Today's Tuesday Coffee Chat asks us to brag about our gardens and flowers.
I certainly wouldn't call what I have done in my gardens this year bragging, but I do at least have enough done to participate in the Chat.
I finally took a break from building our ark this past weekend to plant some flowers in most of my pots and to get a few things in my vegetable garden. I have NEVER been this late in planting. I always plant my veggie garden about the last weekend in April and my flowers on Mother's Day weekend. But if we weren't bowling at state tournament, graduating a child, marrying off a child, or on vacation, it was raining and I couldn't get out to get it done.
I went a little mild this year, just opting for getting something colorful into my pots. I only have two more to fill, and I am going to use some starts from some pretty yellow flowers that my mom has at her house. They are perennials so we will be able to enjoy them every year. Speaking of perennials, some of mine are starting to bloom.
A couple of weeks ago I did go out in a rain shower and plant some strawberry plants and sweet potatoes. They are growing nicely.
Yesterday I finally got my tomato plants and jalapeño plants in the ground. Other than my oregano (of which I have enough to season foods in the entire country of Italy) and my garlic chives, that's all I have in my raised beds this year. The only other thing I think I will try to plant this year is a squash and/or zucchini plant. I'd really rather find a mature spaghetti squash plant, but I would imagine things are slim pickens this late in the game. We'll see what I can find.
My garden was a MESS! I pulled weeds, and pulled weeds, and trimmed nearby trees, and pulled more weeds to get it into any decent shape at all. And I'm still not done. I have about another day's worth of work to do in there (hoping for today because starting tomorrow it is forecasted to rain for the next 10 days straight!).
And that's pretty much it for this year ... except for this little surprise ...
While pulling weeds I came across this prickly vine in the corner of my gardening area, appearing there out of nowhere. I think it's a wild blackberry vine! I couldn't believe it! It's on both sides of the chain link fence. So I cleaned up around them, directed the vines to the fence, and now I wait. Oh how I would love it if that would just completely take over that whole side of my garden!