Third Summer – Yellow fades to pink

This is the first season at this house (we bought in Feb 2012) that I have witnessed the rebirth of perennials from the year before, and some new fall plantings/spring harvest crops. It seems like each year there is a little trauma and some major celebrations. For example, last year the favas that I seeded in the fall (from a package) experienced some black spot in the spring (2013). But last fall I inoculated the fava seeds I grew from the year before, before I planted them, and this spring they are looking GREAT. Huge pods. No black spot (despite the big freeze).  I planted them everywhere, around trees, in most beds for nitrogen fixing, and it was a great decision.

Healthy 2014 fava beans
Healthy 2014 fava beans
Favas ready to be picked...or left to dry on the stalk. If so, I need to forget this bed for replanting in the summer. Or I have to figure out interplanting.
Favas ready to be picked…or left to dry on the stalk. If so, I need to forget this bed for replanting in the summer. Or I have to figure out interplanting.

 

Some other lovely things that are doing well, or seeding, are the pink-seeded spring plants around the garden. Everything is pink!

French sorrel.
Pink French sorrel seeds.
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Beaujolais spinach. Quick to bolt, but was a lovely spring treat, and pretty in full form.
French sorrel continues to impress. Sweet delicate pink.
French sorrel continues to impress. Sweet delicate pink. And a lady bug too!
I know you're supposed to trim, but my first year rhubarb seeds are too lovely to cut off.
I know you’re supposed to trim, but my first year rhubarb seeds are too lovely to cut off.

On the other hand, some things that did well last year are struggling this year. I bought my garlic from different sources last fall. And with the conditions this winter (deep freeze I guess), all of my garlic, all three types (Nootka Rose, Spanish Rioja, and Music) got RUST. Really bad. So much that it’s now spreading to my summer elephant garlic. So sad. It makes me so sad.

RUST! NOOO!
RUST! NOOO!

And finally, other happenings in the garden!

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Fennel starts planted on my birthday in late March are doing a-ok. Can likely slice up soon. Need to be careful not to let go to seed, as I hear this variety (versus the bronze) can get weedy.
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Strawberries were first. Then the raspberries, then blackberries. Now the blueberries are ripening.
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Summer squash that I grew from seed are perking up nicely! Not as big as some others I see around, but it should be flowering soon. Proud that I set the seed myself.
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I have alot of monarda (bee balm) around. All look very similar. This guy is tucked behind my ever-growing red elderberry.
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I planted three different varieties of calendula. These seeds are from Wild Garden Seed in Oregon. Orange Barrel Flashback I think. https://www.wildgardenseed.com/index.php?cPath=30&osCsid=82e71f66c31847d6338aa88e752418aa
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And this calendula I think I got from the nursery. Lovely red back.
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Boisenberries. No thorns!
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My Cima di Rapa seed from Seeds of Italy has been successfully taking over the garden. Soon there will be blue chicory flowers everywhere, and I don’t mind a bit.
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More monarda. So showy!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Tamika Simpson says:

    Beautiful garden……nice images.

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