It was a beautiful, nearly hot week in the garden. I took lots of breaks from working in the still-chilly downstairs studio to just sit outside pondering, snooping, sipping coffee and sketching.
This new perennial-heavy garden plan has me hunting harder for signs of progress (it's a slower growing plan), which is an adjustment. In prior years I would have planted every single Spring seed (and every inch of soil) the day after I returned from an annual early February business trip. Little green shoots would pop up nearly in unison all throughout the garden beds, which was a fresh bit of excitement (and maintenance) every day. I think this new, "investment-y" plan's going to be great, but there's just not that visual WOW just yet. Patience.
|Lettuce sprouts! Multiplying overnight.|
|Do you grow Alpine Strawberries? You really should. They're pretty plants, almost never die, are perennial ever-bloomers, and the the tiny fruits are ah-mayzing. Almost like a watermelon-y berry taste. I planted mine from these seeds two years ago, and this newer plant was transplanted here from a tiny self-sown volunteer off the main plant. Super carefree: just plunk it in and it won't stop.|
|Such pretty flowers too.|
|crazy bed head + runny nose + dirt pile = fun garden times|
// Summary of the Week //
Sun: nearly constant! mid-70s most days. Actual sunburn danger (no complaints).
Seeds planted: kale (cavolo nero), 'catalina' spinach, chives, 'april in paris' sweet peas
Next up: 'bergamo bouquet' monarda, anise hyssop, carrots, parsley, cilantro, favorite lettuce
Spotted: wee salad sprouts (from 'Monet's Garden' mesclun mix), red-tailed hawks, hummingbird
Harvested: more thyme and rosemary
To buy: new watering can, copper tape (for slugs), more potting soil
To pot up: meyer lemon, kumquat, rosemary
To do: massive weeding and tidying (bet this'll be on the list next week!)