our poppies started blooming last week, about two weeks earlier than usual. and we have scads of them this year. today i went out to take some photos, i found a host of happy poppy appreciators visiting
honeybees positively swarming over them.
inside and out, these busy creatures were fighting over spots on the flowers
so drunk with whatever they found that they even stood still for photos, more times than not
and the sound—it finally feels like summer when the air hums like this.
actually, they were all over the place—some groups split off and found the slower pace around cranesbill a little more to their liking
the last few days sort of revolved around the garden—since it rained all week and we had just one nice day, i busted a move to get the garden in on wednesday night and thursday while we had a break.
fortunately, that was just enough time to plant all the vegetables i wanted to get in before the storms hit again. i even feel good about the way it’s organized
the stuff we’ll want to pick at for the kitchen—herbs, celery, scallions—are closest to the back door; the greens, beets, beans, okra, and root vegetables are in the middle, with the root vegetables mostly in hard-to-reach spots, where they can sit all summer undisturbed.
i even got myself organized enough to label all the seeded rows with markers—something i always mean to do and then get lazy about. which i regret later, because i can’t remember what’s what—not helpful when i want to know the specific names of varieties i liked best. i added the thinning info right on the stick so when the time comes, i won’t be wanting those seed packets i threw out, heh.
learning from experience = priceless.
i have a row of golden chard from starts that my friend kris gave me, which should be ready to eat before we know it. i’m drooling in anticipation . . .
along one one side we have some old planting boxes which i used for the hot peppers
and along the other side, we totally revamped the asparagus bed one more time, amended the soil, and replanted afresh (except for this one healthy root from a previous year, which we kept). fingers crossed, this time it will take. our soil is rather heavy, but i found some roots that are bred for these conditions, so maybe they will like it.
we rotated the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant to the back this year and the tomatoes have already doubled in height (or more, i think) since we bought them one week ago.
i’m trying something new with the green and yellow squash; something i’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years. i noticed that our squash always grow in the same direction, toward the front lawn, overtaking anything in their path. last year they ended up mowing over half of my greens.
i saw a couple of times where squash plants were used as decorative plantings in front of office buildings or nurseries and i liked that idea (i’ve seen chard used that way too, and i’m plotting . . ). i asked david to dig up planting spots for them on the “lawn” side of the path, so they can grow toward the lawn and away from the other plants. he’s been doubtful about the idea, wondering however he’ll mow around them, but says “we can try it”. i think it’s going to be splendid to have those bright yellow squash flowers facing the street.
hopefully, this will not be the year they decide to grow in retrograde, haha.
we’ll put the mulching and soaker hoses in this week—the forecast is for about ten straight days of nice weather, perfect for the seeds to sprout and take off.
speaking of david, another surprise popped up in the yard that i almost missed.
i love iris and we finally have some, yay!
our honeysuckle vine seems to be responding to the copious rain in the right way, too
a few big blooms opened up today.
and that apple tree david pruned back is covered with fruit, too; maybe some of it will even make it onto our table in the fall
our limited experience of tasting them has been wonderful and we’d love to have more.
with all that going on, i haven’t gotten a ton of knitting done. i wrote the pattern for the baby sweater and sent it off for tech editing and sizing. i also finished the hat to go with it
it’s kind of a dough-boy shape; i like it. we’re hoping the set will fit susan’s grandson so he can wear it for a photo shoot. i decided on a name i like, borrowed from beckie’s husband—he calls their grandson “inky dinky” and i was so taken with that idea that i wanted it for the sweater set.
other than that, i don’t have much. i started a big secret project and have been working on my longjohn sock rather sporadically . . .
i should be able to get back to it with some energy this week, now that the baby set is done.
i’m swatching for new projects too; i need to get going on a shawl, another baby blanket, and that sweater with the spirit trail yarn. i’m also totally out of portable small project to take on my travels in the coming weeks; i’m thinking that another scarf or two and a sock should be on my to-do list (you know, in my copious free time . . .)
we did nice photo shoot over the weekend of the campanula scarf at our favorite nursery with beckie showing it off to great advantage; i ahve to edit the hots, but it’s looking good for getting that pattern out on tuesday or wednesday this week.
ok, that’s enough chatter for today; i think it’s time to knit, don’t you?