Gardening Catchup Day
After a weekend away and a flurry of emails this morning, I settled into being home. I was able to catch up on some of the ongoing weeding and tidying that I don’t always get to. All in all, the gardens looks great and blooms are everywhere. I’m especially delighted with my Daphne near the new woodshed. It is having the best show it has ever had and tiny flowers are changing from white to a shade of light fuchsia. The scent is deliciously sweet.
Years ago, an old-time gardener told me that the best way to treat a daphne is simply to ignore it. I took the advice, giving it water now and then, and pruning only if a limb were in the process of breaking off.
The first berries to start filling out are Gooseberries (above). I’m hoping that I will have enough from this 2nd year plant for a mini-pie.
These are second year Shuksan Strawberries blossoms, my favorite northwest variety. There should be enough for a pie or two, especially if paired with some of the rhubarb that I picked, chopped, and froze last week.
The Rainbow Chard is going to seed, and since it did so well here I’ll save and share with neighbors and friends in my little micro-climate. It’s been great having homegrown chard in breakfast eggs, salads, soups, and quiches. This particular one has a beautiful variegated stem, too.
In the front yard the Columbine…
…and Dutch Iris have put on their best ball gowns…
…and Sweet Gretapie is overseeing it all. 🙂