A healthy 1" of rain was in the rain gauge this morning as a result of the beautiful, soaking rain we got over night. Today started out dark and foggy, then that lifted and the sun came out for a couple of hours.
Now in early afternoon, the skies are graying up again and we're expecting another thunder storm to pass through. Oops, sounds like I got outside to snap these pictures just in time as I can hear the rain drops starting.
I don't know why chives aren't a part of every flower garden or border as they are one of the first green and growing plants each spring and what can beat the gorgeous blossom display they put on?
My only tomatoes this year are three cherry tomato plants I started inside. Papa Pea helped me put the wire cages around them one day this past week so they can start going gangbusters any time now. We even have yellow blossoms on one plant so far.
This is a 40' row of potatoes I hilled for the first time last week. After being completely covered, the vines are already poking through again. This is a new plot we've been working up and I can't tell you how many tons of rocks we've hauled out of here. At least I think we've gotten all the big ones now. Maybe.
And this is a 20' row of taters that were planted in the field garden a couple of days after the 40' row. They, for some reason, have been very slow to germinate and just now are ready to be hilled up.
I think a planting of multi-colored lettuces is just about as attractive as blooming flowers. (Tastes a lot better, too.)
The sugar snap peas are juuust about big enough to start climbing on their experimental hoop trellis.
Chicken Mama grew some scarlet runner beans last year that bloomed wildly all summer long. She dried and saved some of the seeds and gave them to me at Christmas time so I'd have them to plant in my garden this year. They're growing around my tepee trellis and I'm sure are going to be spectacular. I have carrots planted on either end of this bed but I just thinned them and at the moment they're invisible to the camera's eye!
The cauliflower (closest to camera) and broccoli (two beds in background) are lush and healthy. I've had to stake up some of the broccoli plants that wanted to topple over and lie down in their bed.
My bed of Blanak garlic had very poor germination this spring so I filled in with some parsley and tall marigolds.
The Siberian garlic in another bed has come on in good shape. It's about three feet tall already.
In an effort to have an adequate amount of shell peas fresh frozen this winter, I put in one-third more of them this year. I've planted them on either side of these three trellises and they're looking good . . . but not very tall yet.
Lastly, I tried to strike up a conversation with the geese and asked if they had anything they wanted to add to this post. Apparently, I interrupted their late lunch as they were intent on filling their bellies before the next storm hit.
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