Beauty in the Garden

Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  Its been a bit crazy in the house this week as little Clara had to have knee surgery.  She is doing well and looking forward to doing lots of craft projects in the next couple of weeks to keep from getting too bored being unable to run around.

I have been meaning to post this for quite a while.  It was suddenly sunny early in the week at the same moment that both my girls were napping.  Instead of doing the prudent thing and cleaning the chicken coop when I should have, I ran around snapping pictures of the really pretty parts of my yard.  The rain has been pouring down and while my tomatoes consider it much, much too cold, the roses love it.  I guess that’s why Portland has a rose festival this time of year (can’t wait for the grand floral parade on the 12th!  Who wants to join us?).
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My nasturtims and poppies are doing well, but darn if I can grow sweet peas. They just don’t like me at all!
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Elsewhere in the garden the fruit is being well pollinated. You would not believe the number of bees that we have on our raspberries. I keep thinking that maybe one of our neighbors has a hive and I should tap them for some honey… or maybe that should be my next urban farming project. My family might think about disowning me if my only pets are chickens and bees, though.
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And as far a vegetables go, I have everything in the ground, but if it doesn’t warm up soon, I’m not going to have much of a crop. The peas and lettuce are doing great, but everything else is only so-so. Except Adam’s potatoes. They are doing really well. The squashes and cucumbers have not come up yet, but I just planted them last weekend. I have edamame sprouting up, which I am excited to try and grow, as well as brussel sprouts which I had never had until last fall when our friend, Chef Chris, roasted them for us and I’m thrilled that I may have some tall stalks of them towering above my peas soon. The carrots, basil, broccoli, green beans, and tomatoes are all chugging along slowly. And, I was surprised to find that my chard and chives both came back without my help. If the sun would only stay out for a little longer, I would say that we’re starting out well, although slowly, for this year’s garden.
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3 Responses to “Beauty in the Garden”


  1. 1 Rick May 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Our tomato is getting too big to leave in the house. Putting it outside this weekend and covering it with plastic. If we don’t get tomatos your mother will NEVER hear the end of it.

  2. 2 Karen May 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Yeah if I do get tomatoes, he will be estactic! Your pics are beautiful, no making fun of my pics anymore!Missy. Califonia poppies will take over anywhere. Anything coming up along the patio side of the wire fence, God knows we planted alot in there!!If the sweet peas come up they come back every year. I love Brussel sprouts, and roasting is the best–hint, hope they work out, come off in the late fall like Thanksgiving.

  3. 3 Kristen May 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I think that Drew is going to be REALLY excited to come over to Auntie’s house and pick the blueberries and raspberries. He will like your garden too and may try to pull everything out of the ground.. . .


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