Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Peek at Part of the Garden

Although we've been having more rainfall than usual, it's nothing like some of you who are nearly to the point of flooding.  I feel so bad for all of you who have lost portions (or all!) of your garden to the excess amounts of water.

When we got up this morning, it looked a little gray but nothing too serious.  A half hour later it started to pour as hard as I've seen it.  Like someone turned on a huge shower head with maximum water pressure.  Now a little after 4 p.m. it's still quite wet out there.  Water is standing the "valleys" between my hilled up potato rows.  Methinks the ground is saturated.

The wood in our big wood shed is starting to lean out again.  Sigh.  We're not had this problem before, and we're beginning to think it must be the ground doing wibbley-wobbley things because of all the moisture in it.

Usually by this time of year, I have flowers in the garden to bring inside.  Nothing close to that this year.  Even the wildflowers seem to be behind their normal schedule.  (Oh, Sunshine, where are you?)

The new strawberries seem happy with the weather conditions though.  These are some of the new June bearing plants we put in this spring.  They're about 12" high and about as wide.

For the last couple of years I've been planting my two zucchini plants on a mounded up hill in the middle of a raised bed with nasturtiums on either side and liking the way it looks.  I should have zucchinis by now but the durn things aren't even blossoming yet.  Not enough warmth, I suppose.

Lots of blossoms on my two cherry tomato plants, but no sign of fruits forming yet.

Can you spot the sunflower inside my tepee trellis that has morning glories planted at the base of it?  The sunflower was a volunteer, and I'm hoping to train the head of it to peek out from within before the morning glories cover the trellis completely.

My loverly purple poppies are just starting to bloom.  I'd cut them for a gorgeous bouquet , but they don't like that, throw a fit and die - kerplop - immediately when cut.

No garden work today, just catch up stuff inside, a trip to the recycling center, post office, bank and co-op to pick up a special order I'd put in.

I worked hard, hard, hard in the garden yesterday.  One reason I like gardening is the good exercise I get when doing it.  But sometimes I do wonder if I'd feel better if I didn't push my body so much.  Nah.  'Tis much better to wear out than to rust out!


Anonymous said...

we've had so much rain that most of my tomatoes are splitting and rotting on the vines. my cabbage size of tennis balls and splitting. we've lost all broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprout due to rain. I'm hoping
the potatoes will be good.

Sue said...

Gee-those poppies look familiar! Those are the only things doing really terrific for me this year. I agree-the weather has been too cold for anything but salad greens and the cole crops. But I'll take it!!! I despise summer with it's heat and humidity and BUGS. This year has been pretty good so far. Plentiful rains well spaced have made life a lot easier as well.

Hubby and I spent the whole morning yesterday shovelling mulch for a new addition to our blueberry patch. It was the first day all week that we had TIME to be at home. Errands every day--which does not make for a happy Sue. So much better at home.
Hope your woodpile holds. Perhaps driving a couple fence posts in front with a few long boards for support?

Mama Pea said...

Sue - All that hard, hard work in the garden and to lose most of it because Mother Nature has been cranky this summer. I'm truly feeling your pain. Fingers crossed for your potatoes.

Kristina said...

I'm flooded out again today. Your garden looks great. I'm thinking of trading my car in for a row boat, ha ha!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - I can't walk by or gaze out at the poppies without thinking of you! I already have plans for them in the new flower bed in front of the new deck. If that ever gets done.

We are wakening to thick, thick fog this morning. Everything outside is drenched. Rain again over night. Didn't need it.

Yeah, I've practically been dreaming of Rube Goldberg contraptions we can make to hold the wood tiers upright in the wood shed. We could nail old 1 x 6" boards all the way across the front. That might be the easiest. Of course, then when we have to take the boards off to access the wood, would we have a wood avalanche? Probably.

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - I sure hope you dry out before winter freezing. That could do bad things to building foundations and a lot of other things. I'll bet that's why the corner of your big barn just collapsed . . . the corner foundation probably gave way.

Susan said...

Wow! those poppies are amazing! Things are just staring to appear in my garden - they are at least three weeks behind, but I'm not complaining. Besides, what good would that do? :)

Laurie said...

Your garden looks amazing!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - It's so strange, even though the veggies in my garden are far behind usual (like yours), the greenery in the garden looks blowsy and overgrown like it does in late August. I guess it has something to do with all our rain?

I love the looks of poppies but these purple ones (seeds originally from Sue of the gorgeous flower gardens) are my very favorite.

Mama Pea said...

Thank you very much, Laurie! What a nice thing to say.

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

We haven't had rain in about 1 1/2 weeks, it's pretty hot.....I'll take some of your rain now, when you send it make sure you don't all of it. Just maybe 1-2 inches will do :-PP

Your garden beds always looks amazing Mama Pea and I know why......cuz you're working, and not collecting rust!!!

You have nasturtiums on each side of your zucchini plants. I know they're several flowering plants people plant next to vegetable plants to deter bugs. Did you plant your nasturtiums to help repel bugs? If that's the case, I need to make sure to do that next planting season.

Those are some really great looking strawberry plants. I'm thinking of strawberry shortcake again :P
and I shouldn't because we had some earlier this evening.

I love your poppies, what a beautiful color. To bad they die off when you cut them to make a flower arrangement for the house.

Enjoy your evening!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Oh, yes, if only we could "share" rainfall (and sunshine!). I don't think Mother Nature has that in her plans for any time soon!

I didn't think about bug repellant when planting the nasturtiums next to the zucchini. I know a lot of folks have big trouble with squash beetles, but we don't seem to have that problem up here. (Knock on wood!)

I think I mentioned I make a Strawberry Shortcake only once a year, but I made a second one last night. Just couldn't resist!

Hope you weekend is a good one, Sandy. And that you get some of that rain that is badly needed.

I always appreciate and enjoy your comments!

Bateman Homestead said...

Such beautiful stuff you have going there!