Remember what my garden space looked like a couple weeks ago after I cleaned it out?
I spent yesterday from about 9 am until about 5pm (with a break for lunch) weeding (yes, they did manage to invade after all the rain we’ve had), raking, digging and planting. It was probably one of the warmest and most humid days we’ve had so far this spring (86 degrees F), but I finished planting all my veggies:
It doesn’t look like much right now, but there are 18 tomatoes, 33 peppers (varieties of both bell and hot), 12 zucchini, 6 yellow summer squash and 12 cucumber. I hope I haven’t overplanted my garden space this year! I started putting down some landscape fabric too (you can see that along the foundation of the house where the tomatoes are planted) in an attempt to keep weeds down a bit this year. I got too hot to finish that job; the black fabric just seemed to be throwing extra heat my way.
In addition to the veggie garden, my flower gardens have had some beautiful blooms this week too. Rhododendrons, woodland hyacinth, bearded iris and just this morning, poppies have all opened up. Do I have pictures for you? Of course! I even spent sometime with my extension tubes and tripod.
These are woodland hyacinth. They are not a large, showy flower. Those little bells are about 3/4 of an inch. The plants themselves are only about 6-7 inches tall. I thought they might make a nice extension tube subject, but my tripod, of course doesn’t go that low and resting the camera on the ground would be too low. So, I got down on my belly and parked my elbows on the ground as I held the camera. Here’s the best shot I got:
The rhododendron is in full blown bloom now:
and so are my beloved bearded irises:
Of course I played with the extension tubes on these also:
Right next to the delicate irises. Oh well! They are here to stay.
I just love this time of year. Don’t you?