I may be the first to wish you Happy First Day of Summer, but that's only because I'm writing and posting this the evening of the 20th. (Sneaky, huh?)
For some of you, summer weather has been in evidence for quite a while already. Not for us though.
Yep, although we've had a couple of days when we've felt the heat of mid-day as the (infrequently appearing) sun was shining down on us, our weather has remained on the cool side. Still, and yet. Sigh.
The garden isn't doing much while waiting for warm weather to give it a needed boost. (Funny how the weeds don't seem to care what kind of weather is prevalent; they always sprout and grow like . . . well, like weeds regardless.
I think I told someone recently that we got our first strawberries last year on June 27th. My mind is slipping because I just looked at the calendar and saw a notation that the first berries last year were picked on the 21st. Yes, that was early compared to the usual time of right around the 4th of July. This year it looks like the harvest won't begin until at least a week or two later than the first week in July.
Nary a berry showing yet, just blossoms. And I have a suspicion the harvest is not going to be great. Just not as many blossoms as usual.
Considering the radical pruning I had to do on our blueberry bushes this spring in an effort to get rid of the very invasive Witches' Broom fungus, we do seem to have a lot of blossoms on the remaining bushes. (I ended up digging two -- of our best producing bushes, of course -- out completely.)
You may remember I wrote of the girdling some nasty little rodents did this winter on several of the new dwarf fruit trees we started a couple of years ago. We decided to leave them in the ground for this season to see if they might possibly live. Two of them are deader than a door nail, but the remaining ones (both girdled and non-girdled) are loaded with blossoms right now. Late, for sure, and we might not stand a chance of getting ripe apples if we don't have a l-o-n-g fall season, but they currently have so many blossoms on them that we'll have to do some thinning once the apples begin to form.
Our asparagus patch has been going gangbusters. We eat it fresh at least every other day (we had it twice today!) and I've now got more in the freezer than I did for the whole season last year. The season isn't over yet so I know there will be still more for this winter. Yay for the asparagus plants!
That's all there is to report right now. Next post I'll show a couple of new quilted pieces I made for 4th of July decorations.
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