Here comes the rain! At least, that's what the 'meteorologists' are saying. On cool cloudy days, I make a concerted effort to do just one thing here at Xericopia - OBSERVE. This is still, in my book, the most important garden practice of all. Plus, why get all sweaty and dirty when the weather is so nice.
(serenity now, serenity now...)
I noticed my squash seedlings are making an entrance into the garden. Lots to plant and plenty to share (wink wink, nudge nudge, know-what-I-mean).
(Summer squash making their appearance!)
I have sunflowers galore, and the season is just getting started. These things come up like weeds everywhere (but not as bad as the hollyhocks). Sunflowers are perfect for simple bouquets around the house with lavender or penstemon or snapdragons. And, the flower petals are edible, so great for salads. The seeds I leave for the birdies in the garden (sparrows, finches, verdins, toehees, oh my).
(The sunflower garden is showing off)
Each year I have more and more of these red roses. Originally, I acquired the plant from a project in 2006 where I dug up the root stock. It only took it two years to start blooming and hasn't slowed. It only gets about 4 hours of sun, doesn't get fertilized, and not a whole lot of attention. I wonder if I talked to it more often if it would produce more roses? Something new to explore...
One neat surprise I discovered was another cauliflower. This was a bit hidden in the sunflower garden until the leaves got big. I couldn't quite recall what it was (broccoli? cabbage? brussel sprouts?). But, like everything else in the garden (including weeds!), just wait long enough and it's sure to bloom. Then you can figure out what to do with it.
(yummy cauliflower - ready for roasting with carrots and chard!)
With more rain expected in the weather forecast, expect more eye-time and smiles around Xericopia. (now go plant some seeds!!!)