Hello! I haven't had time to do much of anything lately, unless it has involved digging dirt and planting seeds. We have been working full time in the garden this past week and it's shaping up beautifully. Love being surrounded by electric green and the smell of dirt! (I once owned a candle whose fragrance was "dirt", no one liked it but me.) Speaking of dirt, we, along with the help of our two gardeners, spent two days double digging our veg beds and importing 8 cubic yards of wonder soil. Even with years of nurturing the soil with compost, it was tired, time for a major soil re-haul. Also, last year we uncovered a well in the middle of our lawn and had it filled in, but still over the years it had caused our vegetable garden to sink at one end. We moved the soil around to level it, added new soil, removed some old beds, replaced some, what a enormous job. We have another weeks worth of work ahead of us, then it will be maintenance for the rest of the season.
We've had a few days of rain, just enough to wet things down pretty good.
I took these pictures during the rain break.
I dug new water wells at the base of each rose.
Along our perennial walk I planted violet petunias and 2 foot tall cosmos behind them.
We planted 24 tomato plants this year.
Do you think that's enough for a family of two?
This would be a good time to take a wee break and admire the beautiful soil.
Almost nothing escaped my passion:
I refreshed-trimmed our herb plants and replaced the old icky woody ones.
Re-potted most pots, trimmed their roots and tidied them up.
Replaced all the soil and plants in my two 6 foot long window boxes.
I swoon when I walk by the orange blossoms.
The longest wisteria flower clusters are up to 3 feet long!
In the breeze they dance like lazy ballerinas.
The picture below shows that I have some major brick path cleaning ahead of me.
Oh my gosh, the roses....what can I say?
My husband spent a few days sprucing up the watering system.
Here's the list of plants we set out:
24 hybrid and heirloom tomatoes
6 Ichiban Eggplant
8 Marketmore Cucumbers
8 bell pepper plants
Cut and Come Again Mesclun mix
Parris Island Cos romaine
Crimson Crunch radish
French Breakfast radish
Yellow and Green Pattypan summer squash
American Flag leek
Italian Silver Rib chard
Pot of Gold chard
Pot of Gold chard
Jewel Tone mixed beets
Long Island Mammoth dill
We still need to plant our pole beans, Blue Lake Stringless
and bush beans, Classic Slenderette, a French filet type.
Our granddog Dexter, on the right, is here for a sleepover.
His best friend Toby lives across the street and came for a play date.
Here you see them in a rare moment of calm.
As a side note to this blog, but certainly not a side note to our lives, our son had his 2 year sober birthday this week. We are so very proud of him. To celebrate, we met him and his adorable girlfriend in the city (that would be San Francisco) and spent the day touring the WWII submarine and WWII transporter docked at Fisherman's Wharf. I share this because I know many of my readers have taken an interest in his struggle and success. He is so flattered that so many of my blog readers are cheering for him. Thank you from my heart.
Linking up to Planty Party.