Tuesday evening, the hottest day of 2020, so far. It’s a good day to do an armchair garden tour because it’s too hot to move.
The garden is charging straight into Summer this week. Yarrow, Ozark sunflowers, tomatoes, zinnias and more.
There are a few different types of tomatoes planted in the garden this year. Hanging upside down is Old German; Sweetie cherry tomatoes rein from a large pot in the front yard. Tigerella tomatoes are minding the path at the side of the house. They are all flowering now.
Two types of milkweed are currently flowering: Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) are both are favourite foods of Monarchs and other butterflies. Last year there were more monarch caterpillars than ever, which is great because that was the whole point in growing milkweed. I hope to see that many again.
Bring on the Beans. And Peas. And Tomatoes.
The rabbits have eaten all of the beans in the front yard, but they forgot to check the back where a few plants crouch, hidden. A few peas in the front yard have managed to survive the attentions of the furry rascals, but not many. It’s a good thing they’re cute.
Old German tomatoes have started to fruit.
Unknowns & Experiments
Daylillies have started to flower. There are two in the yard that took years before they flowered, and now their names are lost to the ages.
At the side of the house persists a lone Bunchberry. It came home from the NANPS Spring Plant Sale in 2019 as an experiment. Could I keep it alive? Was the soil acidic enough? In August of last year the answer to both questions was apparently “no”, but it has arisen and is growing well!
A few early bloomers of Echinacea started last week, but they were weak and pathetic things. This week they’re ready to go! I planted some of them at the back of the yard on the other side of the runoff creek this Spring, so I’m excited to see how they do there.
Coming into bloom soon are more daylillies, monarda, and hydrangea.