Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Soggy Works In Progress

Rain, to some, is a curse.

To me, it is a blessing.

Now granted, we have had a lot of rain lately...

and there is much standing water on the ground.

Luckily, the rain subsided enough for us to get out and clean the pastures.

A few days of sunshine will dry it all up, though.
And sunshine is on tap for later today and tomorrow.
The blessing is - no watering needs to be done.
I planted a lot of flowers on Monday... and yesterday's rain gave them all a good drink.

I am in the process of starting a rose garden.
To me there is nothing more wonderful than cutting fresh rosebuds to bring in the house.
And this project will give me the chance to learn something new in the gardening realm.

I am so excited about this particular rosebush...

It's name is Frida Kahlo... a perfect name for this showy floribunda rose!
I am also planting a pink "Queen Elizabeth" rose and a lemon yellow "Ch-Ching" rose.
Neither are blooming yet, so I am borrowing this photos.

Both are Grandiflora roses.
I am dreaming of creating a rose garden that encircles a seating area.
Most likely this project will be one that takes a bit of time.

You asked yesterday how it is we have ripe tomatoes.
We don't. 

But these folks do!

From the first of May until our own tomatoes are ready,
we get delicious tomatoes at this Amish farm...

where the tomatoes are started in this hot house in January.

It is amazing that a hot house tomato can taste just like a home-grown.
Lucky for us... these do!

In our own garden we are continuing to harvest a big handful of asparagus on a daily basis.
Last night I picked spinach - enough for dinner...

and a bouquet of lovely radishes.

You also asked about our sweet potato vines.
We plant the vines in the spring, and we harvest the sweet potatoes in September.
So although the entire summer's produce is in the ground all at the same time....
the harvest times vary significantly.

You also asked about this wisteria "tree".

I planted this wisteria years ago on a tall post that was home to a couple bird houses.
And like wisteria does... it grew wild and crazy.
Last week we removed all of the lower limbs and trimmed it into tree shape.
It was a matter of self preservation.
You see, every time we mowed, it would reach out it's lower limbs and try to 
strangle us.
Luckily you can trim the heck out of wisteria...
it is virtually impossible to kill.

Lastly... here is another work in progress...


Louise Stopford said...

Absolutely wonderful Bev!! Can't wait to see the "Butterfly Garden" in the summer. Your place really does look like heaven on earth. Thanks, once again, for taking the time to share this beauty.

WendyFromNY said...

I can't wait to see the perennial flowers either! What is in the bird cage, and why does it need to be covered?

littlemancat said...

Enjoyed the video and loved the accompanying music that you selected. SO tranquil. Could you share what it is with us?

jaz@octoberfarm said...

those radishes! mine aren't forming again this year. what am i doing wrong? i can't wait to follow your gardens this whole season. i'm planting zinnias everywhere this year. they sure grown easily. if you want a nice light pink climbing rose that grows fast, blooms spring and fall and is easy to care for...try 'new dawn'.

Patsy from Illinois said...

Love the garden and I love the stones. Did you get them from your property?

Beverly Frankeny said...

That is the theme from The Secret Garden.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Your property is so beautiful!! You are blessed to live in an Amish community, with their farms nearby to supplement your own home grown produce. Just lovely, what a heavenly spot you live in!

Missy George said...

The rain has things bursting at the seams..Your Perennial garden is off to a good start..Do you want that vine growing up the tree?? It could very well kill it..Maybe it's your plan..?? Good luck with your roses..I'm sure they will be beautiful..high maintenance ;)..Your radishes are amazing..Enjoy the sunshine..more rain this weekend..

Lynne said...

What a wonderful Bee Haven World . . .

Anonymous said...

I have followed your blog for a few years now because its fun and inspiring, awesome photos and stories only a wordsmith could put together. I comment today because I really needed a laugh today, so when you said you cut the wisteria back for self preservation I laughed so long and hard it made me happy! Thank you sweet lady


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