This weekend, I finally am getting to my garden planting. Usually I’ve put seeds in peat pots weeks before now, and planted my pots with annuals in early May. Not this year, so I had some catching up to do. My plants that survived the winter in the sunroom were moved to the veranda, but the other pots were still empty, and I didn’t have anything for my hanging baskets. I had swept the flooring of pollen, but it still needed a good wash before filling up the pots. So, after we played pickleball on Saturday morning, we dropped by Garden Jubilee, then came home and washed the veranda. I’m having friends over for lunch this coming week, and wanted it clean and fresh to eat on the outdoor table. I arranged the flowers I do have after the veranda was clean. The rockers are sitting in the yard ready for a bath.
Here’s a photo of the geranium’s deep pink flower, so intense in color.
Also on the veranda, this little purple calibrachoa survived the winter, and blooms happily on scrawny stems. I’m hoping that pinching it back just a bit will help it to grow a bit thicker.
The dogwoods are blooming profusely, this one is on the edge of the meadow. The creamy white flowers cover the branches.
This one is in the circle island in the middle of the driveway. Both are gorgeous this year.
Sitting in my chair one morning this past week, I was startled by movement on the veranda. Not little movement like Oliver, but big movement as a bobcat loped by the big sliding glass door! He stopped as he realized the railing was blocking him in, then turned around to go back to the steps to get out. He paused at the bottom of the steps, then dashed off, of course before I could get the camera focused to get a photo. I took this one in 2018, and it is the only one I’ve ever been able to get. He’s about 40 pounds with tufted ears and a spotted coat.
I was glad to see he didn’t make a dinner out of this turkey. She comes by pretty regularly, and I think is the one that was attacked by the red tail hawk some weeks ago. I haven’t seen any little ones, but I believe she spends a lot of her time in the cove to the west of the house. She gets tidbits of whole grain bread from time to time.
A rainy and foggy dawn Thursday morning, the clouds hung heavy in the valley, showing the layers between the hills to the next mountain ridge. The quiet of the early morning is relaxing.
Inside, the orchid has not really made any more progress in the last three weeks. It still is not fully open. A second flower bud is forming under this one.
I mentioned that this weekend is Garden Jubilee in downtown Hendersonville. The event covers about 8 blocks along Main Street, and in past years had wall to wall plant vendors.
This year was disappointing, as there were lots of craft vendors with some yard art, and things like jewelry and household items, but very few plant vendors. Only two were there that I recognized as being in this area. So we walked the festival in a very short time.
I got two tomato plants that went into the planter as soon as we got home. Did you know that if you bury a tomato up to its first leaves, the whole stem underground will make roots? This makes a very strong and vigorous plant. Here are the two, both Early Girl variety, one in the ground and one yet to plant.
And here it is planted deep. I placed tomato cages over both to support them as they grow.
The other plant I got was a pretty purple and white calibrachoa. I planted it in a container and put it inside the birdcage.
I noticed that the hydrangea is starting to bloom, and I am thrilled that it seems to be holding with the light purple color I like best.
The three pots of toad lilies may need to move from their spot, as brown leaves and spots may mean too much sun. I’ll keep an eye on them. They need a lot of water too.
Today, I’ll go to the garden center to get more plants to fill more of the pots on the veranda, plus more veggies for the planter. I want some cherry tomatoes, some squash and basil. Surprisingly, my parsley is doing great, having survived the winter. I want the veranda to be full of flowers as usual. I’m not sure what I’ll put in the hanging baskets this year, but it needs to be something hummingbirds like that doesn’t cost a lot. Perhaps petunias this year.
What is happening in your garden this week?