Saturday, June 15, 2013

Got to Get Back to the Garden . . .


We've been blessed with rain and the weeds are rampant in the garden that two weeks ago was so nicely groomed. Back to the garden for some weed extraction! 

The temperature was pleasant and it was a joy to be outside with my fingers in the dirt and to see how my garden was growing . . .   

Lovage (a celery-tasting herb) in bloom . . .

The little artichoke plants are taking hold . . .

The Glass Gem corn and the Dixie Speckled Butterpea Beans are coming along . . .

Old Man William supervised . . .

A tiny (smaller than my little fingernail) wild iris blossom-- Blue-eyed Grass . . .

The yellow flowers are Rue and the feathery stuff is Bronze Fennel . . . 
I save the fennel seed but haven't a clue of what to do with the rue. . . 

Wouldn't the sky be boring if there were no clouds?

This is the artichoke plant that produced 5 or 6 globes last year, back for a fourth season. . .

I sowed nasturtium seeds in the asparagus bed in hopes of abundant, edible blossoms later on . . .forgetting that they bloom better in less rich soil. We'll see. . .

Zucchini and yellow squash -- John is thrilled ;-) . . .

A tiny Cherokee Purple tomato . . .we have high hopes and are dreaming of BLTs . . . 

And (below) a Mullein (Verbascum) which is a weed but so architecturally striking that I always leave some to enjoy. Mullein has medicinal uses but I've never explored them. . .
 
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11 comments:

Ms. A said...

I'm anxious to see that glass gem corn!

Helene Adams said...

Good Morning, all. I know that Rootworkers use Rue a lot of times in their infusions. Make it into a perfume to add to your bath water for prosperity or luck. Or add to your floor washes to clean out bad luck and bring protection to the house. Its a great herb. It was also one of 22 herbs that was used in the so called Plague herb back in the 1600's to prevent the plague. As far as mullein goes, I just remember drying them out to be used as Candle wicking.

My 2 cents for the day. Hope all have a super day.

Helene

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your supervisor is adorable.
Sam

Brian Miller said...

purple tomatos? that should go well with the gem corn...ha...people wont know what to think at dinner...smiles...shh no talking though the supervisor is watching...smiles.

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Helene! The rue is so abundant that it's a shame not to use it.

Carol Murdock said...

Everything looks wonderful Vicki!
Ours is coming in now. Lots of rain almost got the squash but now that we've had some dry days and heat it's making. Tomatoes are doing great, let the canning begin!

Martin said...

Love these shots of your garden, Vicki. A labour of love, obviously.

Star said...

Lots to look at there Vicki and all doing well. I have planted some nasturtiums too, this time in my front border. I think I will have lots of different colours if they do well. Your garden is lovely with lots of interest.

Darla said...

Love how your garden is growing, and it's a good thing that William was on the job supervising or, heavens, you might have gotten completely out of control. ;-) All the lush greenery is so soothing to my dry eyes...thanks!

Mary Anne Rudolph said...

Love the title to this post. I still play Woodstock at loud volume in my car as I travel around. And wish I could watch jet plane bombers in the sky turning into butterflies above our nation.
We experienced an F1 tornado in the storm that hit Cosby the other day. Came right down Indian Camp Creek and downed dozens of trees, some onto cabins and vehicles. Luckily we just had trees down on the bottom of our property. Tending the garden indeed.

Vicki Lane said...

Good for you, Mary Ann, for catching the reference in the title. Some parts of our past are indelible...