Well, its been hovering around 80F for the past week and next week (my much anticipated week off to work in the garden) should be more of the same, with some days reaching 90F. To say that is above average temps is a slight understatement. So we skipped right past Spring and launched headlong into Summer. I can’t say I’m thrilled about it, but its better than snow, right?
The ‘Double Maureen’ tulips are STILL going strong. Nary a drooping head or browning petal to be found more than two weeks on. I’m honestly so impressed with this variety and would wholeheartedly recommend it. (I do not see this variety available at Brent and Becky’s this year, but will certainly buy more next time it is available.)
The Prairie Smoke (Geum trifloum) is doing its thing in most beautiful fashion and I’m delighted with how its soft, dusty pink plays off the lovely pinky-red of the ‘Firefly’ coral bells. The Cee Garden is coming along nicely this year and, after a few more additions, will be a really lovely place to enjoy the firepit and….
The irises are but moments away from exploding into a riot of purple (deliciously grapey scented purple) and I cannot wait. I must confess that, prior to this garden, I could take or leave irises in general. But they are just so happy here and put on such a fantastic show for us every single year that I can’t help but love them. There will be many more iris photos to come.
The Veg Garden is now fully planted out and ready to go. The new strawberry patch (lower left) is already churning out berries and we should have the first taste of sun-warmed fruit in a week or so. Its a much larger patch than we’ve had in the past, though I’m still not sure it is big enough to produce enough berries to get them inside the house to cook with. Most of them never make it outside the garden gate. Nom.
The lupins are making me feel at one with Chelsea and the gardens are filling out nicely.
And we finally got a good dose of rain overnight and through the day. Much needed and fills up the water tanks which were rather low. We are still eyeball deep in weeding the gravel paths, but forward progress is being made. With any luck, this week off from work will allow us to get some belated projects completed and some new ones started.
I hope you all have a lovely, long Memorial Day weekend and that your spring weather is proving to be a bit more spring-like than ours!