In a recent issue, I told you about my Gardening Fever, which occurs every January. Now that spring is well under way, all my planning, ordering, and preparation has occurred and I am moving on to Gardening Delights, and I am certain that you are doing the same.
Early this morning, I took a walk around my property to see how things are progressing and you should do the same, as it is very invigorating. The humming birds were frantically drinking the nectar before their feeders started blowing in the wind. The lilies I transplanted after their blooms had disappeared looked strong and healthy. As I continued my walk, I noticed that the iris were starting to bloom and looked beautiful.
My garden was rototilled a few weeks ago in preparation for the seeds and plants. As I entered through the gate, I could see the Jerusalem artichokes coming to life. Each year, there are quite a few more, as they expand their territory. I started them with a package of the bulbs in the produce section of the grocery store. Next, I checked to see if any of the purple potatoes I had planted had started to sprout, but not yet. As I approached the asparagus bed, I noticed several spears were waiting to be cut. Since I now have over one pound, tonight there will be a feast.
In the herb garden, my chives plants are gorgeous, covered with their beautiful purple flowers. The curled parsley is ready to use, even though it was supposed to be an annual. At the back of the herb garden, the hollyhocks are growing taller each day. Russian Sage is growing fast and furious and so are the hibiscus.
As I continue my walk around the house, the red-hot pokers are growing rapidly. Earlier in the season, I cleaned them out and cut them back. Last year, I had 125 blooms at the same time. It was a spectacular sight, but I only wish the blooms would last a little bit longer. Finally, I looked at my weeping willow tree and my two purple locust trees. When I moved here ten years ago, I didn't know about the elk, and the trees went from twelve feet tall to four feet in one night. Now, they are more like bushes.
I an waiting to plant the seeds and purchased plants until the end of May, as the nights are still quite cool. As spring progresses into summer, get out and enjoy the changes in the things you have planted and that Mother Nature has provided, so that you too can say that you are enjoying the Gardening Delights of summer.