I have some more work to do in the garden, but this has proven to be a busy month. So, I’ve been more passive observer than active gardener these days.
I do have some interesting developments I’d thought I’d share!
So last year, I planted some arugula, but then never removed it at the end of the season. It went to seed and guess what…
I’ve now got arugula all over the garden. It’s seriously in every raised bed, and in some cases, growing in between the rocks on the ground! Looks like we’ll be eating salad for awhile.
Speaking of volunteers, here’s a tomato plant that also popped up.
And some chard and a nasturtium, for good measure. At this point, it’s pretty much anyone’s guess what’s going to grow where in the garden!
I also don’t mind volunteers such as salal when it creeps on over from the neighbor’s fence!
I added this honeysuckle last year and it’s growing quite contentedly in a container towards the back of the garden. I’m excited to see that it’s about to blossom. Last year, it attracted tons of hummingbirds and smelled incredible!
Speaking of flowers, check out this beauty! I planted this last year, and it’s popped back again. I don’t recall what it is – do any of you know?
This year I’ve scaled it down to a single tomato plant to keep things simple. Although, knowing me I won’t have the heart to discard the volunteer plant, so who knows.
Big fat gooseberries all in a row!
Woah – a ripe strawberry already!
This is a new variety my son and I added for fun – Hawaiian strawberry. Judging from the picture on the plant marker, I’d say it’s ripe! Thoughts?
I noticed a whole new batch of my favorite baby yellow garden spiders yesterday on some trellis! I seriously love, love these little guys. Aren’t they cute?
Here is one of them, slightly bigger/older going to town on some poor insect on my kale.
There is exactly ONE pear growing on my son’s espalier tree (yes, it is his – it was his birthday present last year). It’s a red bosc. I sincerely hope it makes it or there will be some serious disappointment come fall.
A row of carrots coming along nicely. Can you spy the arugula leaves in this picture? Did I say I have arugula pretty much everywhere?!
So now we’re onto the last part of this post. The part where I tell you about the plant that’s so much on my mind: this beautiful angelica. I added this plant to my kids’ herb garden a few years ago, not really knowing much about it. This is the first year it’s flowered, and I’ve learned that angelica will often die after flowering.
A few weeks ago, I noticed some large bulbs growing on the plant and then recently, it’s produced this overwhelmingly sweet fragrance.
The other day I took my dog out to the backyard when I noticed the plant was COVERED in bees. As in, more bees than I’ve ever seen on any plant in my garden, including my raspberries.
Not only that, I’ve observed several different kind of bees on the plant at the same time. It’s really something else!
It’s a very mix of emotions, observing something so spectacular as this plant about to burst into full bloom, but also knowing it is likely doing so in an attempt to reproduce itself before it dies. I will certainly attempt to save some seeds and replant it. However, I have to say, I’ve been mourning the fact that this beautiful plant, which has been a fixture in my children’s herb garden is likely dying. Does it seem strange to mourn a plant?
Well I can’t just leave on that somber note, I suppose. Instead, I’ll give you the face of my dog, Smike. In spite of how he looks, I can assure you, this is his happy face. He has been enjoying sitting on the deck watching for hummingbirds and bunnies.
Now it’s your turn: have you ever “lost” a plant that you loved? What’s growing in your garden these days?
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