Gar­den­ing De­lights

Catron Courier - - Front Page - By Wilma Stan­ton, Mas­ter Gar­dener

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.

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