Normally gardeners are in their "runners take your marks" positions in early spring. They wait with anticipation as spring flowers and foliage begin to emerge. Once blooms start in spring, a seasoned gardener knows that having succession blooms throughout the next six months is important. It's what keeps the gardener (and friends) coming back to the garden. What's going to bloom next? It takes some practice and experience to figure out what will succeed each showstopper with another showstopper. It also takes time. When starting a garden, or starting over as I have essentially done this year, there are lulls in bloom time and what is in bloom can be so small that it quickly loses excitement. Here in my garden I'm at a lull folks! The same flowers have been blooming for quite a while and so I am in the "runners take your marks" position at a strange time of the year here in late May.
At any rate, let's take a walk down the path and see what is going on in my "lull" garden right now.
|Still my favorite container this year. It makes me happy every time I look at it!|
|'Caribbean Breeze' Rose|
|'Homestead Purple' Verbena|
|'Blue Star' Juniper|
|New containers filled with ferns, caladiums and dragon leaf begonias.|
Ahhh, the vegetable garden...the one place where everything is going well. Lots of rain in the last few weeks mixed with warm, but not intolerantly hot temps have made the vegetable plants very happy and some have started to produce already. The tomatoes, eggplant and peppers were purchased as plants. The beans, cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini were seeds sown outdoors.
|'Big Rainbow' Heirloom Tomato|
|'Mr. Stripey' Heirloom Tomato|
|Baby heirloom tomatoes on 'Rutgers'|
|Zucchini - took advice to wrap a cloth around the base of the plant so squash vine borers can't get in.|
|'Blue Lake' Bush Beans|
|'German Queen' Heirloom Tomato|