As a follow-up to yesterday's tiny taste, here's a huge main serving of what's up in the garden. Summer has come to San Francisco! At least, this week.
Seriously, it's been heavenly here: warm, so the plants and people are happy, but not like crazy mid-west heat-wave hot. It's been lovely, which makes a girl want to linger over watering and finally bring the camera outside again!
|hello morning glories (they're wild here)|
|herb city (who needs some mint? sage? thyme??)|
The timing of Summer in SF is, as you must know by now, a tricky thing. The reliably gorgeous late Spring can trick you into planting heat-loving plants, only to have them go all yuck in the fog. (See: last year.) This year, I decided to wait out the fog a little and hold off on the big-time Summer stuff (tomatoes, squash, etc) until now-ish or a little later. Still figuring this place out.
But, even though Summer here is elusive and tricky, it's undeniable that it's a time of transition and overlap out back. Spring plants have been holding on for a long time (we still have peas & favas!), the kale seems to know no season (hello harvest!), and the squashes (summer & winter) are off and running.
It's a season of many players:
1. The pretty
|sweet peas & sunflowers|
(plus our other "weed": nasturtiums)
|'april in paris'|
|volunteer blue borage (ok, it'll be prettier when it blooms!)|
|super baby sunflowers|
|the promise of blackberries|
2. The yummy
3. The Future
|more blackberry promises (aka bee mecca)|
|wee, delicate green bean vines|
|...and the wee beans|
|future snacks (aka sunflowers)|
|summer squash (we're growing regular zucchini & 'ronde de nice')|
(for Kristen's dad;
I've learned, begrudgingly, to limit myself to cherries and other small tomatoes)
4. The New
|new standing-height bed for herbs, lettuces, overgrown(!) spinach and blueberries|
|new native plant bed|
|love this foliage|
5. The Old
|the bolting kale & the very tall, very senior peas.|
i'm saving seeds for both.
|beautiful bolting lettuce.|
it will give me seeds for my new favorite lettuce, so it can stay and do its thing.
|cilantro, in flower|
|dill, in flower.|
these you can dry and put whole into pickle jars. pretty no?
6. The tenacious
|lemon verbena, from the previous homeowners|
we've built a deck in its sunlight, squashed it with bags of soil.
it wont stop, and it smells soooooo good.