. Ocean likes to take a dip in the morning, after our garden work, just to hang out. She just lounges in the cool water, floats a little, and enjoys the morning sun on her face. It must feel so good on her old bones, it looks like it feels awesome anyway. She seems to enjoy a ten minute soak every morning. You have to love the Gran Dames, they just know what they like!
A few of you wanted to know what greens I am growing this year. I always rotate, it’s better for the soil, to avoid pests, and our taste buds like it that way as well. So here is what I have started.
Kale & mixed lettuces together.
Kale & a different mix of lettuces.
Three varieties of bush beans.
Orac. This is a red ‘homestead’ spinach. The plant grows to about 7′ tall, the leaves are thicker, and vary from burgundy to chartreuse. We like the bigger older leaves, as they hold up well when cooked, great in stir fry. We actually don’t plant this anymore, it just reseeds every year and grows wherever it wants too. Super hardy, like the dandelion.
My other flower beds, well here is more. The lilacs smell so good right now, the yard is perfumed. Simply my favorite time!
My Pink Oriental Poppy. This plant in full bloom is jaw dropping gorgeous.
Renn’s Clover Mounds. They give our shade garden a fairy like feel. I love them!
Our dark Clover Mounds already starting to bloom.
Purple Dragons. This ground cover is hardy in Zone 4, but almost on the invasive side. I have to pull up new starts all over the place, all of the time!
Montana Purple Centennial.
Rose Shrub. This is a gorgeous Mexican rose color when in bloom. The only rose anything that has survived a winter here, and it is going into it’s 7th year with us! woop!
Enjoy your day, enjoy your time out and about with your dogs, enjoy some dirt beneath your finger nails! It just feels good this time of year! Nancy