Grateful For The Rains!

I am so grateful for the rains that have finally come to New England!  We are behind a good three inches of rain fall this season.   This has been a really unusual Spring, very cold and dry!  I enjoyed my afternoon walk around the yard late yesterday, joyful to see my happy veggies and flowers loving the showers!  My Lilac bushes and Cherry Blossoms are blooming.  Breath taking!  A gray rainy day cannot steal an ounce of their beauty for a second!

Cherry Blossoms

Lilacs Blooming

The colder nights are finally beginning to warm, staying in the mid 40’s or higher now.   I finally moved my seedlings outside to the deck earlier this week to get them acclimated for planting.  My long sweet peppers are finally starting take off and my Moon & Stars Water melons are catching up fast! (this is my first time trying water melons, so excited!!!!)

Sprouting VeggiesI am hoping to get some of my crops in the ground this weekend now that the temps are warming.  Once the sun starts shifting in late August, the garden starts to fizzle out.  I learned that the sooner I plant the longer I will be able to enjoy my harvest.  I am planting three weeks earlier than last year. ( I didn’t finish digging the garden till the end of May last year and got everything planted the first week of June ).

Garden 5-9-13

I have the garden clean and ready for the new additions!  Plotting what goes where is one of my favorite aspects of gardening, I love to mull over this for hours, read books to get ideas and inspirations.

Happy Beets and Peas

My veggies in the garden are finally doing great! They seemed stalled for weeks and now with these warmer temps and refreshing rains everything is really beginning to take off!  I think they are going to catch up to where they should be fast!  I am so excited to see how my carrots and beets turn out (also first try’s), love the idea of adding these to my selection of tasty veggies.   My pole beans are finally starting to sprout, I planted both Kentucky wonder and wonder wax.  If the weather and rains cooperates I suspect we can start enjoying some of the crops by the end of the month!

Unfortunately still no sign of any humming birds, I have had the feeder out for over a week and still no visitors.  I planted red petunia’s in the window box again, perhaps when they start growing and blooming this will attract them.  I suspect that when my Humming Bird Bush Blossoms they’ll definitely return!   Have any of you greeted these little visitors back to your yard yet?  I cannot wait to see these little beauties!

Now that the veggie garden is making progress and somewhat established I am looking at a few other areas in the yard on my “tackle” list.  The side of the house and the area around the driveway really need some love and attention so will probably work on those next.  I will be sure to share my planning and progress with you all! Hope your gardening and projects are all going great and that Spring is filling you all with noodling inspiration!

Wishing all of you Mother’s out there a Blessed and very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy May!

Happy May Everybody!

It’s amazing but May is already here!!!! I am a little late in my blogging this week but I have had a great time working in the yard! Our temperatures here in Massachusetts have been awesome. All of my daffodil’s have finally bloomed and their bright yellow colors are wonderful!  Nothing lifts my spirits like flowers!

DaffodilsBeing such a late Spring, I treated myself to a hanging planter full of yellow pansies a few weeks back, these were so pretty I just could not resist them.  They added a nice splash of color until my other flowers bloomed.

Yellow Pansie

 

 

My spring vegetables in the garden are really starting to sprout!  My sugar snap peas, my radishes and spinach are in the lead.  My carrots (that I am trying for the first time) and green onions are finally starting to poke out of the soil.

I’m so excited and happy you would have thought I won the lottery or something!  I just love gardening!  (Have you noticed your friends who don’t garden look at you like your nuts?????) 

I planted my first batch of sunflowers, Sunzilla (Giant) and Van Gogh (Ornamental), these seeds are from Renee’s Garden, I started them inside three weeks ago. They are all growing great!

Giant Sunflower

I also added a few Climbing Nasturtiums “Moonlight” also seeds from Renee’s Garden, to the corners of the vegetable garden where they can climb and bring more color.  I really like the idea of growing both vegetables and flowers together.  It’s like having the best of both worlds.

I worked on giving my herb garden a face lift with fresh mulch and added in some hot peppers (I got at my local nursery) and yellow marigolds.  I learned the hard way last year that most flowers become tasty snacks for the rabbits so won’t do that again. There are only a handful of flowering perennials and annuals they will not eat.

Herb Garden

My Double Blue Balloon Flower finally has popped through the soil! I thought I lost it but quickly learned these usually don’t start growing till late Spring.

Ballon Flower - Platycodon

I am reading up on all these plants and learning their growing patterns, there is so much I still don’t know about gardening! I’m learning and loving every minute of it!  I added in lavender, thyme and other herbs to replace the plants that didn’t make it through winter. I lost more than I anticipated, so hoping by planting them early this Spring they will be more established before next winter.

My bee balm is really doing well and so looking forward to them blooming!  These really attract the butterflies in my yard!  Thankfully they are hearty and easy to grow!

Bee Balm

Last year I planted numerous plants to attract butterflies and humming birds. (Humming bird bush, a butterfly bush (purple), pink and white phlox and bee balm.  So excited for everything to bloom!

We have our humming bird feeder out but no sign of them yet, with the temps getting warmer I expect to see them any day now!  I have only seen a few small butterflies but I expect to start seeing more of them soon too.  I am really looking forward to their return!

By chance anyone in New England seen Humming birds yet???? I will post and let you all know when they arrive here!  I would think they should be here in the next week or two.

I also recently came to the conclusion you can never have enough Basil in your garden, so also growing some in containers on my deck.  Just love fresh pesto and this will make more room in my garden for other veggies to try!!!!

Basil-Container

 

 I am also delighted that my Lilly of the valley is finally growing, I am hoping this will spread to help fill in this shady area of our back yard flower garden.  We have quite a few shady areas in the yard that I am hoping to add a few more perennials to this spring.

Lilly of the ValleyMy Snow Drop Anemone is growing great too and is filling out nicely.   These flowers are beautiful and really hoping it will bloom more this year as they make great cut flowers to bring a friend!

Snow Drop Anemone

Most of my indoor veggies are doing well with the exception of my tomatoes, my first batch died off except two, the second batch of seeds I started are slow to sprout.  May have to go buy them from one of the local nurseries.  I find it a challenge to find organic veggies, I was lucky to find the peppers, but may have to look for tomatoes if these seedlings don’t make progress.  Do you guys have a hard time finding organic veggies and herbs where you live?

Over the next week hoping to get my other garden beds planted and mulched, as well as welcome the return of the Humming birds and Butterflies.  Hope your Spring gardening and projects are going great!  Looking forward to reading everyone’s blogs to see what you’ve been up to.

Have a great week everyone!